Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Bookish Wishes.
1. New Italian Edition of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy
I think this cover is gorgeous and better than even the English editions… and I already have this book in Italian. I don’t need another copy. The thing is, publishers in my country have only now discovered that not giving embarrassing covers to YA books is profitable, and therefore several novels are now getting a cover change. I already have the ugly edition and don’t like wasting books and money. ugh
To give you an idea of how dire the situation was until recently, here’s the new cover of La città di sabbia (Days of Blood and Starlight) compared to its previous Italian iterations. WHY did publishers have to only wake up now
2. Monstress Vol. 6: The Vow
After the fifth volume felt like almost-but-not-quite filler (not memorable aside from that one unexpected tentacle sex flashback), I think this one is going to have to actually go somewhere. I have questions and want answers as soon as possible but I’m not likely to get them until next year! Also, Tuya looks radiant on this cover.
3. New Edition of Night Shine by Tessa Gratton
Another case of “ugly book I own gets a cover change for the better”, but this time the fuckup is on the American publisher’s part. Just… look at the old cover. It has nothing to do with the atmosphere, the characters, or the feel of the book. The new cover is perfect and atmospheric and cute. This one hurts because it was my favorite book of last year. Can’t wait for the companion sequel Moon Dark Smile to be here!
4. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
I’m constantly reminded of how much I loved Freshwater; it’s one of the books I’ve found myself talking about the most with people in real life because of how important it was to me and just… how I understand reality, if that makes sense, despite it not being a book I consider “relatable”. So I really want to read more of Akwaeke Emezi’s adult fiction.
(It was translated into Italian but the cover is horrendous and I’m not going to acknowledge it.)
5. For Italian publishing to complete the Sapphic Trifecta
So, She Who Became the Sun was unexpectedly translated into Italian recently (Lei che divenne il sole) and now I want them to get to The Jasmine Throne and The Unbroken too. Have I read any of these? No, because I’m struggling with adult SFF and reading in general lately, and picking up a fantasy from Orbit would be the worst possible choice (they are good but usually… wordy. and slow), but I will, eventually.
To those who have read them: which one did you like the most?
6. Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
Isn’t it nice when the cover is beautiful from the beginning? Anyway. This sounds so wild (“queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts“, the book says. I have so many questions.) and yet from the reviews it appears everyone’s emotions have been compromised so… I have no idea what it is going to be exactly but it sounds like an Experience and I always appreciate that.
7. To find the motivation to pick some DNFs back up
2021 wasn’t that bad of a year overall for me, but it certainly was for my reading. Finding the motivation to sit down and read was difficult in general, and I ended up not completing certain books just because too much time had passed since I had last read a chapter, despite me not disliking them. Two examples of this are The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (I was really liking this one! Marie Rutkoski’s writing is amazing) and For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten (I was on the fence about it, but I want to know about how it ends!)
8. Malice by Heather Walter
I think a gay villainous retelling of Sleeping Beauty that has been described as a YA crossover could, instead, be something that keeps me glued to the pages! What I need the most is something that is as easy to follow as YA without actually being about teenagers. Also, villains are hot and that’s always… motivating, you know
9. Translate more novellas!
Recently, both the Tensorate series and This Is How You Lose the Time War were translated into Italian, which I would have never expected. There’s even a tag that says “this is a queer book” on the back of the Tensorate books, which to me is… unthinkable. Only four years ago, when I was in high school, it was significant that Leah on the Offbeat actually got on shelves. Everything has changed in so little time! Now, I want the rest of my favorite queer short fiction to get the same treatment: The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo (recently won the Hugo!), the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire (can’t believe this hasn’t been considered yet), and Desdemona and the Deep by C.S.E. Cooney (such a wild, unique book).
10. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
On one hand, historical fiction isn’t a genre I reach for with enthusiasm; on the other, I’ve liked all I’ve read by Malinda Lo and this book has been on my TBR since it was only a title. I really want to at least try it, and in this case it being YA is actually really encouraging. (Also, gorgeous and really unique cover!)
Have you read any of these? What did you think of the cover changes?