Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist WednesdayIn the famous words of Snow White, “I’m wishing (I’m wishing) for the one I love, to find me (to find me) today.” In this case (actually in most cases) the one that I love is a book.

I came about Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf.

This week while browsing Goodreads I stumbled upon The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

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Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

 

Patrick Ness is steadily rising on my radar. I first heard talk of him over at A Bookish Heart, where Atsi swore by him. Then last month I read his novel, A Monster Calls and knew from just that novel that this man would be one of my favorite authors.

He has a way of explaining the feelings inside of us that can’t be explained. A way of digesting our fears and dreams. Quite simply, he shows instead of tells and to me that’s the mark of a brilliant author.

This novel is apparently a science fiction sort and you all know that I’ve been on the hunt for a good alien story! (I’m much more open to the genre after watching Dr. Who). It’s also a series, which compels me even more as there’s nothing better than a good book EXCEPT more good books.

Also, the concept of the story fascinates me. It also strikes me eerily similar to today’s society. These days we are constantly surrounded by streaming noise, tapping into our minds in the hopes of adding another consumer to the market. Think about it, when we’re not out in society we are home plugged in either to the T.V., computer or Ipod. Silence has become a rare concept in modern times and I don’t think that’s a good thing.

I’ve read some of the reviews and there are a few points that give me pause. First of all violence. Now, I’ve read books with violence and have never been bothered before but the amount of reviews that warn about it makes me think that violence might run more than amok in this novel. Also, the narrative voice. Apparently the story is told through first person consciousness, note– not first person. So the grammar and sentence structure takes getting use too, but all reviews say that if you can get past it, it actually further connects you to the character.

Even with the hazards, I’ll be taking a chance on this novel. Patrick Ness is an author who deserves it.

Have you ever read this novel? What did you think? What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Comment below and happy reading!

Dreaming Novel Things: Conquering the Never Ending Book Wish List

dreamingnovelthingsDreaming Novel Things is a feature in which I discuss book related subjects, but in a creative way. I’ll use interviews, narratives and lists to talk about book trends, book opinions and bookish matters. If you have any book related subjects you’d like to see me discuss just leave me a comment below!

Being a bookworm means possessing an unquenchable thirst for stories. We are constantly collecting, hoarding and buying books in attempts to quench this thirst, but in fact with each story we read our thirst only deepens. It’s a life we happily accept and enjoy… for the most part. But aren’t there moments where you feel like your drowning in your desire for books? Here are three telling signs that indicate you might need help managing your endless book wish list.

  • You have a wish list but its spread out on several sheets of paper scattered about in your room
  • You have a wish list on your computer but you’ve kept adding randomly to it for so long that you there is no kind of prioritizing to it
  • You don’t have a wish list you just scour the shelves or online hoping to suddenly remember that book you’ve been wanting

Recognize yourself there? Don’t be ashamed, that was me too. There’s nothing wrong with always wanting books, you just need a way to organize it so that it doesn’t consume your life. Luckily for you I have a few helpful hints.

First of all I think it’s important that you understand that we must start anew. This does not mean that everything on your current list will be deleted but that we will not making any amendments to the current list. You need to pull out a fresh piece of paper or a new word document. It’s not only easier but it signifies your new organized ways. (Pretty deep, eh?)

So continuing with our steps:

1. Pull out a fresh sheet of paper or new word document. Take a moment to ponder the possibilities this canvas holds. Now stop.

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Personal Note: I like to use a word document because then I can link the books to Goodreads and Amazon.

2. Now, divide your entries into genres.

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3. Now, alphabetize each genre by the authors last name, making it easy to find a novel by your favorite author

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4. You’ve now got a pretty organized list. If you chose to use a word document, you should consider linking your books to goodreads or amazon to make it easy to check reviews or for purchasing.

Now comes the bonus step. Time to create your Quick Fix sheet. The Quick Fix sheet is a list of books you want that rank highest in priority. Meaning, you want those books PRONTO! The trick is to not make the list too long as then it just becomes another ordinary wish list. I try to limit myself to the top ten books I want.

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Congratulations! You have now conquered your never-ending book wish list! As long as you keep adding books in the right categories and order, you shouldn’t suffer from the overwhelming feeling of the mass amount of books crushing your tiny body. And I can’t recommend the Quick Fix sheet enough, it has done wonders for me. It’s the first thing I check when I go book shopping and its easy to change. In fact, share your Quick Fix sheet with me!

How do you stay on top of the never-ending book wish list? Share below and happy reading!