I read a lot of books. Which, for me, also means I buy quite a lot of books. English books are just not that accessible to me any other way, since I live in the Netherlands. I will share some tips on how to access books for cheap or even free sometime soon, but that’s for another day!
Mainly, I keep track of what I want to buy through Book Depository wishlists. I have an elaborate (but not necessarily well-structured) system for how to organize those that I thought would be fun to share! (This will be a fairly long post though, so buckle up!)
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I’ve mainly sorted my wishlist by release date (for preorders), age group, and genre. This helps me decide what I’m in the mood to buy, so that I don’t have to go through the entirety of my wishlists when I want to buy a few books.
The first list, because the system is alphabetized, is adult fiction, this includes most genres, and just consists of any books I’d like to buy/read that are aimed at adults.
Some examples of books on this wishlist are:
- Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, which I’ve heard great things about
- Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, because I loved the Netflix show
- Broken Records by Lilah Suzanne, which I read as an eARC and really enjoyed
Alice in Wonderland
Something you may or may not know about me, is that I collect different editions of Alice in Wonderland. Through a wishlist, I keep track of editions I’d like to add to my collection one day.
I only recently added a wishlist for anthologies, just because I really want to read more of them. Three anthologies on my wishlist are:
- Black Enough, edited by Ibi Zoboi, which I’ve been wanting to read ever since it came out.
- Summer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins, which I’m hoping to order and read this summer.
- Hungry Hearts, edited by Elsie Chapman, which is a recent release I would love to read.
My August wishlist is for book on my radar that are coming out this month. This doesn’t mean I will actually preorder/buy all of these! I usually pick a few books that I’m most excited for, and move the rest to one of my other wishlists. This, like my other wishlists, is mostly a way for me to keep track of what books are out there that I would like to read at some point.
A few books that I’d love to get in August are:
- No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter, which is said to be a very body positive YA novel.
- Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, which is a middlegrade graphic novel.
- The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, which I already read, LOVED, and reviewed.
Barnes & Noble Classics
Like Alice in Wonderland editions, I also like to keep track of Barnes and Noble leatherbounds I would like to have one day. I don’t typically buy these often, but every once in a while there will be a sale and I might order one. The handy thing about these wishlists is that you get notified when the price drops.
This wishlist is mainly meant to keep track of boxed sets I would like to add to my collection one day. I don’t think I’ve actually ever ordered anything from this wishlist, but it’s just a way to remember and then I can check if there’s a sale on them anywhere.
Children’s Books and Middlegrade
Some middlegrade books on my wishlist are:
- Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender, because I really enjoyed their other book.
- To Night Owl From Dog Fish by Holly Goldberg-Sloan and Meg Wolitzer, because a friend recommended this to me.
- Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga, which is a recent release I’d love to read.
“Classics” is another wishlist I hardly ever order anything from, and that I mostly keep as a reminder. To be very honest, I haven’t read very many classics over the past few years, so it’s not really any use to buy new ones.
This wishlist is for books I’ve already read, or for books I own but would like a different edition of. These might be books I accidentally got in the wrong edition, or books I’ve read and loved as an audiobook or an eARC, or got from the library.
- Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, which I used to own as a paperback, but really want to get as a hardback.
- One Giant Leap by Heather Kaczynski, which is the sequel to Dare Mighty Things, and I loved as an audiobook.
- Royal Rescue by A. Alex Logan, which I read and loved as an eARC because it has amazing aroace rep.
I mean, I know these aren’t technically books, but I do like coloring books, and there are a few I’d like to get at some point!
Comics and Graphic Novels
This is one of my longer wishlists, which currently has 96 titles on it. I recently ordered a bunch of graphic novels, so I probably won’t do so again until I’ve finished all of those, but here’s a few examples of graphic novels I’d love to get next time:
- Sheets by Brenna Tummler
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
- Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele
This wishlists holds all of the YA contemporaries I would like to read at some point. This is another one of the longest wishlist, which is currently at 107 books. Some examples are:
- Dress Codes For Small Towns by Courtney Stevens
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
- Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green
I’ve been collecting different editions of the Harry Potter series for a few years now, and every once in a while, I’ll order a new copy to add to my collection.
Nonfiction and Memoirs
I’ve recently been getting more into nonfiction, so this is another of my latest wishlist additions. Some examples of books on this wishlist are:
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- It’s Not About the Burqa by Mariam Khan
- Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I do get in the mood for it sometimes, so I recently made a wishlist for poetry books as well. I’m hoping to pick up a few of them soon. Some examples are:
- to make monsters out of girls by Amanda Lovelace
- Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell
- Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Skinner
This is one of my most used wishlists, as it’s how I keep track of what books are coming out. I always add to this throughout the year, mainly based on the Goodreads lists with monthly releases. Some of the books on this wishlist are:
Puffin Hardcover Classics
Because this collection of children’s books is the absolute cutest, I decided to collect these. But I have to admit I haven’t ordered any new ones for months, possibly for over a year. I just have to read the children’s classics on my physical TBR first!
Some of the September releases on my wishlist are:
Because some of my wishlists contain so many books, I’ve made a separate (shorter) wishlist for the ones I’m hoping to order very soon. Some examples are:
- Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender
- When the Ground Is Hard by Malla Nunn
- Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga
These last two wishlists are probably the biggest, because they have most of the YA books that I still want to read at some point. I divided these in standalones and series. These are some of the books on this wishlist:
- Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
- The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
- Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
This last wishlist has all the YA and/or SFF series that I’m still hoping to get to. Some examples are:
How do you keep track of the books you want to buy/read?