Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Wishlist Shortlist + Recs Please!

Last week I made my last book purchases until the month of June... Realistically, the month of June isn't that far away, but in my bookish mind: it is! So, what do I do in the mean time? Start planning my next bookish buys, of course! So today I thought I'd share a bit about that, as well as looking for some recommendations from you lovely readers.

Much like not being a one book reading kind of person, I'm also not a one book buying kind of person either... And as I'm sure you can imagine, much like yourselves, my current wishlist is pretty lengthy. 

I don't buy all the books on my wishlist. Every time I see a book that is of interest to me, I make a note and over time narrow that list down to what I call my wishlist; books typically make my wishlist after some research into a book. Having said that, I also don't buy all the books that ever make it on to my wishlist - I mean, who has the money for that?! But what I mean is, like my bookshelves, I regularly work through my wishlist and take away any books that perhaps no longer fit my reading preferences (which apparently change quite often). When I know I'm going to do some book buying, I look over my wishlist and make a longlist, which gets narrowed down to a shortlist, which then decreases some more and I end up with my final 'in the basket' buys. 

Today I'm sharing with you my current shortlist titles - if you've read any of them, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I've been working my way through Kate Morton's writing, having fallen in love with it a couple of years ago, and I'm keen for this to be the next title of hers I read.

YA isn't my usual go to read - I tend to read MG and adult fiction - however I've started to dip my toe back into the YA world, and love the sound of this book. 

I only recently came across this title, however I've personally not read a middle grade book with a father-son relationship being central to the plot, so that's one of the big selling points of this title to me.

The Dry was a very recent read of mine, but I know I'm keen to pick up the next Aaron Falk title - my dilemma with this one though is that the paperback edition isn't out just yet here in the UK... And I think I may want to wait for that.

I'm thinking this is pretty much a given as being one of the next purchased books of mine - if I were to name a most anticipated title of the year, this would be it.

I haven't read a Kristin Hannah novel yet, but I love the sound & premise of this one... Plus I tend to really love books set in Alaska.

The only non-fiction title on my wishlist shortlist currently. I love books about books and I've heard nothing but good things about this one.

Not my usual kind of read, drawn in by the cover initially, however the more I learn of this book the more I want to read it.

I don't have much to say about this title, other that the fact that I've wanted to read it for quite some time but it keeps getting axed off the shortlist when it comes to actually buying the books.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
This is quite a buzz book of the year, and typically I avoid those or wait for the talk to die down before picking up myself, however I really want to read this one! Initially, I looked to borrow this title from my library, however it seems they aren't currently carrying it.

So there are the ten books that I currently have my eye on buying in the very near future, and whilst I do still need to narrow the list down - to roughly 4 or 5 - I am also really keen to get some book recommendations from those reading this. 

I'd love to hear about your last five star read, or a book you'd recommend that is rich in landscape.


  1. I liked the first 80% of The Great Alone, but the ending didn't work for me. (Lots of others loved it though.) The Woman in the Window has had so much hype, but it's another one I didn't love.

    The two five star books that really stand out for me this year are The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman and Circe by Madeline Miller. The Gunners is about a group of 6 childhood friends who reunite as adults after a tragedy. It was just a beautiful story, well written and well told. Circe was not even on my radar, but a blogger I really trust raved about it, so I thought I'd give it a try and I think it's my favorite book so far this year. Don't be turned off by the idea of mythology because in the end it's just a compelling story about a really interesting woman. There are reviews of all of these on my site (except for Circe which will be up next week).

    1. Ooo... I'm intrigued hearing that about The Great Alone as I have heard nothing but positive things so far. The hype behind The Woman in the Window is one of the reasons I was keen to borrow it from the library rather than buy it myself, as I'm not too sure if I'm going love it or not. But I don't know if I have the patience to wait for my library to get it. Ha!

      Also, Circe has been on my radar but in all honesty, the mythology aspect was making me a little hesitant so I'm glad to have heard you say that.

      I'll definitely be reading your reviews of all the books mentioned (& keep a look out for your Circe review). Thanks for sharing, and the recs!!

  2. I am the black sheep the didn't love The Woman in the Window. Most did though. I want to try Force of Nature andThe Great Alone. A recent read I loved was The Husband Hour which was women's fiction. Good luck narrowing these down!

    1. I have actually heard some mixed reviews re: The Woman in the Window - which I think intrigues me all the more! Sorry to hear it didn't work out as well for you.

      I'll be sure to look into that title; thanks for the rec!

  3. YES for The Forgotten Garden! I only have one left to read by Kate Morton and keep putting it off because I don't know when her next book will be! I keep meaning to get to The Girl Who Drank the Moon -- I've heard some mixed reviews on that one, but I really do want to get to it since it's a Newbery Medal book :) I had not heard of Bookworm before, but now it's on MY wishlist -- it looks so good!

    1. I think I have 3 Kate Morton books left - all of which I'm keen to read. I totally understand why you're putting it off!! Which one do you have left?

      I've heard a few mixed reviews with regards to The Girl Who Drank The Moon, but I love the premise behind the book.

      Haha! Doesn't Bookworm sound great?!

    2. I have her newest left — The Lake House. But I just looked on Goodreads and she has a new book coming in the fall! So maybe I can finally read this one now :) :)

    3. I'm actually reading them out of order and have already read The Lake House; I really enjoyed it & I hope you do too.

      Also - YAY for a new release!

  4. The Forgotten Garden was the first Kate Morton book I read and I loved it! I'm working my way through The Secret Keeper now. This sounds like a really great list and several are on my TBR. I hope you enjoy them all!

    1. The Secret Keeper is one I still have to read myself - I hope you're enjoying it!


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