It’s my birthday month! 🎉 I’m not actually the biggest fan of birthdays because they just remind me of the fact that I’m getting old and that terrifies me. i’ll be turning 23 on the 30th but still. mark your calendars, winkwink.
The older I get, the less I know what I want for my birthday. I’m sure that it’s a common thing but I can definitely see that I’ve gone from wanting Barbies and a GameBoy to wanting CDs and books, to just not knowing what I want at all. Now I just want either books or money to buy books. Both are good.
Instead of following the actual prompt for this week (because my brain decided to shut down and not let me think of anything), I’m going to be showing my bookish birthday wishlist. Because books are always great gifts. And I like, really need these books. Really need.
Devilman: The Classic Collection vol. 1 by Go Nagai – I’ve been hunting for this edition of Devilman for a while since all I could find before is the updated Grimoire series which I will read, but not until I’ve read the original first. A little while back I watched the anime series based on this manga (the serial series from the 70s, not the OVAs from the 80s, or Crybaby on Netflix) and the two are not the same at all, I do still want to read this. And I’ve heard it’s pretty gory at times, which will be a first for me because I’ve never read a horror manga.
Tomie by Junji Ito – Another horror manga from another mangaka that I haven’t read! Ito is pretty much universally praised when it comes to his horror works, but I haven’t read them yet because I’m a wee little baby. Also, the hardcover editions of his books are so expensive and I’m broke.
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff – Even though I’ve seen a few mixed reactions to this book, I do still want to read it because it’s one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and I’m extremely slow when it comes to keeping up with newer releases. Plus, I don’t read reviews for anything anymore so I don’t know what people’s issues are.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – Guess who still hasn’t read any Schwab books? It’s me. Guess who’s hoping to change that if she gets a hardcover copy of This Savage Song for her birthday? Again, me.
Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite – You ever have those books that you absolutely must read, no matter how much your reading tastes change? This is one of those books for me.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I like to think that I’m smart enough to read this book without struggling with the language because I’m not too far from Yorkshire. Chances are, I’ll probably struggle too because it’s in dialect and nobody really speaks in that dialect anymore, but whatever, it’s a pretty book.
Akira vol. 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo – I have been meaning to watch the Akira movie for a long time now, but the movie is only half of the full story and obviously very different, so of course I have to read the manga too. Unfortunately, the single volumes of this series are super expensive at £25 each compared to regular manga volumes at £5.99. Hurray for being poor.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne – I’ve never read any Jules Verne books, but I have been on a rollercoaster that used to be based on one of them (no, really) and I saw a mini-play about him during assembly when I was in primary school, so I kind of have an idea what his books are about, but not really because I haven’t read them. But I’m a sucker for gorgeous editions of classic books.
John Carter of Mars: The Collection by Edgar Rice Burroughs – Yay, another gorgeous edition of a classic book. Or books in this case, since this is a collection. I’m not usually fond of collected editions of series or certain authors’ works, but considering that Edgar Rice Burroughs published a lot of books in his life (there’s 11 in this series, 24 in the Tarzan series, and even more after that. no i will not be reading every book he published.), it’s kind of necessary.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – I’m so determined to find a nice looking copy of this book even if it kills me.