I’ve been trying to work on a blog post about what my three “bookish wishes” would be for almost a year now, I keep looking at the draft for a little while then giving up and closing it. Today I not only have to come up with just three wishes BUT SIX! I must stay strong and get this post finally finished so here goes nothing!
Digging through a dusty old library (as opposed to the very awesome, much less dusty libraries you usually find today, this one is an exception) you find a heavy old book with worn but unmistakable gold sprayed pages and a simple foiled lamp printed on the cover. Upon opening the book there’s a huge puff of smoke (or maybe that’s dust, it’s very hard to tell). When your vision clears, you see a figure with messy hair tied back in a hasty ponytail with dark smudges under their eyes, desperately clutching a no longer hot cup of coffee. You recognise the fabled spirit of an author on a deadline.
“Six bookish wishes, they’re yours but be quick about it! I’m on my third round of edits, I’ve only allotted ten minutes to procrastinating and wish granting and I’ve already spent five of those looking at gifs of Adam Driver’s hair.”
1. I wish I could read for long periods of time without falling asleep. This annoys me so much, I’m loving a book and want to keep reading but the moment I get too comfortable I start to nod off. I adore reading in bed but can only manage about twenty to thirty minutes at a time before my eyelids start to droop and it drives me nuts. So let’s fix that, please.
2. I wish for more time to read. This wish is kind of two-fold, obviously I wish for the actual time to be able to read but also I wish that I would allow myself allotted time for reading, especially for books that aren’t review copies or that I’m deadline for, these books I often manage to explain away to myself as “for work” but then I begin to resent them because instead of reading them I could be reading something more of my own choosing which is sometimes silly because I only review books I choose to read but I then feel obligated to them and it’s a vicious cycle. I pretty much need Bernard’s watch.
3. I wish for an Aurora Rising ARC. I know y’all probably sick about me going on about this book by now and it’s not even out yet but I’m so crazy excited for it and they’re starting to be sent out around now I think so these bookish wishes couldn’t have come at a better time really.
4. I wish for a satisfying and well cast TV or Film adaptions of The Illuminae Files books. What with the Grisha/SOC books by Leigh Bardugo being picked up a lot of people are wondering what the end result will be like and if it will, in turn, present an opportunity for more YA books being adapted. It’s happening a lot right now and it’s both brilliant and a little terrifying although I’d like to think I’m pretty good at separating the books from their adaptations in case of things going south. I’m aware that Plan B and Warner Bros were interested in purchasing the rights to Illuminae back in 2015 but not sure where things stand four years later so fingers crossed and we’ll see.
5. I wish for a Killjoys tie in/prequel or continuation novel of some kind. I’ll probably look back at this in a year and think “Whaa?” I tend to go through phases and at the moment I’m bingeing the SyFy show Killjoys about a group of reclamation agents (a kind of bounty hunter) in a far-flung dystopian future with a corrupt agency and government etc to boot. The dynamic of the crew and bending of the rules they love to indulge in, as well as the interesting characters they meet along the way has me completely hooked and I’ve been watching it at every opportunity (which with a three-year-old and three games of dungeons and dragons a week is not a lot) but I would really love for this kind of series in a book. I would be all over a tie in or prequel of some kind but I’m also happy for more books in the same vein, especially with a kick-ass, morally confused female character like Dutch.
6. I wish for more New Adult books. There are definitely a few books out there that could be classed as New Adult but it still hasn’t become what I could class as a proper or marketable genre yet. There’s nothing wrong at all with older readers reading YA (I wrote a whole post about it here) but, and I’m fairly certain I’m not alone here I love reading YA books, maybe it’s the way they’re written, the themes or the content but I almost always imagine the characters as older than they are which can make some parts confusing, not to mention the time of your life when you’re in your 20’s is in some ways just as pivotal as when you’re a teenager but in different ways. I’m terrible at explaining this but I hope you’ll understand what I mean?
You look back at the spirit but they are nowhere to be found. Where they ever here to begin with? Had you perhaps just inhaled a bit too much dust from the stacks? Perhaps a rather large book (probably Kingdom of Ash or Queen of Air and Darkness to be honest) fell and gave you a hefty bump to the head? Or maybe she had to get back to her writing, you had been warbling on for a bit. Ah well, you sigh, there’s no way to know for certain so you may as well carry on with your day and maybe…just maybe some of your bookish wishes will come true!