One Of My Favourite Books Decides My Wish List

Hey everyone !! 

Today I am basically sharing a wish list of books I want to read but each book on this list is picked by dissecting a favourite book of mine so the areas I loved in my favourite book are featured in the book on my TBR. It will make sense once you see the list (hopefully). 

also, it is a birthday wish list seeing as today is my birthday. πŸŽ‰βœ¨πŸ’•

First things first, what favourite book am I using ??

*drumroll please*

Ink In The Blood by Kim Smejkal

A lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake.

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.

Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.

To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of allβ€”Profeta itself.

I’ve chosen ‘Ink in the Blood’ seeing as I mentioned in my 2020 favourite books list and I felt like I had many parts I could pick out from it to find in other books. Plus, it is very suitable that it was literally published a year ago on this very day (we share the same birthday, yay).

the wish list

TRAIT ONE: found family

In ‘Ink in the Blood’, our main character joins the rabble mob which gives them a sense of belonging and family. (it isn’t the most ‘found family’ I’ve seen but it is still there)

The Black Veins (Anniversary Edition) by Ashia Monet

and the matching book on my wish list is….

The Black Veins by Ashia Monet

I mean, c’mon, this cover screams found family and I am screaming in excitement back at it because found family is a superior trope.

To put it briefly, seven powerful magicians go on a road trip to save one of their families. So, MAGIC. FRIENDSHIP. ROADTRIP. I *need* it.

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TRAIT TWO: theatre

In ‘Ink in the Blood’ as stated in the synopsis they join a travelling theatre troupe and Celia becomes a part of theatre production involving going on stage and acting *with magic*.

if we were villains by m.l.rio

and the matching book on my wish list is….

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

I don’t know that many theatre books so whilst this is quite a different approach to theatre, theatre is definitely present.

In this book we follow Oliver telling his story after being released from prison. 10 years ago, he was one of seven Shakespearean actors who decided to play their roles on and off stage but after *violent* ensues and a tragedy befalls them, it brings new levels to their acting. So, THEATRE. DEATH. LIES.

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TRAIT THREE: religious themes

In ‘Ink in the Blood’ it deals with the religion of Profeta which rules over the land. Our main character questions her role in relation to Profeta, what it means for their country and dealing with the repercussions of acting in rebellion of Profeta.

the hundred thousands kingdoms by n. k. jemisin

and the matching book on my wish list is….

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

This is a fantasy which involves ROYALTY, FAMILY, POWER, POLITICS and GODS. I think gods being included in fantasy books can add such a lot in respect to power, magic and, as they are usually worshipped, the complexes.

To quote the synopsis “But it’s not just mortals who have secrets worth hiding and Yeine will learn how perilous the world can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably.” I think it sounds soOo interesting.

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TRAIT FOUR: unique magic

In ‘Ink in the Blood’ the magic felt quite fresh and different. It deals with tattoos and transferring them to other people. I love how it focused on art and themes of responsibility of power. Plus, it has a really whimsical feel. I think the aesthetic of this book matches the cover well.

the bone shard daughter by andrea stewart

and the matching book on my wish list is….

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

As the title suggests this book involves ‘bone shard magic’ which I haven’t read anything about. I believe it involves creating animal-like constructs that can be used to control others (??). I think it sounds awesome and I think it would deal with responsibility of power like in ‘Ink in the Blood’.

This book also has ROYALTY, FORBIDDEN MAGIC, SECRETS, MUTLIPLE POV and more. I’ve heard a lot of good things and it sounds ah-mazing.

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TRAIT FIVE: outcasts/runaways

In ‘Ink in the Blood’, as it states in the synopsis, we are following Celia and Anya as they run away from their job as inklings and are in hiding.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

and the matching book on my wish list is….

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

I’ve kind of stretched this one to fit the trait but Enne RUNS AWAY to follow the trail of her missing mother and she is now ALONE. So, I think it is close enough, right???

I think this book sounds amazing though and I’ve heard all good things. It involves A CON MAN, MYSTERY, CASINOS, GAMES, ENEMIES and more. It sounds like it is all going down and I need to be a part of it.

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TRAIT SIX: female friendship

In ‘Ink in the Blood’, we have the female friendship of Celia and Anya at the front of the book. I loved seeing this strong relationship and I really enjoyed the journey we went on with them.

and the matching book on my wish list is….

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

This was quite a hard prompt to fill *where are my female friendships, please give me recs* but I believe Truthwitch has a central female friendship between Safi and Iseult and I love to see it.

Truthwitch sounds amazing, not only for the friendship, but for HIDDEN POWERS, ENEMIES IN PURSUIT, WAR, TREATIES, MAGIC and TRUTH. Plus, it has been on my TBR for a loooong time so I should pick it up.

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TRAIT SEVEN: LGBTQIA+ representation

In ‘Ink in the Blood’, our main character is bisexual and this quote from the author says more about the representation in this book; “the world-building in INK includes tenors: a visible, variable aura everyone has that reflects their gender identity. Orientation, identity, and expression are along continuums and there is no binary, but to use familiar terms, the novel features nonbinary and trans characters, and on-page m/m, f/f, and bi rep”

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

and the matching book on my wish list is….

The Rise of Kyoshi by F. C. Lee

I picked this book as I know it has a bisexual main character as well, and includes a romance I believe so YAY !!

Of course, this book has been on my TBR after loving Avatar: The Last Airbender (thank you Aditi) and I think Kyoshi is going to be an amazing character. I love that we get to see her journey from the beginning and build up her legend. I can’t wait.

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TRAIT EIGHT: slow burn

In ‘Ink in the Blood’ the romance was stunning. I can’t pinpoint it exactly, but I think it is one of the best YA fantasy romances I’ve read it a while. It was all about the small details and how it gradually progressed. Plus, it had the original elements that I love but still felt fresh. I’m all about the slow burn.

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and the matching book on my wish list is….

Here The Whole Time by Vitor Martins

I found finding a slow burn book so hard because it is never written in the synopsis. Then I remembered this book existed and that many of the reviews mentioned YEARNING AND SLOW BURNING.

I mainly want to pick this book up because it has fat representation which I love (the dedication πŸ₯Ί) especially in male characters as I have less books on my TBR which include a focus on male body image. It is also set in Brazil and is a translated book which are two of my reading goals.

….and we are done. That was actually harder that I thought. I should have realised finding specific things in books I haven’t read would be hard, lol. Anyway, I enjoyed it and I hope you did too. I would love to know if you think you would be able to do this with one of your favourite books.

What books on your wish list relates to one of your favourite books?

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? What did you think to them?


42 thoughts on “One Of My Favourite Books Decides My Wish List

  1. That’s such an interesting way to analyze your wishlist! I think I quite enjoy the found family trope too (although I didn’t end up adoring Black Veins unfortunately. I enjoyed it, just didn’t love it.) but other than that, I’d really have to dive deep. I read quite a lot of books that deal with grief, but I never thought about whether I seek those out intentionally.

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    1. Thank you, I wanted to prioritise reading specifics things I love in books so I thought this was one way to make a list haha !!
      Yes the found family trope is one of my favourites, I love how fun and tender it can be. I’m sorry you didn’t love the black veins but glad you were still able to enjoy it !!
      It can be hard to think of haha.
      Ohh.. when in the right mood I can reach for books with grief as I think seeing the emotions explored can be beneficial and I love emotionally rich books. hmm..it will be interesting to realise if you do or do not.
      Thank you for reading !! πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much Kayla !! πŸ’• Yes, hopefully it will lead us to books we love as well.
      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed If We Were Villains, I’ve heard a lot of good things so I can’t wait to explore it.
      It does sound super good and I loooove found families so much. I hope we both end up enjoying it !!

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    1. Thank you so much Fadwa πŸ’• yay, I’m glad you liked the post idea, it was fun to do !!
      I’m so happy to hear you loved both those books. When I’m in the right mood I can quite enjoy a slow beginning especially as it picks up, it feels like a journey. oohh.. I may have to buy the sequel straight away with ace then haha.

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  2. Okay, this is such a brilliant concept. I love how you’ve taken traits from the book to make up your tbr list. It’s so creative. The Rise of Kyoshi by F. C. Lee sounds like an incredible read.

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    1. ahhh… Thank you so much Lois !! πŸ’• I thought it would be quite a good way on how to find more books with specific things I love. Thank you !!
      ahh.. The Rise of Kyoshi does sound amazing and I’ve heard a lot of good things so I can’t wait !!

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  3. This is such a fun post!!! I also really want to read The Rise of Kyoshi: I loved ATLA, and really want to read some of the comics. Good luck with getting to all of these books!!

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    1. Thank you so much Aria, I’m glad you enjoyed it !!
      Yesss The Rise of Kyoshi sounds great and I definitely want to pick it up as I loved ATLA too. I hope we both enjoy it !!
      I would love to get my hands on the comics too.
      Thank you so much !! πŸ’•

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  4. sophie!! i absolutely LOVE this idea!! happy happy birthday!! i hope you had a great day, and ate lots of cake (because that’s what’s important haha)!! i just added 8 more books to my tbr because i love all of these traits so much!! i’m especially excited for the black veins and ace of shades because i’ve heard SO many good things about both of them!! would you mind if i did something similar on my blog (giving you credit ofc), because this idea is just so creative and i love it so much ahhhh ❀️❀️

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    1. ahhh… Thank you so much Ahaana !! πŸ’•Thank you, I did have a nice quiet day with plenty of cake because yesssss pleaseeeeee !! haha !!
      ahh.. I’m sooo glad you were able to add all these books to your TBR because I really think they sound amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on them !!
      Yes, me too !!! I really hope we both end up loving those books !!
      Absolutely, of course you can do something similar on your blog. I would LOVE to read what you would put soooo much !! That’s so sweet and I’m so glad and touched you loved it !! (I’m so sorry for the late reply though) πŸ’•πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much Charvi !! πŸ’• Yay, I’m so glad to hear you loved Ink in The Blood as I don’t think I know many who have read it !! I’m glad I did justice to it, yay !
      Thank youuuu so much !! 😊

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  5. Happy Birthday!! I hope that you managed to have a wonderful day yesterday, even if we are trapped in lockdown.
    Also this is a lovely way of sharing your wishlist. And I hope that you manage to get all of these books read this year (: I’m pretty sure The Black Veins is on my TBR yet I’ve never seen that cover πŸ€” I think I saw a black & pink version?? Strange. And I’ve heard fantastic things about We Were Villains. Truthwitchhas been on my TBR for ages too And sounds incredible. The book im most desperate to get to from your list is Bone Shard Daughter though. It sounds incredible (and is sat on my shelf, judging me for not reading it πŸ™ˆ)
    Anyway I hope that you adore all of these. And I will keep my eyes peeled for books with strong female friendships for you!!

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    1. Thank you so much !! πŸ’• I did have a nice day, pretty quiet like you say but it was nice to chill with food haha !!
      Thank you, I thought it would be a fun way to share some books I want to read. Thank you, I hope so. Although I have a fair few books to get through at the minute !!
      Yeah it’s original cover is blue and pink but this was an anniversary edition of the cover and I really loved it so I used that one !!
      I’ve heard a lot of good things too so I’m excited !!
      ahh.. I hope we both love it then !!
      Yessss, it does sound super cool and I hope I get to read it soon. I’d love to know what you think to it !! haha books do do that !!
      Thank you sooo much !! oohh yay, thank you. I would love to read some more !! πŸ’• Happy Reading to you too !!

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      1. I’m glad you had a good time!! And hope that you get to go and celebrate once we’re out of lockdown if you want to.
        Aww well whatever you read I hope you end up loving the books. And it was a really fun idea.
        That makes sense, I just wondered if I was thinking of the wrong book πŸ˜‚ I generally pick the covers that I prefer on my posts too.
        Yes hopefully!!
        I’ll let you know what I think of it when I get to it. Fingers crossed it’ll be soon. Although atm I’m planning to re-read The Cruel Prince so that I can finally finish the series. Then I’ll probably read my copy of Dark & Hollow Star if it’s arrived. Its definitely a majorly high priority read of mine though so it should be soonish.
        Thank you πŸ’—πŸ’—

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        1. Thank you πŸ’•
          Thank youuuuuu !! haha yeah it can be confusing, like I know the name but I don’t recognise that haha!!
          oohh yay, I can’t wait !! oohh I still need to read The Cruel Prince, I’m hoping to this year but I hope your reread goes great !! oohh so excited, I hope it lives up to your expectations !! πŸ’•

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  6. Happy belated birthday, Sophie!! I hope it was amazing! Also, this is such a creative idea for choosing your wish list, I love it. The Black Veins is on my TBR too, and since found family is the BEST trope, I get the feeling I’ll like it πŸ˜€ And I ADORED If We Were Villainsβ€”hope you do too! I’m fascinated by the idea of tenors in Ink in the Blood and I want to check it out now even just for that. I hope all these books on your wish list live up to your expectations! ❀

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    1. Thank you sooooo much Margaret !! πŸ’• ahh.. thank you, I thought it would be quite a fun list to do !!
      yesessss found family really is the superior trope, i’m obsessed and The Black Veins looks amazing !! I hope we both love it !!
      ahh.. that’s so great. I’ve honestly heard nothing but good things so I can’t wait !!
      Yeah it was something different to read about in a fantasy and really nice to see. I hope you enjoy Ink in the Blood if you check it out !!
      Thank you so much !! πŸ’•

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  7. Ooh this is such a fun way of picking new books to read – definitely need to try this. I’ve only read Ace of Shades but it’s one of my fave trilogies. Definitely had some flaws but it was just so twisty and I flew through the trilogy. I rarely binge read books but I didn’t want to put it down! Also I’ve heard so much about The Black Veins and that cover is stunning!! Great post and hope you had a good birthday!πŸ’—

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    1. Yay, thank you. I really enjoyed doing it !! πŸ’•
      ahh.. I’m so glad you enjoyed Ace of Shades so much, I definitely love a twisty journey and I can’t wait to see what I think to it !! I love finding a series to binge as well.
      I know, I really love that cover of The Black Veins and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
      Thank you and thank you so much, I did !! πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  8. i think you’ll really enjoy if we were villains! i read it last october and it was super good. i’m also so excited to see here the whole time on your TBR. i haven’t read that book yet even though it’s super popular around here, but i want to give it a shot. i’ve met the author once before and i love the fact it has fat rep, so i’m hoping to be able to pick it up soon!

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    1. ooh.. I can’t wait to get to if we were villains. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I’m excited to read something different to what I would usually read.
      ahh… I’m excited about getting to here the whole time and I’m so glad it is popular around you. That’s so great that you met the author. I definitely love seeing body diversity in books and it is something I would love to read more of. Yay, I really hope you end up enjoying it, I would love to know you thoughts πŸ’•

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  9. Uhh okay THIS POST DIDN’T HAVE TO BE THIS COOL?!?! Absolutely love this idea Sophie omg. And also love your wishlist. I have If We Were Villains, The Black Veins and Ace of Shades on my tbr as well. And of course, need to go and read one of your favourite books hehe. Loved this post and also obsessed with the way you’ve formatted it. A queen mayhaps you are <3<3<3

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    1. ahhh… thank you soooo much !! I am so glad you enjoyed it, I love looking at all the books I want to read, I feel like I do it more than actually reading πŸ˜‚ Yay, I’ve heard all good things about those books so I hope we both love them !! πŸ’• Yay, I hope you love Ink in the Blood too, I am hoping to get to the sequel soon !! ahh.. thank you so much, you’re too kindπŸ₯ΊπŸ’• Well I wouldn’t say no to being the queen of chocolate πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

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  10. WOW this is so creative !!!!! I loved reading this! And thank you for the shoutout – I know you’ll love the Kyoshi novels :))
    P.S. Do you have any post ideas for me? I’m so out of ideas and I just want to get back to blogging again!!

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    1. ahh.. thank you so much Aditi and thank you for reading !! πŸ’™ Of course, I always think of you when I see Avatar. Yay, I can’t wait to read the Kyoshi novels *ahh* !!

      Aw.. I hope you get back into blogging soon. I always love your posts… in terms of ideas… I am into TBR lists at the minute whether contemporaries to read or adult fantasies or even something more specific like books with witches etc. Or you could do a TBR linking to our favourite book like I did in this post.
      Some discussions are fun.. I have been meaning to do a ‘what I look for in a fantasy book’ post (I just need to write it) so you could do that or for any genre like best qualities in contemporaries etc.
      You could do some blogging focused posts– like favourite parts about blogging, struggles when blogging, why I recommend blogging, why I talk about books etc.
      There are some fun challenges to do like my sister has just done the ‘guess the plot from the cover’ but I can’t think of any more just now.
      If I think of any more I will let you know. You could always look back at some of your favourite posts you’ve written in the past and see if you could do something similar to it as you know you liked it previously. πŸ’™πŸ’™

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  11. oh this is such a cool concept! i haven’t heard of ink in the blood before (or i forgot lmao) but that cover looks VERY FAMILIAR?! also, i haven’t read any of these novels except for ace of shades– but it was one of my all-time favorites, so yes i would highly recommend it! you should definitely read it and let me know what you think!!!

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    1. Yay, I’m glad you liked it. It was a really fun post to do. Haha I’m with you on forgetting some books– I legit brought a book thinking I had never heard of it before then went to add it on goodreads, only to find it was already on my TBR πŸ˜‚ I feel like the red and black gothic covers have been popular recently though πŸ˜‚ ahh… I’m so glad you enjoyed Ace of Shades so much. I can’t wait to read the series, it’s sounds amazing !! Definitely, I’m even more excited knowing you love it !! πŸ’•

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  12. What a fun post idea, and as a huge fan of Ink in the Blood I really think you’ll love Ace of Shades — it’s one of my faves books. I’m not a fan of If We Were Villains but am like the only person lol. Happy belated birthday and reading!

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    1. Thank you πŸ₯°πŸ₯° ahh.. I remember reading your review for Ink in the Blood and it making me super eager to read it ❀️ I’m so glad you think that about Ace of Shades though, I can’t wait to read it. Haha that is quite an unpopular opinion about if we were villains, it will be quite different to what I usually read so I’m interesting to see what I think.
      Thank you so much ❀️ and happy reading to you too!!

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