This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Bookish Wishes. I’m not including links to purchase the books like the prompt suggested because I find it a bit weird to put that information out there (plus, I don’t want to support buying books via Amazon). Instead, I’m just going to list books I wish I owned, mostly ones that will probably be impossible to ever get my hands on, as well as more arbitrary bookish wishes.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: Okay, so I have several editions of this book, but I don’t have a hardcover with the original cover and I would love to find one so I have a matching set of the trilogy. But the only ones that exist right now are signed first editions on ebay for like $200. Who buys a single book for $200??
Barnes and Noble Narnia: This book is ridiculously priced on ebay as well and I’m sad. I wish Barnes and Noble still sold it because that cover is beautiful and I want All the Copies of Narnia that I can find.
Barakamon manga by Satsuki Yoshino: I have several random volumes of this manga, but they’re getting harder and harder to find. I mean, some of them are being sold for like $30 on Amazon because they aren’t that many of them, and that’s just ridiculous. It would be great to own the whole set.
Specific editions of Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingelside by L.M. Montgomery: I have these beautiful copies of the Anne of Green Gables series, but for copyright reasons, two of the books in the series were never printed with these covers, which makes me sad. I don’t want to buy an entire other set just to have them all. I just hope Aladdin will make them available someday once the copyright date passes. *sigh*
Specific editions of the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Just like with Anne, I have three Little House books with these really awesome covers, but the publisher never came out with the rest of the series. I own a paperback boxed set of the whole series so I can’t really complain, but I would love, love, love copies of the whole series with these awesome hardcover design. I also recently learned there’s a Barnes and Noble edition of the first five books in the series (again, not the entire series) that is really pretty too.
Movie/TV book covers: Can publishers stop releasing books with the movie or TV poster on the covers? I know it’s a marketing thing to advertise for the adaptation, but does anybody actually like those covers?
Changing covers/sizes between series installments: Another thing publishers need to stop is changing the cover design or size of the book between books in a series. Again, I understand from a marketing perspective there is a purpose. That a newer, better cover will help them sell. But if you’re going to do that, could they have least give options for have matching sets for people who bought the first copies? I’m pretty sure people will pay money for both covers.
Waiting for the next book: Again, this is probably a pointless, selfish wish but isn’t that what wishes are for? It’d be great if I didn’t have to wait 1-3 years between books. As a writer, I know that would be crazy for an author and editors, but I just don’t want to wait anymore.
More time to read: I also wish I just had more time to read books. I know I already read a lot but there are so many books and not enough time!
Library / Endless bookshelves /etc.: Speaking of so many books, it would be nice if I had room for a real library (you know, like Beast’s Castle but smaller?) or endless bookshelves or something. Because I somehow don’t have room for all my books. Again.