I’ve missed the last few Top Ten Tuesdays, but I’m officially trying to get back into the swing of things, with (as the title suggests), the top ten books I’d love to get for Christmas. Which, I cannot believe is on Friday (HOW?!). Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s one looks like an epic chance for me to ramble about my TBR list, so let’s get into it.
I actually don’t receive books for Christmas all that often. Or at least, not since I was quite a bit younger. Usually my aunt sends us books as presents, but aside from that I’m usually buying books myself – or with a gift voucher for a bookshop. I don’t mind, because I get to choose my own books, but I suppose it’s a little odd, maybe. But if I were to receive any books for Christmas, these would be some of the ones I’d be ridiculously happy with.
1- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park is the only one of Jane Austen’s novels that I haven’t read in full, and it’s also the only one I don’t have my own copy of. I’ve read maybe twenty chapters of my mum’s copy and really enjoyed it, so I’d really like my own copy so I can read the rest of it (I could finish reading my mum’s copy, but that’s this GIANT anthology of al Jane Austen’s novels, and it looks pretty but is kinda cumbersome to read).
2- Every Move by Ellie Marney
I’m not 100% sure on the exact release date of Every Move, but it was at a point in the year where school was fairly hectic. So unlike the previous two, which I bought right after they were released, I missed out on buying Every Move, because by the time school was over and I went book shopping, my local bookshop was no longer stocking it (or possibly I just missed seeing it big time). It’s a trilogy I adore, so I’m really keen to finish it.
3-Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield
If Vikki Wakefield’s previous novels are anything to go by, Inbetween Days should be phenomenal. If it’s too much like Friday Brown there’s a considerable chance I’ll lose a good proportion of my soul by reading this book, but I’m willing to take the risk
4-Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Code Name Verity is my absolute favourite novel, for so many reasons, so when I heard Elizabeth Wein was writing another historical novel, it went straight on my TBR list. Haven’t really seen it around yet, so I might have to resort to buying it online.
5- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This is one of those books that everyone but me seems to have read. I’ve heard so many good things about it that there is an element of trepidation about it, but I really would like to read it.
6- Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
I loved The Diviners, so the wait for Lair of Dreams was pretty excruciating (three years or something? Maybe only two, but you get my drift. Felt like aaaages). Then I never ended up reading it, despite a couple of opportunities to buy it. Which feels a bit anticlimactic after waiting for so long.
7- The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
I think that The Name of the Star came out in 2010. Or at least, I’m pretty sure I got it for Christmas in 2010. Five years on, I’m still waiting to read the sequel. I don’t remember how long it was after that that The Madness Underneath was released, but it’s been on my TBR list for a very long time. Even though they changed the cover design (or don’t seem to have continued the design from book one to two), I’m getting kinda desperate to read this one.
8- All the Rage by Courtney Summers
I’ve loved all the books by Courtney Summers so far (although “loved” doesn’t seem like quite the right word. Appreciated, maybe. Loved is a bit too happy-sounding). So when I heard about All The Rage, I was very interested. Courtney Summers tends to be realy good at writing about the kind of things that don’t necessarily get spoken about, so I’m really keen to see how she handles Romy’s story.
9- Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
You could probably file this alongside The Madness Underneath as “books I really wanted to read when they were released but then… didn’t”. I think I’ve read the first few chapters at some stage, back when I had my ebook and got the free preview. I’ll read Unspoken someday. I hope.
10- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
A Christmas miracle, perhaps?
There’s so many other books I’d totally love to wake up to on Christmas Day, but these are the major ones. What books are you looking forward to/hoping for on Friday? Are there any books that, like me, you’ve wanted to read for years but never managed to get hold of?