Wishlist Wednesday

Welcome to Wishlist Wednesday!

The concept is to post about one book from our wish lists that we can’t wait to read. Want to play? Here’s how:

  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Do a post about one book from your wishlist and why you want to read it.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of the post at Pen to Paper.
  • Put a link back to Pen to Paper somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

My Wishlist Wednesday book is:

  Gorgeous

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

From Goodreads:

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky from a nothing special girl into the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness.

Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world.

A screamingly defiant, hugely naughty, and impossibly fun free fall past the cat walks, the red carpets, and even the halls of Buckingham Palace, Gorgeous does the impossible: It makes you see yourself clearly for the first time.

Why do I want to read this?

This really, really, really — on the surface of it —  does not sound like my kind of thing. And yet… I’ve read a series of great reviews about this book, including a rave review in the New York Times by the absolutely amazing Libba Bray. Good enough for me!

I’ve heard that it’s funny and moving, well-written, with a fairy-tale feel as well as a deep look at self-image and standards of beauty. I was a bit enchanted when I read this bit of an interview with the author:

There’s a lot in the book about our obsession not just with celebrities, but also with beauty. It’s fun, but are you also critiquing it?

Absolutely. Any behavior that becomes obsessive can be dangerous. One of the inspirations for this book was something my mother said: She was looking at old photos from when she was young, and she said something like, back then I thought I was so ugly, but I looked great. And then she laughed, which I’m glad about, but it made me think about the degree to which beauty rules our lives. I knew that this stuff mattered and could do terrible harm, and comic writing becomes funnier the higher the stakes are.

This YA book sounds like a lot of fun — but it also seems to have a lot to say. I’m intrigued, and just waiting for a copy to  become available at my library. Let me know if you’ve had a chance to read Gorgeous yet!

So what’s on your wishlist this week?

So what are you doing on Thursdays and Fridays? Come join me for my regular weekly features, Thursday Quotables and Flashback Friday! You can find out more here — come share the book love!

Wishlist Wednesday

Welcome to Wishlist Wednesday!

The concept is to post about one book from our wish lists that we can’t wait to read. Want to play? Here’s how:

  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Do a post about one book from your wishlist and why you want to read it.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of the post at Pen to Paper.
  • Put a link back to Pen to Paper somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

My Wishlist Wednesday book is:

  The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

From Amazon:

In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

Why do I want to read this?

I don’t just want to read this — I’m dying to read this! The story of two magical creatures from distinctly different cultures and traditions sounds amazing, and I’ve heard so many good things about this book already. I love stories about golems, and introducing a golem and a jinni in old New York sounds too good to be true. As both magical and historical fiction, this sounds like something I’ll love.

Full disclosure: Over the weekend, I discovered that I still had an unused but almost expired Groupon for a local bookstore, so I ran right out and picked up a copy of The Golem and the Jinni. It’s so pretty! The cover is gorgeous is person, and the page edges are dark blue — the whole thing just looks so special! My problem now is that between work demands and some upcoming travel, I won’t have time to enjoy this book until mid-July at the earliest.

So what’s on your wishlist this week?

So what are you doing on Thursdays and Fridays? Come join me for my regular weekly features, Thursday Quotables and Flashback Friday! You can find out more here — come share the book love!