Who doesn’t always have books on their wishlist??!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where each week you list ten books. This week’s topic is: bookish wishes!
(Image links lead to the exact editions I’m eyeing up! Sprayed edges!)
Babel – R. F. Kuang
Synopsis: Oxford, 1836. The city of dreaming spires. It is the centre of all knowledge and progress in the world. And at its centre is Babel, the Royal Institute of Translation. The tower from which all the power of the Empire flows.
Orphaned in Canton and brought to England by a mysterious guardian, Babel seemed like paradise to Robin Swift. Until it became a prison… but can a student stand against an empire?
Maybe I haven’t exactly read the final book in The Poppy War trilogy like I’ve been planning to do for about ten years now. But it doesn’t mean I won’t immediately purchase this one! I’m already obsessed with the premise.
Carrie Soto is Back – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Synopsis: By the time Carrie retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Slam titles. And if you ask her, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father as her coach.
But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning, British player named Nicki Chan.
At thirty-seven years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record.
As much as I enjoy this author’s writing, I’m not a huge fan of celebrity stories, so I haven’t read all of her work. However, I’m really intrigued by the story here, particularly by the idea of a woman forcefully pushing back to the limelight after being forgotten by it.
A Hundred Other Girls – Iman Hariri-Kia
Synopsis: Noora’s life is a little off track. She’s an aspiring writer and amateur blogger in New York-which is a nice way of saying that she tutors rich Upper East Side kids and is currently crashing on her sister’s couch. But that’s okay. Noora has Leila, who has always been her rock, and now she has another major influence to lean on: Vinyl magazine.
The pages of Vinyl practically raised Noora, teaching her everything from how to properly insert a tampon to which political ideology she subscribes to. So when she lands a highly coveted job as assistant to Loretta James, Vinyl’s iconic editor-in-chief, Noora can’t believe her luck.
This Devil Wears Prada-esque book seems like a really interesting read!
The Golden Enclaves – Naomi Novik
Synopsis (for book 1): Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered. There are no teachers, no holidays, friendships are purely strategic, and the odds of survival are never equal. Once you’re inside, there are only two ways out: you graduate or you die.
My review for the previous book, The Last Graduate, is here. I hate final books in trilogies – they always make me far too excited while simultaneously nervous at the possible outcome. Extremely applicable for this book.
The Book Eaters – Sunyi Dean
Synopsis: Hidden across England and Scotland live six old Book Eater families. The last of their lines, they exist on the fringes of society and subsist on a diet of stories and legends. Children are rare and their numbers have dwindled, so when Devon Fairweather’s second child is born a dreaded Mind Eater – a perversion of her own kind, who consumes not stories but the minds and souls of humans – she flees before he can be turned into a weapon for the family… or worse.
This is such a compelling and rich summary that it’s definitely on my TBR! (And yes, it reminds me of The Binding and that’s why I’m going to read it.)
Lore Olympus (Volume 2) – Rachel Smythe
Synopsis: Witness what the gods do after dark in the second volume of a stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of the best-known stories in Greek mythology from creator Rachel Smythe.
I believe the first print book of this extremely popular webcomic was on my list the previous time I did this kind of post. Now they’re releasing the second volume! (It still looks odd to me not being in 16:9!)
Infamous – Lex Croucher
Synopsis: 22-year-old aspiring writer Edith ‘Eddie’ Miller and her best friend Rose have always done everything together-climbing trees, throwing grapes at boys, sneaking bottles of wine, practicing kissing… Now that they’re out in society, Rose is suddenly talking about marriage, and Eddie is horrified.
When Eddie meets charming, renowned poet – and rival to Lord Byron – Nash Nicholson, he invites her to his crumbling Gothic estate in the countryside. The entourage of eccentric artists indulging in pure hedonism is exactly what Eddie needs in order to finish her novel and make a name for herself. But Eddie might discover that trying to keep up with the literati isn’t all poems and pleasure…
The author’s debut novel Reputation, was a fun read with some unexplored potential, so I’m looking forward to seeing a more complex story here, although it doesn’t sound entirely different a plot to the first book, of which my review is here.
The Grief of Stones – Katherine Addison
Synopsis: In The Grief of Stones, Katherine Addison returns to the world of The Goblin Emperor with a direct sequel to The Witness For The Dead…
I haven’t read the first book, Witness for the Dead, yet, but I am certainly already adding this to basket!
Our Missing Hearts – Celeste Ng
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet and circumspect existence with his loving but broken father, a talented linguist now relegated to shelving books in a library. Bird knows not to ask too many questions, stand out too much, stray too far. For a decade, their lives have been governed by laws written to preserve ‘American culture’ in the wake of years of economic instability and violence.
To keep the peace and restore prosperity, the authorities are now allowed to re-locate children of dissidents, especially those of Asian origin, and libraries have been forced to remove books seen as unpatriotic – including the work of Bird’s mother, Margaret, a Chinese American poet who left the family when he was nine years old.
I can’t believe I missed the fact that Celeste Ng has written a new novel? Quietly freaking out about this. Also pretty frightening that a so-called dystopian novel doesn’t sound implausaible.
Bloodmarked – Tracy Deonn
Synopsis: All Bree wanted was to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death. So she infiltrated the Legendborn Order, a secret society descended from King Arthur’s knights—only to discover her own ancestral power. Now, Bree has become someone new: A Medium. A Bloodcrafter. A Scion.
That’s right, we are finally getting the Legendborn sequel, with another excellent cover.
Which books are you hoping to pre-order/purchase?