TOP TEN TUESDAY: Bookish wishes

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Bookish wishes

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s topic is such a fun one! It was hard to think of ten bookish wishes, so I’ve got a wide variety of them. They’re in no particular order, but feel free to let me know down in the comments which of my bookish wishes you like the most (and share your own, too!).

Red Rising book six

Come on, Pierce Brown. I love you, but you’ve been keeping me waiting for far too long! Dark Age was published July 2019, and i’ts almost July 2020 and we have no news of when the final installment in the Red Rising series is to be expected. This is understandable, as Pierce shared on Instagram that he’d scrapped 200+ pages of the book and was rewriting it, but it hurts my soul. The gap between Morning Star and Iron Gold was only 23 months, and we didn’t even know to expect a fourth installment so we couldn’t be impatient! The sooner this book gets announced, the happier Alyce will be.

Muse of Nightmares UK ARC

I have a copy of the Strange the Dreamer UK ARC, and I would love to eventually get hold of a copy of ARC of the sequel. This is an absolute unicorn and it will never happen, but that doesn’t mean I don’t keep my eyes peeled every time I go into a charity shop. I’m finally reading Muse of Nightmares at the moment and thinking Laini Taylor’s writing is so beautiful, and I’m looking forward to picking up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy in the near future.

More illustrated classics

This was Sean’s suggestion, but I agree with him completely. For our anniversary I gifted him an illustrated copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and Chris Riddell’s artwork adds so much to the story. It would be great to see more classics – particularly modern classics – getting an illustrated makeover, as it breathes a fresh lease of life into a story that you may have already read multiple times.

Angie Thomas special editions

I love Angie Thomas’s novels, but I’m not a huge fan of the UK book covers. I much prefer the simplistic illustrated covers which are available in America. I would love it if a UK book box decided to reissue Angie’s works in hardbacks with covers reminiscent of the US style, and I’d snap them up as soon as they went on sale!

Better concentration

Although I could utilise better concentration well in my day-to-day life, I think it would really help me with my reading. For the past few months, for no discernible reason, I’ve been struggling to concentrate on reading. I’ll find myself rereading sentences – or even pages – over and over again, and my brain still won’t be able to digest the information it’s receiving. It’s slowed down my reading dramatically, and it’s beginning to impact my enjoyment of reading. If this would go away, it would be brilliant! But instead of wishing for the problem to go away, I thought I’d wish for better concentration. That way, even if the problem isn’t linked to my concentration and stayed, I would suddenly find myself able to focus on audiobooks more and I might be able to love reading in a different format. At the moment audiobooks are a struggle for me because I just don’t feel as though I’m retaining the information, so I feel disconnected to the story, world and characters.

A sequel to The Priory of the Orange Tree

I LOVED Samantha Shannon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree. I would have reread it already if it wasn’t over 800 pages and a huge time commitment, but I’m hoping to get it reread before the end of 2022 (possibly after I finally start The Bone Season). There are so many characters I absolutely love, and so much potential for further exploration in this world, and I hope Samantha Shannon chooses to write a sequel or a companion novel to this book.

…and a sequel to The Boy I Am

K.L. Kettle’s debut novel, The Boy I Am, was released at the beginning of 2021, and I really enjoyed it. However, as I mentioned in my review, I would love to see this book become the first in a series. The world is so complex and well-crafted, but we only get to explore 5-10% of it, and I found myself desperate for the story to continue so that we could learn more about the other Houses and the world outside of the Society.

To be a YA Book Prize judge

This is a big one! I would love to one day be on the YA Book Prize judging panel. I am a huge supporter of the YA Book Prize. I’ve read all of the books on the shortlist and chosen my own winner for the past six years (only missing the inaugural year in 2015), and this year I even did a reading vlog and a huge discussion video with Sean which culminated in us choosing our winner. It was so much fun, and I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year… But one day judging the prize myself would be the ultimate bookish dream come true.

A Tyler Joseph novel

Tyler Joseph – frontman and songwriter for twenty one pilots – is a lyrical genius. I absolutely adore the way he structures his songs, and some of the turns of phrase and mental images he crafts genuinely stick with you long after the song has finished playing. If he eventually decided to try his hand at writing a novel instead of another hit album, I think it would end up being one of my favourite books of all time. I can but hope!

More time to read

This is going to be on everybody’s list, but it needs to be said! The only thing harder to cope with than my constantly growing TBR is the ever-increasing realisation that I’m never going to have enough time to read all of the books on my shelves. If I could live on a couple of hours sleep (or could manage with a few minutes!) and use the rest of the time reading, it would be a blessing.

What are your bookish wishes? Let me know down in the comments, and thanks for reading!