Saturday, February 19, 2011

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a weekly (Saturday) meme hosted by Book Chick City (click the image above). This would be my first post of this meme and I'm pretty psyched as my wishlist is pretty darn long!

I want to mention here, that I keep my 'record' of wishlist books on Sometimes I have to check it when I'm going book shopping with no real purchase in mind. I love the way it's set up, it works great for me. I know some who use Librarything and those who use Goodreads, but for me PBS is the sweet spot! Obviously it's helpful that PBS let's me know when my books are available for swapping....


Here are 3 of my wish list books:

Ash by Malinda Lo


In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left alone to pay off his debts in the service of her own step mother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she begins to believe that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing and romantic, Ash is an empowering retelling of Cinderella about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

I added Ash to my wishlist on March 20, 2010 and am currently in position 57 of 106.

Brendan by Morgan Llywelyn
From (via Publishers Weekly)

Veteran historical author Llywelyn retells the colorful life story of revered Irish monastic saint Brendan the Navigator in the form of a personal journal, written by an elderly Brendan, interspersed with third-person glimpses of the Great Voyage he undertook with 14 monks to find the fabled earthly paradise of the Western Sea, the Isles of Blest. A contemporary of Saint Patrick, Brendan is brought up by Erc, Bishop of Altraighe-Caille, and early on shows an affinity for seafaring. Restless, headstrong, and curious, the monk Brendan embarked on dangerous peregrinations, first by land and then by sea, traveling with his pet raven Préachán to establish monasteries throughout Ireland. Llywelyn's narrative, laced with fifth-century Irish history and lore, climaxes with a fantastical maritime expedition worthy of Ulysses; her prose is by turns reflective, lyrical, and stalwart, delving into the popular legend with a genuine sense of Brendan's human strengths and frailties. (Feb.)
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I put Brendan on my wishlist on March 17, 2010 and am in postion 7 of 15 (almost there!!)

A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

Meet the Deans — The fact is, the whole of Australia despises my father more than any other man, just as they adore my uncle more than any other man. I might as well set the story straight about both of them . . . — Heroes or Criminals? — Crackpots or Visionaries? — Families or Enemies? — . . . Anyway, you know how it is. Every family has a story like this one.

Most of his life, Jasper Dean couldn't decide whether to pity, hate, love, or murder his certifiably paranoid father, Martin, a man who overanalyzed anything and everything and imparted his self-garnered wisdom to his only son. But now that Martin is dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the crackpot who raised him in intellectual captivity, and what he realizes is that, for all its lunacy, theirs was a grand adventure.

As he recollects the events that led to his father's demise, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous schemes and shocking discoveries?about his infamous outlaw uncle Terry, his mysteriously absent European mother, and Martin?s constant losing battle to make a lasting mark on the world he so disdains. It's a story that takes them from the Australian bush to the cafes of bohemian Paris, from the Thai jungle to strip clubs, asylums, labyrinths, and criminal lairs, and from the highs of first love to the lows of failed ambition. The result is a rollicking rollercoaster ride from obscurity to infamy, and the moving, memorable story of a father and son whose spiritual symmetry transcends all their many shortcomings.

A Fraction of the Whole is an uproarious indictment of the modern world and its mores and the epic debut of the blisteringly funny and talented Steve Toltz

I put A Fraction of a Whole on my wishlist on March 16, 2010 and am in position 7 of 26. Seven seems to be my number!

Ever read any of these? Are they on your wishlist?? Please do tell!


  1. Great picks girls! :D I haven't read any of these yet. I also have Ash on my TBR pile. :D Also! Thanks for following!

  2. Well, I'd have a soft spot for Ash - anything with fairy tales is a win for me. :)

    I never write about them on my blog, but my shelves are loaded with biographies and memoir-types, so your second two sound fascinating!

    Nice picks - hope you get to read them soon.

    My Wishlist

  3. I also have Ash on my tbr. I have been wanting to get to it as well! Brendan looks good. I'll have to check that one out. I hope Fraction of the Whole is funny! Curious about that one. Great choices!

  4. Ash sounds like my type of book thanks for putting it on my radar.

    On Our Wishlist

  5. Oooo. Ash sounds really good. I'm very into fairy tales and Cinderella has always been a favorite. I shall have to add it to my TBR :D

    Megan Marie

  6. Cool list. I definitely need to get around to Ash and the other two books look really interesting. :)

    My Wishlist

  7. I haven't heard of any of these, but they all sound really nice. Thanks!!


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