Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

"Top Ten Tuesday" is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Christmas, Christmas time is here! Time for joy... especially in the form of beautiful, sparkling lights, wreaths and mistletoe, and what some would say "irresponsibly large" mugs of peppermint hot chocolate. And with all of this wishy-washy Washington weather we've got going on this time of year, I'd say it's also time for staying inside and earning that triumphant feeling of completing your Goodreads Challenge for 2015 (75 books complete, yay!).

So, with all of the books that have been rounding out my end-of-the-year reading, it makes sense that I would be placing quite a few titles at high-priority on my Christmas list... so much so, to the point where my Mom almost threatened to not accept it, without a couple of revisions first. Then, even after she went ahead and ordered some, as well as dispersed other titles to other gift-givers (like my cousin, serving as a Secret Santa at an extended family gathering), she let me run loose inside of our local Barnes and Noble, under the pretext of having me choose books for my two younger sisters, too, but also making sure I picked up the titles she had overlooked.

Needless to say, I'm pretty confident in the amount of new books I'm getting for Christmas... in fact, because of the aforementioned Secret Santa, I already got two of the ones on my list! However, for the sake of shaking things up, and giving my Dad some new titles to stay on the lookout for, here is yet another list, of the Top Ten (ish) books I would love to see under the tree come Christmas morning.


1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Patrick Ness
I've been talking to everyone about this new YA, and I still have yet to get my hands on it, in part, because I've been holding out for a physical copy. #grabbyhands

2. Why Not Me, Mindy Kaling
Despite my dislike of The Office - yes, yes, just consider it a personality defect and move on or whatever - I died over Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? all the way back in 2012, and am fully ready to get my guffaw on with her sophomore written work.

3. Inside the O'Briens, Lisa Genova
I recently detailed why I'd buy this book for my Mom on a Gift Guide for this year, but afterwards, I've pretty much decided I just want it, too. She can read it afterwards.

4. Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
A super-hyped fantasy title, written by the author of the Grisha trilogy? Yes, please.

5. Vicious, V.E. Schwab
Yet another super-hyped title, but also one I've been hearing about consistently for a couple of years now. Its enduring popularity among its readers makes me really want to delve into this story, about
college roommates, turned enemies... with superpowers.

6. Uprooted, Naomi Novik
If the hype weren't enough to get you, the gorgeous cover decisions would have roped me in right quick. A Beauty and the Beast retelling with a lot of new magic to stir things up, I am so ready for this read!

7. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo and Kathy Hirano
Yes, mother, I really did put a book about cleaning on my Christmas List. One of my resolutions for 2016 is going to be trying to embrace my minimalist side, and this title has been touted by one too many of my favorite YouTubers to be ignored!


8. The Sleeper and the Spindle, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell 
An astonishingly gorgeous illustrated story, detailing the story of a queen rescuing a princess from a sleeping enchantment. I'm a fairy tale kid through and through.

9. The Game of Love and Death, Martha Brockenbrough
A game of bets and influence between Love and Death, seeing whether the humans they pick to be their unwitting pawns will conquer the forces that threaten to tear them apart: and, bonus points, they pick a couple living in Seattle in the throes of the Great Depression. Score!

10. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet, Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley 
Say hello to the supes adorbs Ly-dee-yah Bennet, younger sister to snarky, wonderful Lizzie, and unsung star of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries webseries. This installment is actually a continuation, after the LBD ended, so we can see how Lydia recovers from the Wickham heartbreak, and finds her own story beyond the lives of her sisters.

What's on your Top Ten? Let me know, in the comments below! 


  1. Great list. I would like to read Inside the O'Briens and Uprooted. Merry Christmas.

  2. Great list, Savannah! I'm looking forward to reading Game of Love & Death also, and I really enjoyed Six of Crows a lot. Vicious is my favorite VE Schwab book--it's so good; I hope you get a chance to read it. Have a wonderful holiday!

    My TTT- http://rachelwritesthings.blogspot.com/2015/12/top-ten-books-i-wouldnt-mind-my.html

  3. I LOVE MINDY KALING! Why Not Me? Is a great book! I hope you get it and love it!
    Happy Holidays!

    My TTT! :D