My Amazon Book Wish List September 2018

Does any other book lover have an Amazon basket that just keeps growing and growing? I do! That is my Christmas wish list for Santa sorted (I know I said the C word in September!). Here are the top books on my book wishlist now in no particular order. Ranking books especially books that I haven’t read yet would be a sin comparable to picking your favourite child!

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files Book 1 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck.  Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it.  With enemy fire raining down on them Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet.  But their troubles are just beginning.  A deadly plague has broken out on one of the space ships and it is mutating with terrifying results.  Their ships protection is seriously flawed.   No one will say what is going on. 

As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth its clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.

A fantastically original, heart-stopping adventure where everything is definitely more dangerous than it seems.

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Why do I want to read this book?

My best friend recommended this book to me. She is the only person I know who loves books more than I do. I envy her extensive book collection which I am grateful she lets me borrow from, like my own personal library! I have been looking for a series to read as there is something so satisfying about seeing characters and stories develop over a longer period of time. The strong element of adventure set in a future world intrigues me.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she’s never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.

Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and – in Eleanor’s eyes – impossibly cool, Park’s worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true – an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.

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Why do I want to read this book?

I have heard mixed reviews of this book but I love reading books about innocent young love. This love develops slowly over a long period of time so it allows me to invest in both characters, allowing their relationship to be that much special.

Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner

Everyone remembers where they were on 31st August 1997, the day Princess Diana died.

Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa certainly do -– a beautiful cottage in Southwold, at the start of an annual tradition to have a weekend away together.

Every year since, the four best friends have come back together. But over time the changes in their lives have led them down very different paths. And it’s when those paths collide that the secrets they’ve been keeping come tumbling out.

One Day meets Big Little Lies in this unputdownable read about four friends, one long-buried secret and the histories we all share.

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Why do I want to read this book?

As much as I love a classic love story I prefer those that focus on friendships. I would argue that friendships have as much of an impact on your especially in your teenage years as romantic relationships. So I was instantly excited by the Story of our Lives, which foces on how friendship develops as our lives go in different paths.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells you what She’s Learned. By Lena Dunham

“If I could take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.”

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Why do I want to read this book?

As a young woman still figuring out my place in the world I find it helpful and encouraging to read other peoples experiences.  It helps to remind me we are all in the same boat with similar highs and lows so you never truly alone.  As Lena Dunham points every mistake is a valuable learning experience for yourself and for you to share with others. I also love Lena Dunham’s light-hearted approach to life.

Moranthology by Caitlin Moran

In MORANTHOLOGY Caitlin ‘gets quite chatty’ about many subjects, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually left to hot-shot wonks and not a woman who sometimes keeps a falafel in her handbag. These other subjects include…

Caffeine | Ghostbusters | Being Poor | Twitter | Caravans | Obama | Wales | Paul McCartney | The Welfare State | Sherlock | David Cameron Looking Like Ham | Amy Winehouse | ‘The Big Society’ | Big Hair | Nutter-letters | Michael Jackson’s funeral | Failed Nicknames | Wolverhampton | Squirrels’ Testicles | Sexy Tax | Binge-drinking | Chivalry | Rihanna’s Cardigan | Party Bags | Hot People| Transsexuals | The Gay Moon Landings

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Why do I want to read this book?

Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Women, was one of the first feminism books I read. It allowed me to understand feminism in the modern world. I enjoy reading Caitlin’s unique perspective of the modern world so I look forward to reading her view on these wide ranges of topics.

Eve of Man by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher

Eve is like any other teenage girl . . .

Except that the fate of the entire world lies on her shoulders.

She’s the first girl born in fifty years.

She’s the answer to their prayers.

She’s the final hope.

Which means she has one function alone . . .

At sixteen, Eve must face her destiny and make a choice.

She will choose a man, one out of three carefully selected suitors.

But what about Bram?

The future of the planet hangs on Eve making the right choice.

Will she?


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Why do I want to read this book?

I love stories that are set in a world similar to ours yet different, making it easy to relate to the characters but allow you to imagine a complete different world as you are reading. This idea is intriguing and unique yet reminds me Holding back the stars by Katie Khan which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to everyone.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

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Why do I want to read this book?

I have read the Sky is Everywhere which is one of my favourite books of all time! I read it more times than I can count as a teenager. I also read Holding up the Universe recently which I also enjoyed so I am keen to see if I enjoy I’ll Give You The Sun just as much.

I hope you enjoy!

What on your wish list?