On My Wishlist really does what it says on the tin. It’s a way for me to highlight books that I have my eye on which have made their way onto my wishlist but I can’t quite get my hands on them for the time being. I’m constantly adding to my wishlist so I doubt I’ll ever manage to buy and read everything on there but I can at least highlight a few. Started by Book Chick City.
At the moment I’m looking into steampunk, seeing what I’m most interested in picking up. I haven’t read anything steampunk yet so highest on my wishlist at the moment are:
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Genre: Science Fiction
I have heard this one being called ‘proto-steampunk’, as while it technically isn’t steampunk, as steampunk didn’t exist when it was written, it definitely contains a lot of the themes. I must admit, Jules Verne never really appealed to me before, I’m not big into ‘adventure’ stories, but I’ll try almost anything once plus his stories were used in Wishbone which is enough to make anything cool.
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Genre: Science Fiction – Time Travel
Same deal as 20,000 Leagues, written pre-steampunk but contains a lot of the elements. However, this isn’t all that makes this one so intriguing to me. It’s also about time travel which is another genre I haven’t had chance to delve into yet, and it helped to spawn another novel which I’m itching to dig my claws into, The Map of Time. H.G. Wells was one of the first to write science fiction, and it’s about time I gave his stuff a read.
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Genre: Science Fiction – Steampunk
I see this one around a lot. When I asked on twitter for good steampunk recommendations, this was one almost everybody mentioned. It sounds like a fantastic read and it has been on my wishlist for about a year now.
Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters
Genre: Science Fiction – Dark Steampunk
This one is actually very new to me. I haven’t seen it around at all until just the other day. Whitechapel Gods seems to have a certain appeal for me. It’s a dark, adult book, which is always going to win me over. I adore dark stories. I suppose it comes from my growing up watching whatever horror films I could put into my dad’s hands in the video shop and at some point growing very bored of “and they lived happily ever after”. Not that I’m averse to happy endings, I just like a bit of variety and Whitechapel Gods sounds like just what the doctor ordered.
I made an entire wishlist for this genre, this really is just a snippet, but I’m really looking forward to digging in! I do already have Soulless, Un Lun Dun, and The Alchemy of Stone on my bookshelf which I’m hoping to read pretty soon.
What’s on your wishlist?