Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday, hosted as always by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s theme is Bookish Wishes, in honor of Jana’s birthday! This is a list of ten books that I’d like to own, whether they’re new releases or older books. I’m currently on a physical book-buying ban (with the only exception being my monthly Fantastic Stranglings book club subscription), because we live in a two-bedroom apartment and our bookcases are already double-stacked with zero room for a ton of additional books. I’ve been borrowing more library books on Overdrive and I’ve been buying some Kindle books too, but it’s just not the same as having a physical book in your hand.
So without further ado, here are my top bookish wishes!
1 – The Original Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
I really, really loved Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, and so I started looking for the original trilogy so I could own them. Unfortunately, by the time I started looking, the original covers had been replaced by slightly uglier ones that have permanent “Now a Netflix Original!” stickers attached to them. I’ll have to keep checking secondhand book stores in hopes that someone decides to get rid of their original trilogy, but with the success of the Shadow and Bone Netflix show, it’s hard to find any secondhand Grishaverse books.
2 – The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
I read these years ago and at this point I can’t really remember why I loved them so much but I did, but I haven’t seen them in a bookstore since. Sure, I can probably buy them on Amazon, but I have to wait until I have room again. I did see Books 1, 2, and 4 at a thrift store a few years ago and I carried them around while looking for book 3 (just in case it got misplaced), but I never found it and put the books down and walked away, because I knew if I bought them I’d never be able to find a matching book 3. One day.
3 – Fully-Illustrated Versions of The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Okay, so these don’t actually exist, but I would absolutely LOVE a set of books for all of Tolkien’s works – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, etc. – just like the Harry Potter illustrated editions. We’ve got Tolkien’s drawings so we know what he wanted things to look like – it’s beyond time that we get beautiful full-color illustrated editions for all of Tolkien’s works. It just make sense!
4 – A Full Collection of Shakespeare’s Works
Technically, I already have a full collection of Shakespeare’s works, but they’re in a single volume and I’d love to actually have a super cool set of plays sitting in dozens of books that are bound in beautiful leather sitting on my shelf. Isn’t that everyone’s dream?
Okay, so I’ve only got four notes here – but technically that’s well over ten books! I just can’t think of any books beyond these that I would absolutely want to have on my shelves. Every so often I’ll buy a book in its physical form just because I really enjoyed it, but right now I both can’t afford the price or the space for all the books I’d love to own, and most of those books are just generic books anyway, nothing super cool like an illustrated Fellowship of the Ring.
What books would you kill to have on your shelves? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.