I hope everyone who celebrates had a Merry Christmas! I am enjoying my time at home, surrounded by books and baking and (very cute) babies (my cousins’ kids :P). I will be heading back to my sofa and blanket by the Christmas tree in a moment. Just wanted to share the wonderful books I received from my parents yesterday!
I finally have a copy of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland! This is my second favourite book in Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series. I read and reviewed it over two years ago. For some unknown reason, it was never available in stores where I live.
Flora of Middle-Earth is the book I was most excited to receive, as I wasn’t expecting to find it under the tree and I haven’t read it yet. It is a lovely book, well-designed and larger than I anticipated.
Here is another lovely middle grade novel I’m happy to add to my shelf (which will entirely need rearranging with the addition of these two books). I reviewed When the Sea Turned to Silverearlier this year and was blown away by the design and illustrations (and of course the writing!).
Did you receive any books for Christmas? What books are on your wishlist?
Relatively speaking (in book blogging terms), I don’t think I buy many books. I’ve always been selective about which books deserve a place on my shelf. I used to only buy books I considered my absolute favourites. In the past few years, I’ve been able to take advantage of my sister’s staff discount and buy a few more books – books that are new releases I think I’ll love or books that I want to support financially. Here’s a rundown of all the books I purchased in 2017. All books purchased new from Chapters unless otherwise noted. Titles link to reviews where applicable.
Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales by Patrick K. Ford (used, from Mortlake & Company)
As I only had about 48 hours in Seattle, Elliot Bay Book Company ended up being my number one bookstore to visit. It ranked high on recommendation lists; it was relatively close to where I was staying; it was open late on Friday when I had no other plans. Thirst was plaguing me, so for literally the second time in my life, I bought (and enjoyed :O) a tea from the cafe in the back to drink while browsing. As for books, I bought an autographed hardcover copy of Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne (which my sister and I previously discussed for Family Reads). The hardcover has a design element that the paperback doesn’t have. See the rabbit?
I stumbled across this wonderful little shop during my many walks from my accommodation to downtown. I kept forgetting I had seen it, but I made an effort to stop in just before I caught the bus back home. I imagine I could return to this shop many times and find something new and intriguing on each trip. Too bad it isn’t in Vancouver! The selection ranges from folklore and mythology to alchemy and magic. I picked up Celtic Fairy Tales and The Mabinogi.
What are some of your favourite reasons to visit a bookstore? Do you have any bookstore recommendations for Seattle?
Middle grade fantasy is supposedly one of my favourite genres, yet it’s one I don’t seem to get around to reading very often! That genre’s the theme of this list, though I’ve decided to add the term ‘speculative fiction’ here so I include a few books that aren’t quite traditional fantasy. (Last summer I wrote a blog on my understanding of the term spec fic.) Links to GoodReads, followed by a brief note on what about the book appeals to me.
I have a little table in my reading nook where I pile up my high priority TBRs. This pile is usually two or three books high. Mostly it consists of new releases I’m excited about or library books due back soon. Lately, the pile has grown faster than I can keep up with it so I thought I’d do a run down of what’s waiting for me. The stack in the photo below is sorted by source: borrowed (from a friend), borrowed (from the library), and owned.
The Midnight Sunby Cecilia Ekbäck
(library) – New release from the author ofWolf Winter! My library has labelled this Canadian…not sure how accurate that is? I know the author lives in Alberta now.
The Anchoressby Robyn Cadwaller (library) – This has been on my TBR for awhile because I heard it has a similar atmosphere to Burial Rites. Recently I’ve been in the mood for a story like that.
If I Was Your Girlby Meredith Russo (own) – One of two books I bought the day my sister had 40% off at work. An own voices narrative about a transgender teenager.
A Conjuring of Lightby V.E. Schwab (own) – The final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy. I received this for my birthday at the end of February ^^; My bff has finished it and wasn’t overly enthusiastic about it, so I’m not feeling very motivated…
When the Moon Was Oursby Anne-Marie Mclemore (own) – This book received a lot of praise in the book blogging community and I am excited to check it out (magical realism + Pakistani trans MC + gorgeous purple cover). I won a copy from Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf.
Drift & Daggerby Kendall Kulper (own) – Companion novel to Salt & Storm. I won an annotated copy from Kendall back in October. Then Cybils happened and I kept having other reading priorities these past few months. I think I can promise to finish before the end of June….
Every Heart a Doorwayby Seanan Mcguire (own) – The other book I purchased on my sister’s discount. Another book I’m excited to read because of blogger buzz, a gorgeous cover and an ace MC.
Which books would you prioritize out of this list? How are you managing your physical TBR at the moment?