Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On My Wishlist {13}

On My Wishlist is where I share books that have recently made it on to my radar. Some recommendations and reviews made me wishing for the following books this past week:

Fen: Stories by Daisy Johnson


Daisy Johnson’s Fen, set in the fenlands of England, transmutes the flat, uncanny landscape into a rich, brooding atmosphere. From that territory grow stories that blend folklore and restless invention to turn out something entirely new. Amid the marshy paths of the fens, a teenager might starve herself into the shape of an eel. A house might fall in love with a girl and grow jealous of her friend. A boy might return from the dead in the guise of a fox. Out beyond the confines of realism, the familiar instincts of sex and hunger blend with the shifting, unpredictable wild as the line between human and animal is effaced by myth and metamorphosis. With a fresh and utterly contemporary voice, Johnson lays bare these stories of women testing the limits of their power to create a startling work of fiction.

Fen made it on to my wishlist thanks to a tweet by Andy Davidson.




Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland


Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

I've been hearing great things about Dread Nation, but Mogsy's review sealed the deal for me.



Have you read or are you planning to read any of these? What books have recently made it onto your wishlist?

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24 comments:

  1. I'm seeing Dread Nation everywhere at the moment. I just hope that I find it lives up to the hype...

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    1. I can't help but be sucked in by the hype. I always think "it has to at least be good, right?".

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  2. I;m really curious about Dread Nation as well! Mogsy is good at exploding my TBR!

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    1. Mogsy spends a lot of my money for me. LOL.

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  3. Both sound pretty great to me! I've never heard of Fen before now & it sounds like my kind of weird.

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    1. Fen was new to me, too, and it sounds awesome.

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  4. These both look good. I think I just downloaded The Nighmare Room because of a Tweet from you???

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    1. That is very possible. :) It's a great book, but the child horror was tough for me, and I had to put it down before I could finish it.

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  5. Crossing my fingers that Dread Nation will work for you! It took me by surprise, honestly. I was lucky to miss all of the hype and only found out about it like a week before it came out, and I think that helped :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. It's always a lucky break when you can find a book before the hype! This will probably be a library read for me so it will be a while.

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  6. I've seen Dread Nation a few times now, but I don't know... do you think it will read more like a historical fiction or YA with zombies? Fen sounds really interesting and unlike anything else I've read before. Thanks so much for sharing!

    I found your blog via Bloggers Commenting Back! I'm following you on Bloglovin' now! :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I'm curious to see how Dread Nation is handled. I'm glad you found me!! :)

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  7. Fen sounds really interesting and I'm really enjoying Dread Nation. I think you'd like it.

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    1. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying Dread Nation. :)

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  8. Fen sounds pretty dang good! I like the idea of stories arising from the fens/ marshy type areas of England, you can get a lot of spooky mileage from that area I would imagine !

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    1. It does sound great! I'm looking forward to checking it out.

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  9. I love this idea for a post, what a great way to get excited for books and promote them even more! And Fen is one I hadn't heard of, but it sounds super interesting!

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy to be doing these posts again.

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  10. I love the sound of Fen - that will have to go on my wishlist I think. Maybe I'll wait for your review!
    Lynn :D

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    1. Hopefully I will get a chance to read it. :) I'll be sure to let you know what I think.

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  11. I hadn't heard of Fen before but it sounds really good. Dread Nation is one that I'm looking forward to reading.

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    1. It was new to me, too. I love seeing great reviews on hidden gems.

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  12. I'm excited to read Dread Nation, I have a copy I need to get to. But I've never heard of Fen and will be adding it to my wishlist!

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