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.
The Chiltern Classics
This beautiful series of classic literature 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
► 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.
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.
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.
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.
► 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.
► 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.
The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Publication: Zaffre (UK), 7 Feb 2019; Mira (US) 19 Feb 2019
In 1612 Lancaster, England, the hunt for witches is rampant, and to be a woman is the greatest risk of all.
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.
► While stocks last, signed edition from Waterstones with sprayed page edges and patterned endpapers.
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.
► While stocks last, signed 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.
Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
Publication: Scholastic, 3 Mar 2019
The conclusion to State of Sorrow, in which Sorrow Ventaxis has to free herself from Vespus Corrigan. This Waterstones exclusive paperback has a delightful design printed on the sprayed page edges.
► While stocks last, buy Song of Sorrow with sprayed page edges from Waterstones
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
Publication: HarperCollins, 5 Sep 2019
The conclusion of the Nevernight Chronicles. Truedark approaches, and Mia, Ashlinn and Jonnen must undertake a perilous journey across the Republic. This Waterstones exclusive features black sprayed page edges.
► While stocks last, buy UK edition of Darkdawn with sprayed page edges from Waterstones
Pop-ups and Paper Engineering
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.
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!