Books I Want to Buy and Why #16: 2020 Releases!

It’s my birthday today! And since it’s the 20th, why not talk about the 2020 releases that I’m treating myself to as a birthday gift? I love a good number pattern, I wish there were 20 books but I only have eight…

A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris
Internationally bestselling Charlaine Harris is at her best here, building a compelling world of this alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power.

I didn’t really enjoy the first book in this series when I read it but I love Charlaine Harris’s writing style and honestly, I can’t stop thinking about An Easy Death so maybe A Longer Fall will surprise me!
14th January

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
It all happened so quickly. First, animals became infected with the virus and their meat became poisonous. Then, governments initiated the Transition. Now, ‘special meat’ – human meat – is legal.

One of my most common arguments I have with a friend of mine is whether or not human meat, given freely in the zombie apocalypse, would be vegan. So, even though it doesn’t sound like this meat is being given voluntarily,  I’m really looking forward to this. I wonder what happened to all the plant-protein like lentils and beans…
6th February

A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers
A young witch is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist, in this haunting debut novel.
Witches have been my jam for a while now and this one is a time-travel romance set in 19th Century France, 30’s Hollywood, 70’s LA and present-day Washington! I’ve never found a time-travel novel that’s worked for me but I have high hopes for this one.
11th February

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher. 

All he did was fall in love with me and the world turned him into a monster.
I don’t tend to read many issue books as I can find them a bit stressful, but I found Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov fascinating, and this is dealing with a similar topic from the victim’s perspective. I think it’s a must-read debut.
31st March

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
Long-suffering assistant Evie Summers will lose her job unless she can convince her film agency’s biggest and most difficult client, Ezra Chester, to finish the script for a Hollywood romcom. The catch? He hasn’t started writing it.I heard about this one from V.V. James’ Instagram post, yeah, V.V. James who wrote one of my favourite books of last year. She described it as a rom-com with Nora Ephron energy… Sign me up!
30th April 

Six Tudor Queens: Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir

Acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on extensive research to recount one of the most tragic tales in English history – that of a lively, sweet but neglected girl, used by powerful men for their own gain.
I’ve been reading this series since 2016 and although I have a proof, I’m definitely going to buy the hardcover. I have for the past four books and I’m really enjoying this so far! Look for a review in the future.

14th May

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.
Way back when I first started talking about books on this blog, I read The Hunger Games trilogy, and boy, those old reviews are rough. But they were the first books after years of not enjoying reading that I really loved and I’m so excited to see more of the world.
19th May

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his conservative Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas’s paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys. 

This has a trans main character, a gay romance, and ghosts. That could literally be a list of things I want to read more of in 2020, so June has never seemed to far away!
9th June

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Books I Want to Buy and Why #15: 2019 Releases!

2019 is lining up to be a great year in book releases with a couple debuts, some final books in series and more that I can’t wait to get my little paws on. I’ve read all the 2018 releases I was interested in, and ended up being released. These posts seem to be my good luck charm when it comes to follow-through. So, in order of release date…

The Coldest Blood by J.S. Law
This is the final in the Lieutenant Danielle Lewis trilogy that started with Tenacity (now called The Dark Beneath) which I loved. I didn’t like the second book, The Fear Within, as much. But I have high hopes for the final book and I’m really excited to find out how the story ends.
Release date: 24th January

A Bond Undone by Jin Yong
I’ll admit, I haven’t got very far into the first book in this series; A Hero Born, but the little bit I have read and the fame of this series has me convinced I will enjoy it enough to want the second book. They’re releasing one book a year of this twelve book series as they translate which is torturous though, I’ll be 36 by the conclusion!
Release date: 24th January

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
I went to a publishing event in Summer and was absolutely in love with how Candice Carty-Williams described Queenie. It sounds absolutely fantastic, and different from what I generally read since I’m not much of a contemporary person unless there’s been a murder.
Release date: 11th April

Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir
Y’all know I adore this series and have done since the first book! I’m so so excited about the Anna of Kleve instalment as she’s one of the few who went on after Henry VIII to live- and live a life that I know almost nothing about.
Release date: 2nd May

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver
Jeffery Deaver is my favourite crime writer. And finding out that he was starting a new series with a new main character? I need it. He’s a ‘reward-seeker’, rather than a detective and it focuses in on the video-gaming industry. The whole thing just sounds like it’s going to be a good read.
Although I’d love another Kathryn Dance book…
Release date: 16th May

The Poison Song by Jen Williams
If there’s one author whose work I fell in love with in 2018, it’s Jen Williams. The Ninth Rain was incredible. The Poison Song is the final book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy and I’m waiting as long as I can to read the second book so that the wait isn’t so terrible!
Release date: 16th May

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
If there’s a combination I’ve never been more interested in, it’s witches and LGBTQ+ characters. This is a debut, part-mystery, part-romance, that I can’t wait to get in my hands.
Release date: 28th May

Missing Person by Sarah Lotz
This was originally going to be released in March 2018 and I was really excited for it earlier this year. Almost 12 months hasn’t dimmed that excitement, Sarah Lotz writes some great books like The Three and I’m looking forward to what she does next.
Release date: 25th July

What books are you looking forward to in 2019?
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Books I Want to Buy and Why #14: 2018 Releases!

Last year, I wrote my 2017 list and wondered what would make it to this years list of releases that I’d want to buy. Well, past me, here you go! In order of publishing date and everything! This is actually the longest of these new release lists I’ve made; 7 books. And since I’m going to continue my 2017 goal of unhauling 10 books for every new book purchase… I better get unhauling!

Missing Person by Sarah Lotz
I’ll always be interested in anything Sarah Lotz is writing ever since The Three was such a mindblowing book. Admittedly, I didn’t like Day Four as much but her 2017 release; The White Road was a good’un so I can’t wait for Missing Person. I also find the real website this is based on fascinating, where anybody can help link up missing persons with unknown deceased; Lost & Found (TW: pictures of dead people).
Release date: 21st March

Six Tudor Queens: Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
I said when I reviewed the first book in this series that Alison Weir had got me hooked when it came to this series. Six books in six years about all six wives? Count me in! And I’m really looking forward to the Jane Seymour book because I don’t really know as much about her as Katherine and Anne.
Release date: 3rd May

Today by Felicia Yap
Yesterday was the thriller of 2017 and I really liked it so I’m looking forward to diving back into the world where everyone either has 24 or 48-hour memories. This is the prequel so I’m hoping for a lot more detail about how it all started.
Release date: 23rd August

Magisterium: The Golden Tower/ The Enemy of Death by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Now, there’s one name for this on Goodreads and another on Amazon so who knows. However, I do know one thing and it’s that I am both not ready for this series to be over, and desperately wanting to know what happens to Call in the final book.
Release date: 6th September

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling, Illustrated by Chris Riddell
Now, I’m not the biggest JK Rowling fan after my on-going re-read of the Harry Potter series and I do think they’re really just mining this series for every penny it’ll put out… But I’ll buy pretty much anything Chris Riddell illustrates so this is a tough one for me. I might re-read my old copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard and see how I feel then.
Release date: 2nd October

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
Charlaine Harris is an auto-buy author for me, but when I saw that this is about “the disintegration of America” and “a surefire hit for fans of The Walking Dead”… I’m wishing away months of my life so it’s October already. I need more of her writing in my life since I’ve recently finished all her series.
Release date: 4th October

Face Off by Brenda Novak
I just finished the second book in this series, Hello Again, and I’m already needing to know what happens next. I find serial killers and psychopaths fascinating and ever since reading the first book I’ve known that this is a series I will follow through on.
Release date: 29th November

What 2018 releases are you most excited for?!
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Books I Want to Buy and Why 13: 2017 Releases Edition!

I don’t really tend to think far into the future about book releases, but at the beginning of the year I like to get my favourites lined up for my diary, so I don’t realise a cliffhanger-relieving sequel is out two months late when I see it in a bookshop window. It’s also really interesting looking back at what I was hyped for last year compared to this year. The biggest change is definitely in the genre! No YA this year, although I’m still a sucker for series. I wonder what will make next years list…

The White Road by Sarah Lotz
Sarah Lotz blew my mind in 2014 with The Three. To this day, I still think about that book and the story. It frequently gets a smile when I pass my shelf. I recommend it to people liberally. Admittedly, the follow-up, Day Four didn’t quite stand up to my expectations but I think that was because it struggled with being a companion novel/ sequel. The White Road, on the other hand, is a stand-alone and has a social media aspect which I love since the Scream TV show did it so well. I can’t wait. I’m already planning a day where I just do nothing but read this.
Confirmed publishing date: 4th May

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Wier
If one series I started in 2016 completely blew. my. mind, it was the Six Tudor Queens series by Alison Weir. I read the first book, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and I cried over someone who has been dead for 500 years. I spent over a month reading it and I am not normally one for slow books. In fact, I bought the hardcover despite being a poor student and owning a beautiful proof copy. I just needed them both on my shelf. Now I’m waiting as patiently as I can to get Anne’s side of the story, and her opinion on my girl, Queen Katherine.
Confirmed publishing date: 18th May

Defiance by J.S. Law
Another series I started last year that I rather enjoyed was the debut, Tenacity by J.S. Law, a navy man turned author. It had everything I wanted; a brilliantly written female main character, intrigue, accurate navy stuff, a concluded murder mystery and the beginning of a plot thread that will lead the series on. When I wrote my review I could hardly believe it was a debut. I’m really looking forward to seeing where Dan goes next on her quest for justice.
Possible publishing dates: 8th August/ 6th October/ 21st September

Hello Again by Brenda Novak
Last time I mention starting a series in 2016, promise, but I did read Her Darkest Nightmare in October. Since then I’ve been watching documentaries, reading Reddit threads, looking up ‘fun’ facts all about psychopaths. Brenda Novak picked a really interesting group of people to feature in this series. I really liked the first book and I think I’m going to like the second just from the small hint in the last chapter of what is to come, and that sinister title.
Possible publishing dates: 24th August/ 3rd October

What books are you looking forward to in 2017?
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(Audio)books I Want to Buy and Why #12

Recently, with Amazon and Audible I took advantage of their 90-day Amazon Prime Free Monthly trial. Which translates to three credits, one a month, meaning three audiobooks. I’ve waxed lyrical about my love for Amazon Prime before but this was the thing that actually got me really excited since I’ve been trying to get back into audiobooks but dang, they expensive! So, I thought I’d write a Books I Want to Buy and Why post and ask the opinion of you, dear reader…

Out of these eight, which three do you think are the ones to buy?

Under The Dome by Stephen King
I’ve recently started watching the TV show of Under The Dome and I love it! It’s exactly what I wanted Gone by Michael Grant to be. But I’m a firm believer that the source material for a TV show or movie is, not always but generally, better. And I haven’t read a Stephen King in a while even thought he’s one of my most owned authors.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I mentioned in my Books I Took to Northumberland post that I was currently reading this book aloud to a friend of mine. Well, that was doing a real number on my throat so I thought I’d just get the audiobook instead and we could listen to it together. This is just the type of book that deserves a long, slow read.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien
This series is on my Eventually TBR and I really do want to read them. However, after a bad experience trying to read The Hobbit last year I don’t want to go in unprepared. So I’m thinking that an audiobook to read along to, at least until I get accustomed reading Tolkien, might be the way to go!

On The Road by Jack Kerouac
There are certain plots that just sound like they would make great audiobooks, and doesn’t a road trip across America sound like one? Although, add Gods to that and you have American Gods by Neil Gaiman which I didn’t get along with. Hmm…

Dune by Frank Herbert
How about a throwback to the first Books I Want to Buy and Why with Dune! I haven’t bought the physical book and I’m not sure how the plot of this epic will translate to audiobook. But I do still really want to read it and I like the narrators voice.

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe by Various Authors
One of the times that I find myself listening to audiobooks and podcasts the most is actually in Winter, and specifically the run up to Christmas since so much mundane nonsense needs doing. Tidying, decorating, wrapping, all prime audiobook listening time. So why not listen to something christmassy? And it has stories from Charlaine Harris and Carrie Vaughn, both of whom I love.

Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen by J.K. Rowling
I’ve been low-key trying to learn German for a while now and one of the things that’s recommended is to read your favourite book in the language! Harry Potter isn’t my favourite book (shock horror!) but I know it very very well so I think I’d be able to follow it pretty well, even in German. I wanted to read the book a while back but now I’m thinking the audiobook would be better to get to know pronunciations and tone better.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
I mentioned wanting to read this in another Books I Want to Buy and Why #9 back in February but I wondered about the audiobook and found myself listening to the sample. The voice was familiar. Turns out it was James Masters! AKA Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Seriously, Spike as a wizard private detective? Sign me up.

So which should I pick?
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Books I Want to Buy and Why #11

I’m starting to run out of books on my wishlist for this series! Quick! Recommend me some books! It’s time for Books I Want to Buy and Why #11, the series where I show you eight books I want to buy, and tell you why I want to buy them.

This weeks eight are…

The Nameless One by Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart
Last week I talked about the authors who make up the majority of my collection and Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart made the list with their Muddle Earth books and The Edge Chronicles. I’ve been wanting to re-read and actually finish this series for a while now because I never completed it as a kid, and I have some gaps in the series. This fills one of them!

Highway to Hell by Max Brallier
A couple of years ago my christmas present from my brother was themed around zombies, there was a Rick Grimes action figure and Max Bralliers first book; Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? It’s an interactive book where you make choices and see where it gets you. I love it. So, obviously, when I found out a companion book was coming out- you bet it joined the list.

The Twelfth Card by Jeffery Deaver
Another book that was added when I was organising my most owned authors post, I want to read the Lincoln Rhyme series in it’s entirety and to do that- kinda need the sixth book that I either never had or has been lost to the book stealing storage unit. I’ll probably wait until I actually start my read of the series to buy it though.

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
This is the second book in Charlaine Harris’s new trilogy, the first book actually featured in Books I Want to Buy and Why #6 and then I got it for Christmas. But I’ve been holding of reading it because I’m not great at waiting for new books so I’m waiting closer to the release of book three, Night Shift, which isn’t out in paperback until next year although the hardcover is out already I think. Damn my need for series to match. Either way, I want Day Shift.

Murder Is Binding by Lorna Barrett
This is the first book in a cosy crime series set on a street of book stores! The main character sets up her own mystery book store, she’s living the dream. Except for all the murder. I love reading about reading, it’s one of the reasons I’m in the book blogging community, and I love cosy crime so this is right up my alley.

Glaze by Kim Curran
This is a YA Dystopian book surrounding social media. And I had been watching a lot of Black Mirror when I found it so I added it to my wishlist and kind of forgot about it until I made this list! It still really peaks my interest though. We’re at a time where social media is evolving so fast. I remember thinking Instagram would never take off. It promises to be an interesting read and it’s been a while since I read any YA.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
As a kid, I read a book that had the main character talking to someone about this book. I can’t remember what the book was, but I always remembered that conversation. I don’t know much else about it, but I’ve never read anything by Hardy before and c’mon- the Penguin English Library cover.

Killer Instinct by S E Green
A couple weeks back I was browsing Sarah’s blog after meeting her down in London at the Pierce Brown event at Hachette, and came across her review for Killer Instinct. It is one of my goals to write a review where the person immediately needs a book, because Sarah nailed it. I was on Amazon in a second and adding it to the list!

What’s on your wish list? Have you read any of these books?

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Books I Want to Buy and Why #10

I can’t believe this little series is up to it’s tenth post! Pretty neat. Books I Want to Buy and Why is where I tell you about eight books I want to buy and why I want them. I find it really helps me prioritise when I write exactly why I want to read them and my readers always have great insight into what is worth getting. You can read the rest of the series here!

Books I Want to Buy and Why #10 Including Firstlife by Gena Showalter, Dubliners by James Joyce, The Walking Dead Book 9 by Robert Kirkman and Cliff Rathburn, Early Daze by Jennifer Gilby Roberts, Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This posts eight books are…

Firstlife by Gena Showalter, Dubliners by James Joyce, The Walking Dead Book 9 by Robert Kirkman and Cliff Rathburn, Early Daze by Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Firstlife by Gena Showalter
I knew I was in trouble the minute I saw that cover. Look at it! Firstlife is about a world where the afterlife is really important and these two realms want the main character and are fighting over her or something. I’m not too sure. All I know is that it has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen and I’ve heard great things about Gena Showalter in the past so I’m more than willing to give this a go!

Dubliners by James Joyce
I was looking at the reading list for my future modules and Dubliners jumped out at me as I already had it on my Penguin English Library wishlist! I’m a sucker for a pretty cover and that rubber-y finish on a book, but also, this story really appeals to me. I love Dublin, I love the time period, I’m pretty positive I’ll at least like this book.

The Walking Dead Book 9 by Robert Kirkman and Cliff Rathburn
As you may know, I’ve been re-reading my The Walking Dead comic books and while I have the twelve issues in this hardcover in singles- I’d like the hardcover as it’s much easier to read and it’ll just look so nice on my shelf. I don’t know why I cringe at the price so much when the individual issues are £2.20 each.

Early Daze by Jennifer Gilby Roberts
I’ve had this on my wishlist for at least two years. It’s a novella about having a premature baby and life when you’re a mother of a baby in the NICU. It just sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading, as someone interested in the whole having babies thing but not at all ready yet. And I don’t think I’ve heard of any other book covering the topic.

Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love chocolate with a fiery passion. And I love cosy crime novels. And books in general (obviously). So a cosy crime novel based in a book/chocolate store… It’s the book of my dreams! In all seriousness, nothing has filled the gap that Aurora Teagarden left. But I’m hopeful.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
After a questionable exploration into being a Hot Feminist, I’m ready to see what it takes to be a Bad Feminist. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this collection of essays and I’m on the look out for some non-fiction where I can actually get past that 50% mark.

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
I have never read an Agatha Christie book. I know. I just always wanted to start at the beginning and when I was a kid it was a lot harder to figure out the order of novels. But as an adult, I have the internet, Amazon, and way too much free time apparently. I saved every Agatha Christie book and made a note of what order they were. This is the first Miss Marple and I am so ready to start this journey.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
In a conversation with my soulmatepal, they recommended this book to me as it’s their favourite. And I take peoples favourite books very seriously. Admittedly, this has never really appealed to me before, maybe because I’m older than the coming-of-age audience, but I’ve heard great things.

What books are you hoping to but soon? Have you read any of these?

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Books I Want to Buy and Why #9

It’s that time again! Books I Want to Buy and Why time, where I show you eight books that I want to buy in the future and tell you what it is about them that appeals to me. Please let me know if you’ve read any of these, what you thought and what books you want to buy and why!

Covers of eight Books I Want to buy

Let’s do this!

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Pretty much everyone and their mother has been talking about this book over the last couple of months. I have almost no idea what the plot is, but I know it’s presented as emails, images, and documents rather than regular prose which is how one of my favourite books; World War Z by Max Brooks is written.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Another Reddit recommendation that I can make appeal to you too in three words: Wizard Private Investigator. How am I supposed to not read this? This is pretty high priority for me actually because I love magic books, and private investigators are so interesting to me.

Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance After Valkyrie by Randall Hansen
I’m making more of an effort to read non-fiction this year and my favourite subjects to read are about the time of WWII, George VI and the German Resistance. I know a lot about Valkyrie, and have visited Bendlerblock in Berlin, the headquarters of the group, but I don’t know much about resistance after that failed. I’d like to though!

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
I’m sure by now everyone who reads this blog on a semi-regular basis knows that I’m a sucker for contemporary supernatural series. This is the first book about Anita Blake in a world similar to Sookie Stackhouse where vampires are out of the coffin and in society. But unlike Sookie, Anita is a vampire hunter.

Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloé Kardashian
I’m not a hugely consistent Kardashian fan but I binge watch it from time to time and I really like Khloé so when I saw that she had a book, I added it to my to-buy list. I’m all about strength, health and positivity when it comes to appearance so I think I’ll like this one.

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper
Another book about vampires. Don’t judge me. As far as I can gleam from the blurb; nerdy librarian gets fired, goes on a bender, get shot and gets turned into a vampire. I love books about vampires. I love books about librarians. It doesn’t take a lot to convince me I need the first book in this series.

Jessica Jones: Alias Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos
Who else has watched Jessica Jones on Netflix? Everyone? Good, because it was an absolutely amazing show. I watched the whole series in about three days and I’m a big fan of reading the original comics of shows I love.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
I haven’t even touched a high fantasy novel since I didn’t get along with Game of Thrones but this is one of my personal trainers favourite series and she’s pretty insistent I start it. I keep hearing great things about Robin Hobb as well so hopefully I like this a little more than GoT!

What books are you thinking about buying?

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Books I Want to Buy and Why #8

Blogging always gets a little hectic around January- don’t you think? Everyone’s resolution is to blog more. It’s great! But I think I’ve finally finished all my New Year type posts so I thought I’d jump right back into normal blog mode with the 8th post in the Books I Want to Buy and Why series!

So- what are today’s choices?

What’s a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria Laurie
I saw this series in a picture on bookstagram but I can’t for the life of me remember who posted it. I finished the Sookie Sackhouse series in 2015 so I’m looking for a supernatural mystery type series to fill the gap. This looked like it might. It’s about a medium who helps souls cross over, sounds promising!

F*ck! I’m in My Twenties by Emma Koenig
How am I nearly 22? How did this happen? I don’t know how to do such basic things. I don’t know how to cook an egg! As always, I start feeling a little stressed when my birthday approaches. I’m not a birthday fan. But I am a fan of any journal-type-thing that apparently mentions fanfiction. Yeah, I found out about this on Tumblr.

Confessions of a Guidette by Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi
We know by now that I love Snooki. One of her other books has already popped up on another Books I Want to Buy and Why post. This is her second book, (I’ve reviewed the first one) and is a memoir/guide rather than fiction. I personally love Jwoww’s The Rules According to Jwoww so I have high hopes for Snooki’s version.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Another Penguin English Library, I know, but how have I got to 21 and never read Great Expectations? This feels like one of those books that I really should have read by now. Or at least own so I can pretend that I’m going to get around to it soon. In fact, the only Dickens I’ve read is A Christmas Carol. Not great, Imogen.

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
I’ve been listening to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast for years now and I really enjoy it. I even saw it performed live in September of last year. So when I heard that they were putting out a book, I was intrigued. I can’t decide if I should get the hardcover or the audiobook, but since I’m behind on the podcasts, the physical copy is probably the best bet.

The Stranger by Albert Camus

A while ago I was scrolling /r/books and found a thread about books that helped people out when they were depressed. Someone said; ‘After months of depression, The Stranger taught me to stop giving a f*ck.’ It’s recommendations like that, that make you sit up and pay attention, so on the wishlist it went. 

Ultimate Storm by Richard Castle
Pre-show Castle wrote a series about a man named Derrick Storm. He dies in the book presented in the pilot episode but turns out- he’s alive and back in this collection of three stories. I have the graphic novels about Derrick Storm and I’d like to add this to my Richard Castle collection. I’m a marketing persons dream.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
I read The Walled City by Ryan Graudin in March of last year and really loved it. I was immediately looking up more of her work, to find that this was coming out in a couple months. But since I’m mainly a paperback collector and I have The Walled City in paperback, I’m waiting until May for this I think.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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Books I Want to Buy and Why #7: 2016 Releases Edition!

Today’s Books I Want to Buy and Why is a little different because none of these books have actually been released yet, there are only four and only two have released covers. I’m not really up to date with releases and debuts because my TBR is so long with books I already own but there are some series with books coming out this year that I will be buying on release day! And they are…

Morning Star by Pierce Brown
As far as I’m aware, this book is coming out on the 11th of February and is the final book in the Red Rising Trilogy. I loved the first book. I thought the second book was good too. And I’m super excited to see where the final book goes. And, of course, the movie!

Magisterium: The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
The information on this is pretty spotty but it does look like it’s coming out in 2016. I started this series in 2015 and reviewed the first book and the second book within a week of each other. They blew me away and I’m dying for some new information on book three.

Dominion by Jennie Ridyard and John Connolly
When I originally wrote this post this read: “I would sacrifice my first born to get a copy of this book. I’m really really really looking forward to this book. I’ve loved this series from the get-go and it’s only got better so I really want Dominion, in my hands, now, please. I’m not sure I can wait until the 25th of February, or if this is the final in a trilogy or if the series will continue (please book gods).” So as you can imagine, pretty stoked about the early copy that’s shown up. Review will come as soon as I re-read the series because it’s been over a year since I read Conquest and coming up to a year since I read Empire.

All The Little Liars by Charlaine Harris
A new Aurora Teagarden book! This is all circumstantial, Charlaine Harris said on her Goodreads page that the first of two new books to this series will be coming out in late 2016 if she ‘gets her wheels on and finishes it’. Recent posts on Facebook hint towards a Fall release. I’m hyped. I love the Aurora Teagarden series!

What 2016 releases are you looking forward to?

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