If I wasn’t on an absolute book buying ban until my holiday to New York, I would be putting my newly earned money (I GOT A JOB! YAY!) towards a tonne of books. These are ones that have been sat idle in my Amazon Wishlist forever, and ones that I don’t see around in local bookstores and therefore have never picked up. Even though some of them are the babies of the YA community.

The Wayward Children Chronicles by Seanan McGuire

These have been described to me as Narnia crossed with every fairy tale retelling ever, and I’m honestly all here for it. They’ve never been optioned by UK publishers and remain in strict hardback form only, two of the reasons I’ve never actually got round to picking these babies up. Even though they look so damn good.

The Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst

I very rarely get the true desire to pick up an adult high fantasy, but when I do – this series is the one I eye up. The one I’ve been tempted by a thousand times, despite knowing very little about it, apart from the fact they have absolutely gorgeous covers.

Want by Cindy Pon

This sounds like a collision of Warcross (which we all know I love) and the rebel story my heart needs. I want to buy this one so badly but my purse is closed… for now. I’m not on a ban when I’m New York, so I’m pretty confident that if I see these books in a store they’ll be in my hands before I even know what’s happening.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

I’ll admit, I’m as much on the Brandon hype train as anyone. His Mistborn series is sent from the heavens and I don’t understand how one person’s brain can come up with such a master piece. I was surprised when it was announced that he was dipping his hands into YA science-fiction but I’m willing to give it a go. I’ve been putting it off purely to allow time for my favourites to read it, and they seem to be giving it raving reviews so it’ll be my time soon. 

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Battle Angel Alita: Volume 1 by Yukito Kishiro

I have a fairly small manga collection which sits seperate to my bookshelves but has beauty in its own right. I own 5 complete series and usually am trying to get all the volumes of another (at the moment, I’m focusing on Fairy Tail). However, when I finish that collection I’ve been keeping my eye out for a new series to start, and with the recent cinema production of Alita, Battle Angel I figure this one sounds right up my street. I absolutely loved the movie, and I’m looking forward to looking into the head of the original author and seeing how different the cinematic production ended up being to the story. 

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And there we have it!

A perfect wishlist for my friends and family when my birthday comes up. (I’m joking, I promise this wasn’t the point of this post).

Besides, by the time my birthday arrives I’ll have probably slipped off the book buying ban and purchased all of these for myself.

But which ones should I focus on getting?


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  1. IMO, the wayward children series peaked with the first two books and the other two books just aren’t that good. I’m also really excited to read Want and Skyward! (I haven’t read them yet so I can’t speak for whether you should get them or not, though 😅)


  2. I’m also on a book buying ban until the end of April so seeing the ones you want has just made me want them too. I find I need to be escpecially careful in the month following a ban, I had a ban in Jan and then bought 15-20 in Feb which cause me to put in a two month ban from March-April (but this time it didn’t include my pre-orders)
    Some of the books you want I hadn’t seen before (but now want) but I can add that I read the first story in the Wayward hearts series and love it – it’s given me a few ideas for my own story. I keep meaning to read the others but I just haven’t got round to it yet (also it has some of the best trans-rep I’ve ever seen)
    Also Skyward – as soon as your ban is over you should go and pick this one up. I’m a massive Sanderson fan but was a bit concerned that he was going away from epic high-fantasy into sci-fi/YA but I should NOT have been worried. This man is a literal wizard with words and I can’t wait to read the next one.


      1. It’s not a standalone but its a fairly contained story, as in it leaves enough threads to pick up from but if it didn’t that would fine. I only found out it wad the first of a series about a week after finishing it and I would have been happy if that was it
        I think the next one comes out over the summer so you’ve not got that long of a wait though

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      1. That would be fun! I’m probably going to be rereading the first if I get the second because I have a terrible memory haha


  3. Do get the Queens of Renthia series. I thought it was an awesome and unique series, well worth the time even if I didn’t give them all five starts. The Deepest Blue, standalone set in same world, just arrived for me. Next month I’ll tackle it.

    I’ve not yet read any Brandon Sanderson. Didn’t feel the need really though I’ve heard a lot, but I listen to his podcast, Writing Excuses, and will have to give in to something or other.

    Thank you so much for sharing all your great trades!


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