Books Wishlist and ROW80


I've got a wishlist as long as both arms, but realistically, not only should I read the books I already own, but I also can't afford to get a huge pile of new books. Still, there's always an excuse to get at least a few new ones (not even counting upcoming releases by Louise Penny and J. K. Rowling/R. Galbraith and others!).

Here are the ones that have recently moved up to the top of the list:

The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May

For research, she says. Because they're set on the isle of Lewis, where one of my characters comes from...

Harry Potter and the Philisopher's Stone in Scots!

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

"In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of the Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run. This is her salvation. Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth.

Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home. She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture. But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected—romantic, turbulent, and dangerous.

As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core."

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, facsimile first edition

"...a replica of the very rare first edition of The Hobbit, the only edition where one can now read the original version of the story before Tolkien re-edited it to become the one enjoyed by readers since 1951.

The Hobbit was published on 21 September 1937, with a print run of 1,500 copies. With a beautiful cover design, nearly a dozen black & white illustrations and two black & red maps by the author himself, the book proved to be popular and was reprinted shortly afterwards. History was already being made.

The scarcity of the first edition has resulted in copies commanding huge prices, way beyond the reach of most Tolkien fans. In addition, subsequent changes to the text particularly those to chapter 5, when Tolkien decided in 1947 to revise the text to bring it better into accord with events as they were developing in its sequel’, The Lord of the Rings - mean that the opportunity to read the book in its original form and format has become quite difficult.

This special printing reprints the first edition, so that readers of all ages not just children between the ages of 5 and 9’, as Rayner Unwin famously declared in his report on the original submission can finally enjoy Tolkien’s story as it originally appeared."

The Sesame Street Question And Answer Book About Animals

I had this book as a kid, but it seems to have gotten lost along the way.

Chu's First Day of School by Neil Gaiman

The Wealth of England: The Medieval Wool trade and Its Political Importance 1100–1600 by Susan Rose

For research!

Haven't been doing too well on ROW80. Editing, crafting... I've been trying to keep up with schoolwork! Please send some virtual energy!

Which books are on your wishlist?


Hi Deniz - as always an enlightening list ... and I must take note of a few of the books and see if I can get them here. Louise Penney keeps appearing ... so with 'your support' I'll see if I can get something organised here - and Emily looks like she's having fun with her books! - cheers Hilary
sage said…
"The Girl in the Road" sounds interesting. Right now, my "want list" for fiction is "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Nonfiction list is a little longer as I look for summer reading.
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Lovely, many of my favourites, especially The Hobbit that I used to read to classes many years ago.
First edition of the Hobbit would be a find!
dolorah said…
That's an eclectic reading list.
I still haven't read Go Set a Watchman, even though I've been wanting to read it for months. I like having wishlists for books though; it gives me something to look forward to. :)
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks for coming by, all!

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