I cleared up my bookcase and gave away (blasphemy, I know) the books that I never read, so now I need to restock it!

My want-to-read list is rather long, but I’ve been able to limit it to 5 books that I’m dying to read.

I’d love to share this list with you all this week.

Book Wishlist

Book Wishlist

Cinder

So many people have recommended me to read this book! I just need to put this one on top of my list.

The story is written by Marissa Meyer and it’s loosely based on Cinderella.

I’m not sure what to think since the main character is a cyborg, but I am intrigued.

The story:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

The last book in the series came out today, so I’ll make sure to order the entire book set soon :).

The Sign of Four

The Sign of Four is the second Sherlock Holmes book.

I’ve been watching the BBC Sherlock Holmes TV serie with my mum. She has already read all the books and during every episode she’ll be like ‘this didn’t go like that,’ ‘that wasn’t in the book,’ and ‘they changed that too’. It’s pretty funny to see since now I know how I sound like after I go see movies like The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner.

But my mum kind of inspired me to read the books.

The story:

As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine-induced haze at 221B Baker Street. His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman – Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten years before. Four years later she began to receive an exquisite gift every year: a large, lustrous pearl. Now she has had an intriguing invitation to meet her unknown benefactor and urges Holmes and Watson to accompany her. And in the ensuing investigation – which involves a wronged woman, a stolen hoard of Indian treasure, a wooden-legged ruffian, a helpful dog and a love affair – even the jaded Holmes is moved to exclaim, ‘Isn’t it gorgeous!’

Memoirs of a Geisha

This one has been on my wishlist for quite a while actually.

I don’t know a lot about the origins of the Geisha and obviously this is still a fictional story so we need not believe everything, but it still seems like such an interesting book.

The story:

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction – at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful – and completely unforgettable.

Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion

A witty, wise and truthful beauty handbook for real women on what works in real life from Sali Hughes, beloved journalist and broadcaster. “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together” Elizabeth Taylor Beauty books. Exquisite coffee-table affairs featuring improbably beautiful models with wholly-unachievable-to-most women looks, product review-heavy volumes which become almost instantly outdated, or tracts of holistic mumbo jumbo, like how to make an unproven face pack from organic molasses and rough-hewn porridge oats. Not anymore. In Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers. Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it’s a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.

That sounds fun doesn’t it?!

I’m expecting this book to be super witty yet very informative.

Alice

If I’m not mistaken then this is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, but it’s a lot darker!

The story:

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

I’m expecting this to be quite shocking.. and gruesome. Do I even dare to read this haha?!

If you’ve read any of these, please let me know whether you loved or hated the book. And don’t forget to let me know what’s on your book wishlist!

Love, Izzy

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