This post is in response to a number of requests I receive along the lines of “where do you find all these beautiful books”, and “how do you afford them”. Well, one way of getting books at well below market price is to preorder them early – often there is a big discount offered if you are willing to take a bit of a risk on preordering. If you are a collector, it’s also a good way to ensure that you will have a more valuable “first edition, first printing” – although I have found that if you order signed books from larger stores like Waterstones, they may be later printings, so if this is important to you definitely check first. First print runs can also have special extras, like sprayed page edges, or decorative ‘hidden covers’ on the boards under the dust jacket. And some publishers even offer fancy extras if you preorder, although this is more common in the US than elsewhere. So, please find below a list of beautiful books that I have on my horizon – and let me know if this is a useful feature and I’ll do it again for you in a few months.

Classics

The Chiltern Classics

This series was actually released in late 2018, but it’s rather gorgeous and only recently became available for international orders, so I’m including it here because they look stunning and are definitely high on my wishlist.

Buy Wuthering Heights from Book Depository [UK edition].

Buy Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte from Book Depository [UK edition]

Buy Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen from Book Depository [UK edition]

Buy Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen from Book Depository [UK edition]

Buy Great Expectations by Charles Dickens from Book Depository [UK edition]

Buy Persuasion by Jane Austen from Book Depository [UK edition]

Buy The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald from Book Depository [UK edition]

Buy The Art of War by Sun Tzu from Book Depository [UK edition] 

Peter Pan (slipcased) by James Barrie and Leire Salaberria

Publisher: Arcturus, 1 April 2019

Peter Pan’s adventures in Neverland with Wendy and her brothers are presented in a lovely slipcased edition with new illustrations.

Buy Peter Pan from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

See the rest of the series here.

Anne of Green Gables (slipcased) by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Luisa Uribe

Publisher: Arcturus, 26 April 2019

Anne’s adventures on Prince Edward Island are presented in a lovely slipcased edition with new illustrations.

Buy Anne of Green Gables from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

See the rest of the series here.

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The Time Machine (Classics Reimagined) by HG Wells, Alessandro Lecis and Alessandra Panzeri
Publication: Rockport, 7 May 2019

A science fiction classic, retold with stunning modern illustrations.

Buy The Time Machine from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Classics Reimagined) by Robert Louis Stevenson and Tina Berning

Publication: Rockport, 23 July 2019

A science fiction classic, retold with stunning modern illustrations.

Buy book from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

The Tiny Book of Jane Austen

Publication: Insight Editions, 30 July 2019

A tiny book filled with pithy Jane Austen quotes.

Buy Tiny Jane Austen from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Fantasy

Fantasy is one of my favourite genres, so I always keep my eye out for special edition preorders. For books that tend towards the young adult market, there are also often some cool pre-order incentives – although most commonly limited to those with a US address, there are a couple that are also available for a broader set of international fans, and I will include links to these below as well where available.

The Fork, the Witch and the Worm by Christopher Paolini

Publication: Puffin, 1 Jan 2019

New stories set in the world of Eragon and The Inheritance Cycle.

Signed editions available for early orders.

► While stocks last, buy The Fork, The Witch and the Worm (UK ed) signed edition direct from Book Depository or signed bookplate edition from Waterstones.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Publication: Little, Brown Books (US), Hot Key (UK), 8 Jan 2019

The second book in the brilliant ‘Folk of the Air’ series. Includes a map and illustrated chapter headings.

Pre-order offer (US and UK only, ends 7 Jan 2019): free enamel pin and bookmark. Show proof of purchase via these links: US apply here | UK apply here.

► Buy The Wicked King (US ed) from Book Depository, The Wicked King (UK ed) from Book Depository, or Amazon (US ed)
► B&N (US ed) have an exclusive edition available with a different cover and deleted scenes.
► Waterstones (UK ed) have a signed exclusive edition with two bonus scenes.

The Binding by Bridget Collins

Publication: HarperCollins UK 10 Jan 2019; US 16 April 2019.

Pre-order competition (UK only, ends 9 Jan 2019): Preorder from Waterstones to win a 3-course dinner and one-night stay at a private club plus £200 to spend on books. 

► Buy The Binding from Waterstones (exclusive edition with sprayed page edges).

► Buy the standard edition of The Binding from Book Depository or from Amazon (US).

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Publication: Wednesday Books, 15 Jan 2019

A historical fantasy heist adventure set in Paris 1889. Deckled edges.

Pre-order offer (US, Canada only, ends 6 Jan 2019): A set of character tarot cards. Submit proof of purchase here.

► Buy The Gilded Wolves from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Stain by AG Howard

Publication: Abrams, 15 Jan 2019

A gothic fairy tale inspired by The Princess and the Pea. Decorative features throughout.

Pre-order offer (US, ends 14 Jan): prequel short story, rose enamel pin, signed bookplate. Submit proof of purchase here.

► Buy Stain from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Publication: Transworld (UK edition), 17 Jan 2019; Atria (US edition) 4 December 2018

An atmospheric tale about the disappearance of three girls, from the author of The Thirteenth Tale. Signed UK edition available from Waterstones.

Buy Once Upon a River from Book Depository (UK ed) or Amazon (US ed).

► While stocks last, buy Once Upon a River from Waterstones (UK) (signed edition)

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Publication: Orion (UK), Imprint (US), 29 Jan 2019

Pre-order offer (US only, ends 28 Jan 2019): King of Scars enamel pin. US apply here.

Pre-order competition (UK only, ends 28 Jan 2019): Preorder from Waterstones for an entry to win a signed limited edition print of Nikolai Lantsov.

► US edition of King of Scars from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

► While stocks last, buy a signed edition of King of Scars from Waterstones (UK).

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Bridget Kemmerer
Publication: Bloomsbury, 29 Jan 2019

Pre-order offer (USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and India, ends 28 Jan 2019): a bonus scene, and chance at winning a ‘cozy winter reading box’. Submit proof of purchase here.

Buy A Curse So Dark and Lonely from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Publication: Zaffre (UK), 7 Feb 2019; Mira (US) 19 Feb 2019

Pre-order offer (UK & Ireland only, ends 6 Feb 2019): map, signed bookplate, tote bag. UK apply here.

Pre-order competition (UK only, ends 6 Feb 2019): Preorder from Waterstones for an entry to win a 2-night stay in Stirk House.

► UK edition from Book Depository, US edition from Amazon

► While stocks last, signed edition from Waterstones.

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Publication: Bloomsbury, 26 Feb 2019

Pre-order offer (US, UK, Ireland, Australia, NZ and Canada): A signed poster for preorders from any retailer. Apply here.

► UK edition from Book DepositoryUS edition from Amazon

► While stocks last, signed edition from Waterstones.

black leopard red wolf

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Publication: Penguin (UK), Riverhead (US), 28 Feb 2019

Billed as an African Game of Thrones.

► Buy UK edition from Book DepositoryUS edition from Amazon.

► While stocks last, signed UK edition from Waterstones.

Gathering of Shadows Collector’s Edition by VE Schwab

Publication: Tor Books, 12 Mar 2019

2nd book in the ‘collector’s edition’ series. Includes end pages featuring fan art, an updated glossary of Arnesian and Antari terms, and a new original story from within the Shades of Magic World.

► Buy Gathering of Shadows from Book Depository or Amazon (US)B&N also have a different cover available.

Pop-ups and Paper Engineering

dreamworks dragons pop up cover

DreamWorks Dragons: Adventures with Dragons, A Pop-Up History by Joshua Pruett and James Diaz

Publication: Insight Editions, 5 March 2019

An exploration of dragon lore and a peek inside the Hidden World from the upcoming film. Six large pops, seven smaller pops, and a removable map.

Buy DreamWorks Dragons Pop-Up from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Believe Pop-up by Robert Sabuda

Publication: Candlewick Press, 9 April 2019

A pop-up celebration of life.

Buy Believe from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Stationery

Okay, it might be a bit of stretch to include stationery in a ‘books’ list, but basically I love all things paper, so I’m including these lovelies for those of you who feel the same!

Severed Moon Journal by Leigh Bardugo
Publication: St Martin’s Press, 29 Jan 2019

A magical journal filled with introspective questions and prompts to respond to, and evocative quotes from the Grishaverse. Includes foil accents and a ribbon bookmark.

Buy book from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Brian Froud Sketchbook by Brian Froud
Publication: 

A hardcover sketchbook featuring fantastical drawings, sketches and concept art to help bring out your magical artistry.

Buy Brian Froud Sketchbook from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

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Studio Ghibli Postcards

Publication: Chronicle books, 5 March 2019

100 postcards featuring iconic image frames from the beloved feature length films from this Japanese animation studio, in a keepsake box.

Buy Studio Ghibli Postcards from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Marvel Comics Postcards

Publication: Insight editions, 2 April 2019

100 postcards showcasing decades of collectible comic book art, in a keepsake box.

Buy Marvel Comics Postcards from Book Depository or Amazon (US).

Harry Potter Postcards

Publication: Insight editions, 11 Dec 2018

100 postcards with stills from the films and cool posters from the movies, in a keepsake box. 

Buy Harry Potter Postcards from Book Depository or Amazon (US).


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