10 Books on My Birthday Wishlist 🎂

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

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.

When’s your birthday? What’s on your bookish birthday wishlist?


  1. 07/08/2018 / 6:20 AM

    Happy birthday this month! And ooh John Carter- I read those (or most of them) back in high school. The first three are quite good. That is a nice edition! Same with 20,000 Leagues. I read that one a few years ago but it’s the only Verne I’ve read.

    • 07/08/2018 / 12:23 PM

      I’ve been wanting to read John Carter for a long time since I’ve read the first two Tarzan books so I think I’m a little familiar with Burroughs writing. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on it 🙂

  2. 07/08/2018 / 7:10 AM

    I’m also an August baby! Mine is the 19th. I hope you get some books on your birthday wish list!

    • 07/08/2018 / 12:20 PM

      Yay for August babies! Happy early Birthday! 🙂

  3. 07/08/2018 / 2:43 PM

    I hope you get lots of books for your birthday! They’re the perfect present if you know what someone wants.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • 11/08/2018 / 9:10 AM

      I hope so too! I do know that I’ll be getting money so hopefully I won’t spend it all on other things before I remember to buy books 🙂

  4. 07/08/2018 / 4:28 PM

    I need Lifelike too! <3

    Happy birthday and hope you get all the books 🙂

    • 11/08/2018 / 9:13 AM

      Yess I’m so desperate to get LifeLike!! 🙂

    • 11/08/2018 / 9:17 AM

      I hope you get to read it! 🙂

  5. 08/08/2018 / 2:01 AM

    Personally I had problems with the cockney parts of Wuthering Heights, so I would recommend reading a version that has those translated for you (as I did), but otherwise I didn’t find the language too bad. It wasn’t my first Bronte book, so I am not the ideal judge…but I didn’t find it as bad as some of the other ones for language. Hope you enjoy it! (Otherwise the 1992 movie version is great)

    • 11/08/2018 / 9:24 AM

      I think the dialect’s further up North than Cockney and I’m from Northern England so it should be okay for me. But I have heard other English people find it difficult too.

  6. 08/08/2018 / 3:16 AM

    Happy birthday! My birthday was in June. I got Amazon money for my birthday ;-). I bought This Savage Song when it was on sale last month on Amazon.com.

    • 11/08/2018 / 9:29 AM

      Happy belated birthday! I hope you got some good books with your Amazon money 🙂

  7. 08/08/2018 / 3:00 PM

    Happy early birthday!!! I’m so happy my brain wasn’t the only one that had a problem with the topic this week. Lol. I love this list, they’re all such great birthday gift books!

    Oh man, Wuthering Heights. I’d be curious to hear what you think about it because I have some major mixed feelings. I always seems to be the only one though because people love it. I LOVE that edition of the John Carter series!!! Have you read the books?? I read the first one a while ago and really liked it, so I want to keep going with the series eventually. And yay Interview with the Vampire!!! It’s so true, why aren’t there any pretty versions of that book?!?! IT DESERVES MORE LOVE!!

    Awesome post!! 😃

    • 13/08/2018 / 9:58 AM

      I haven’t read John Carter but I really do because I feel like I’m way behind on reading some classic sci-fi. And I’m pinning there not being any pretty versions of Interview with the Vampire as the reason why I haven’t read it yet 😂

  8. 10/08/2018 / 6:06 PM

    Ohh happy birthday month!! I hope you’ll have a fantastic month, making a bookish wish list is the best way to celebrate a birthday and I hope you’ll get some of these 😀 I really enjoyed This Savage Song and I hope you’ll feel the same way, it was such a good book and Schwab is, and will always be for me one of the best world-builders ever in YA-fantasy 😀

    • 11/08/2018 / 8:21 AM

      Thank you Marie! 🙂 I’ve got ADSOM on my TBR for this month so I’ll be getting my first taste of Schwab’s writing and I’ve got a good feeling that I’ll enjoy it 🙂

    • 13/08/2018 / 9:56 AM

      I’ve just got A Darker Shade of Magic from the library and I’m about to start it very soon! 🙂

  9. 14/08/2018 / 5:41 PM

    I am turning 31 this year. I am epically old ~^ I hope you’ll have a good birthday on the 30th. 🙂

    Oh Akira! I loved the movie though I really need to rewatch it. The price is why I never ended up buying the manga. 🙁

    • 18/08/2018 / 3:46 PM

      I still haven’t seen the movie because I haven’t read the manga, but I may just end up watching it anyway since it may be a while before I can read the manga.

  10. 31/08/2018 / 11:20 AM

    Ohhh you have to try a Schwab book so I’m SO hoping you get that for your birthday! I lowkey hate birthdays😂thanks for the reminder I’m oLD. *cries in ancient tears* I turned 24 this year and yeahhhh, next year will be scary.😂Anyway ALL THE CAKE for you and I hope it’s still a fun day!

    • 02/09/2018 / 10:10 PM

      I recently got ADSOM from the library and I LOVED IT so much, but none of the libraries I’m members of have the rest of the series, so it’s back to pining I go 😂 I did consider getting them in hardcover with my birthday money but I ended up getting other books I wanted instead, oops 😅

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