Good morning everybody and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! It’s been a few weeks since I participated in one of these! I actually just moved my To Buy wishlists from Goodreads to Amazon and Thriftbooks wishlists, so I’ve been thinking about the things I want to add to my library!
That said, rather than go into the books that I want to buy, I actually want to share the ones that I have on pre-order! My “To Buy” lists are made up of books I’ve listened to on audiobook and want to get a hardcopy of. Most of those, I’m just watching for sales. Or, in the case of The Wise Man’s Fear and The Lies of Locke Lamora … I’m hoping to stumble into a hardcopy edition.
It’s been difficult for me to preorder books with two active book box subscriptions, because I don’t like to end up with duplicates. Fortunately Illumicrate and OwlCrate have not overlapped, and there were a couple books I was able to figure out I had preordered and skipped the month. Here’s a few books I’ve had pre-ordered for a while now that I’m really looking forward to!
#1. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
I’ve been a fan of Emily Lloyd-Jones since I read The Hearts We Sold back in 2017. Her ideas are so unique for YA and I was completely surprised by her debut. I’ve been anxiously awaiting her sophomore novel ever since.
I can tell you guys that this will be included in one of the upcoming September book boxes, so if this is a book you’re excited for and you adore spooky vibes, this is one you’ll definitely want to grab!
Exciting keywords for this book? A decades-old curse, the rising dead, gravediggers, and a sibling story.
#2. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
This one is coming up just a few days before my birthday, so The Secret Commonwealth is basically going to be an early birthday present for me.
I grew up reading and re-reading His Dark Materials, and to this day, The Golden Compass is one of those books I reach back to for a lovely nostalgic read. It’s still such a good story. When La Belle Sauvage came out a couple years ago, I was over-the-moon excited for a continuation of this story… only to find out that the volumes in The Book of Dust would be all over the place. The Secret Commonwealth is the one I’ve been waiting for – we’re back with Lyra in London after the events of His Dark Materials. Yes, please!
Exciting keywords for this book? Lyra Silvertongue is back, a haunted city, and a mission that takes our characters all over the world.
As an aside, I really think one needs to be familiar with both His Dark Materials and La Belle Sauvage before embarking on this story. 🙂
#3. A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo
I still firmly believe that Miranda Asebedo’s debut novel, The Deepest Roots, was one of the most tragically underrated books of 2018. She writes beautifully, with original but subtle storylines and wonderful relationships between characters. I am so excited for her next work.
This book, in particular, sounds wonderful. I get a lot of the same vibes I got from The Deepest Roots, though it’s a different storyline. Miranda’s heroines are beginning to show a theme of being struggling young women who turn to their unconventional gifts to get things done and I am here for it.
Exciting keywords for this book? Small town midwest settings, a thief character, amazing friendships.
#4. The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer
Well, okay, I’m not really sure what to think about this one, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely curious. At the end of The Last Guardian, it was pretty clear where Colfer was going to go with the series if he decided to go anywhere at all. I’m withholding judgement about Myles and Beckett at this stage because I’m not sure how Colfer decided to develop these characters.
This feels like the start of a new series, however, and as a big fan of Arty’s (admittedly, nostalgia plays a part here) I am excited to see this world open up again. But the plot lines in the last couple books were a bit silly and it’ll take a lot for these characters to capture the essence of Artemis, Holly, Butler, and the LEP crew.
Exciting keywords for this book? Continuation of an old favorite, possible cameos, twins, faeries, magic, and mayhem.
#5. Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw
Much like The Bone Houses and A Constellation of Roses, this book comes to my TBR as a much anticipated sophomore novel from an author whose debut I thoroughly enjoyed. Now, where I am head over heels for the debuts from these other two authors, I did have some basic issues with some things in The Wicked Deep that I felt were a little shallow, so I’m interested in seeing how Shea Earnshaw has grown with this, her second book.
Atmospherically, though, The Wicked Deep was amazing, and I’m so looking forward to those same vibes in Winterwood.
Exciting keywords for this book? Spooky atmosphere, a girl with a connection to the woods, and dark secrets.
#6. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Honestly, I don’t think that this community needs much of an introduction to The Starless Sea, especially after I gushed about it in the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag. Nevertheless, for those just now joining us at home, heck yes! I am super excited to see this next novel from Erin Morgenstern. The Night Circus absolutely captured my heart, and on a more personal note, helped me through a really tough time in my life.
Morgenstern’s debut novel was an exercise in subtle romance, enchanting magic, and a world so immersive that your could smell it and see it. I expect this same level of magic from her second book, and I am sure she will not disappoint.
Exciting keywords for this book? Very highly anticipated, mysterious books, buried places and secrets untold, all the aesthetics.
#7. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
I’ve read Children of Blood and Bone twice now, and I’m still in love with the story and the characters, so the wait for Children of Virtue and Vengeance has felt impossibly long. When the release date got pushed back about eight months, my heart broke a little bit. I know that sequels are really dependent of whether someone loved the first book or not, but I am so dang excited to jump back into this world with Zelie and Amari and the others.
Also, it should be noted, Children of Blood and Bone is on my Top Ten List of Favorite Books of All Time, and that is a hard-won slot. I am so ready to see more of this world.
Exciting keywords for this book? African epic fantasy amazingness, tension, impending war with high stakes, sibling story, amazing friendships.
So, as you can see, the year may be half over but there’s still a lot of really exciting titles out there that haven’t been released yet. I wish we could just fast forward to the autumn and get all these beauties right now.
Also, as I was putting this together, it turns out that four of these books will be released on the same day? So November 5th is going to be a pretty exciting book mail day for me! I know a couple of these titles have been pushed back already (I’m looking at you, Children of Virtue and Vengeance) but I’m hoping we’re now close enough to the release dates that all of them stick.
Ahahahhh I’m so excited.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is asks us to list “Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library”. I’m pretty indulgent in that way so a lot of the books I’ve read and enjoyed, I already own. That said, there are 34 books currently on my “To Buy” Goodreads shelf, and all of those, I’ve read. I mentioned earlier in my post that there are some I’m looking for good editions of as well.
Honestly, though? I’m so lucky to have the opportunity and resources to curate a large personal library in my home, and I am grateful for each and every book already there.
Are you waiting on any preorders? I’d love to hear what other books the community is excited for. Call Down the Hawk, anyone? Let me know in the comments!