Wish Wednesday: Books I Hope To Read Before 2012 (Or the World) Ends

25 Jul

Forget the fact that I have a bajillion physical books and ebooks lying around in my room and on my ipad. Forget the fact that I actually have very little time (or focus) these days to read leisurely. Forget the fact that I’m supposed to be saving up for a lot of things so recreational purchases are out of the question (but then again, books have never been considered as just another recreational buy)

These are the books I’m wishing to buy and actually read in the next few months. Bold text my comments, blurbs courtesy of Amazon 🙂

I loved her first three novels, so naturally I wanna pick this up

Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands.

With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.




I’m always curious about what other people are reading when in public so this seems like an interesting read

Seen Reading is the exciting debut collection of microfictions from Canada’ s pre-eminent literary voyeur, Julie Wilson. Based on the beloved online movement of the same name, Seen Reading collects more than a hundred stories inspired by sightings of people reading on Toronto transit, each reader re-invented in a poetic piece of short fiction. Tender, poignant, and fun, Seen Reading offers readers an inspired fictional map while charting an urban centre’ s cultural commitment to books and literature.


They’re turning this into a movie really soon so I better start reading it.

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


I haven’t read an Amerasian novel in a really long time. And also, the cover is pretty cool

A sparkling bildungsroman about friendship and betrayal, art and race.

In 1988, Eric Cho, an aspiring writer, arrives at Macalester College. On his first day he meets a beautiful fledgling painter, Jessica Tsai, and another would-be novelist, the larger-than-life Joshua Yoon. Brilliant, bawdy, generous, and manipulative, Joshua alters the course of their lives, rallying them together when they face an adolescent act of racism. As adults in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the three friends reunite as the 3AC, the Asian American Artists Collective—together negotiating the demands of art, love, commerce, and idealism.


Everyone is talking about this and most critics are saying that it’s the best summer read of 2012. So of course I have to read it

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.


I’m always fascinated with Christian writers who talk about things that traditional Christians don’t usually discuss.

The freedom to question—asking and being asked—is an indispensable and sacred practice that is absolutely vital to the health of our communities.According to author David Dark, when religion won’t tolerate questions, objections, or differences of opinion, and when it only brings to the table threats of excommunication, violence, and hellfire, it does not allow people to discover for themselves what they truly believe.The God of the Bible not only encourages questions; the God of the Bible demands them. If that were not so, we wouldn’t live in a world of such rich, God-given complexity in which wide-eyed wonder is part and parcel of the human condition.


Dystopian, speculative YA novels are my cups of tea. And a critically-acclaimed debut novel is always a draw for me.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions.



Spanish football. Enough said

La Roja takes us on a journey through some of the extraordinary characters, games and other activities that have defined Spanish soccer, from the early days when a few enthusiasts developed their talent, to the emergence of rival giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, and a national team that, encompassing all that was most brilliant in the Spanish League, became the world’s champion.



Just because I’m a social media geek

Social commerce is the new buzz word and this book will be the first to cut through the hype and tell you exactly what it all means… and how to do it. Social media has moved on, it’s not enough to just be engaging your customers in fun chit-chat, now you can sell to them directly through their favourite social media platform.  In this follow up to This Is Social Media Guy Clapperton uses the same easy-to-follow visuals and instructions to break the process down and show you exactly how to set up your own social commerce operation and how to make it a success.



Yes, yes, this is exactly me right now!

Winner describes how experiences of loss and failure unexpectedly slam her into a wall of doubt and spiritual despair: “My belief has faltered, my sense of God’s closeness has grown strained, my efforts at living in accord with what I take to be the call of the gospel have come undone.”

Witty, relatable, and fiercely honest, Winner lays bare her experience of what she calls the “middle” of the spiritual life. In elegant and spare prose, she explores why—in the midst of the overwhelming anxiety, loneliness, and boredom of her deepest questioning about where (or if) God is—the Christian story still explains who she is better than any other story she’s ever known.




Posted by on July 25, 2012 in wish wednesday


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3 responses to “Wish Wednesday: Books I Hope To Read Before 2012 (Or the World) Ends

  1. Judie

    July 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I want to read Gone Girl, too. Like you, I was so intrigued when I read a lot of great things about it.
    I’ll re-read City of Bones with you! Read it two years ago and now I have very little idea of what happened in the story. I’m so like Dory with books I read.

    I hope you get to buy them (some, if not all) soon. Kebs na sa insanely huge TBR pile! 🙂

  2. idaflutterby

    July 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Hahaha kebs talaga! I’m so tempted to click the buy button on amazon now! Haha. What’s on your reading list now?

  3. Judie

    July 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Mostly YA ako lately. I stumbled upon interesting YA book bloggers and na-overwhelm ako sa dami na pala ng YA books worth looking into. Trying to stay away from dystopian themes but since I love zombies, couldn’t help but overlap. For good measure, I’m reading contemporary romance in between.


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