Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This is by no means a comprehensive list and it changes constantly, but this is more or less covering a few of the ones I really want right now and several that I’ve been meaning to get for a while but simply haven’t gotten to or 100% don’t have the money for. But, if I could wish and get all these books for free…these would be some of the ones I’d want under a Christmas tree.
10. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
I lent my copy of this book to my mother and never got it back. She doesn’t seem to know where it is, which is infuriating tbh, and so I’ve basically resigned myself to the understanding that I’ll have to get a new copy. I’m not the happiest person in the world about it since I already bought this book, but it’s also driving me absolutely nuts to see the other two on the shelf and know that they’re incomplete. Do I leave a space open for the book or do I just assume it will take me a while to replace it and prepare for a bookshelf rework when I eventually get it?
9. Briar and Rose and Jack by Katherine Coville
I just finished this one and I really enjoyed it. It’s not out yet, I don’t think, so it’d be kind of unrealistic to expect this one to be under my tree, but at the same time I just really want my own copy. It was a pretty exceptional story and I had a lot of fun reading it. Though I wouldn’t say it’s right for most middlegrade kids as I don’t expect their reading levels to be up to par with the dense language used in this book–there were words even I couldn’t define off the top of my head–it’s definitely one for advanced readers.
8. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I have wanted a physical copy of this book for ages. I have the ebook, but that’s obviously not good enough for a book this fantastic. And really, I just hate that I’ve wanted this one for so long and never got it. There was one time that I almost did, but I convinced myself not to because it was cheaper online. Protip for all of you who love Barnes and Noble, if you get the membership the books are quite a bit cheaper than they are in store and you don’t have to pay for shipping. Of course, I had a bit more control over my spending when it came down to buying it online.
7. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
It’s not out yet but I desperately want this one. I need to know what happens next. I guess I’m still holding out for some things to resolve how I feel about the first one and I’m not sure where the book will head and what’s going to happen but I know that this series was one of the more impressive ones I’d read in a while. And naturally I went out to buy the books. But the problem is that I don’t have this one to complete my collection.
6. Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
I loved this play so much. I pretty much fell for the main character from the first moment he was on the stage. Naturally, I dragged my boyfriend along to watch it with me. And I really enjoyed the experience. It didn’t take me long to be blasting the music on repeat for the next like, five weeks or so. And I’m just really interested in seeing how the book is. I’m sure it’ll be just as great, though I hope it doesn’t fall into the unfortunate situation that all the J. K. Rowling screenplays fall into and is simply a moneygrab.
5. A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
I’ve always really liked Deb Caletti, though her books do have a tendency to be somewhat hit or miss for me. But I’ve heard really good things about A Heart in a Body in the World and I really wanna see how this goes. It seems like the sort of book that I’d really like and I’ve been meaning to get my hands on it for a while now, I just haven’t quite gotten around to it.
4. People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
I’m exceedingly curious to know how this book is going to turn out. There’s just so much to this commentary that I find immeasurably important and I really do hope that Hopkins handles the subject well and doesn’t support some of these idiotic notions about guns and gun violence that have perpetuated themselves around the country. We’ll see how it goes.
3. The Ice Child by Evangeline Denmark
This one isn’t even possible because it was only published as an ebook, something I find to be a blasphemous travesty. All books should be printed on paper to at least be available and exist within the world as more than some digital formatted thing that you have on your computer, tablet, phone, or device of what have you. Maybe one day my dream of having a physical copy of this book will be realized, but until then you can bet I’ll be dreaming of it.
2. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
I need this ARC like yesterday. I really enjoyed Poston’s Geekerella and I am truly just dying to have this book to read. I don’t even know if the ARCs are out anywhere other than Edelweiss at the moment, but you can bet I am desperately searching for it. I’ve already requested on Edelweiss and I have my fingers crossed. I’d be fully willing to count getting approved for it as a very lucky Christmas wish granted.
1. Fullmetal Alchemist Manga Box Set
And the number one book that I’m hoping to find under the tree as a present–but I mean also not really because I wouldn’t want someone to spend that kind of money on me–is the box set of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. I’ve wanted this for a long time, but I just can’t bring myself to spend somewhere near $150 dollars for the thing. It’s just too much at this point in my life. But maybe one day?
And that’s all for now, I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday–whichever ones you celebrate! Happy reading, all!