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Top Ten Tuesday | Here Comes Santa Clause (aka Give Me All the Books *Grabby Hands*)

Christmas. It’s the one day a year we anticipate most throughout the year. Five days from now it will arrive and vanish again. But before it does, today we get to chat about all those books we’d like Santa to bring down our chimneys.  

Broke and Bookish December 20 
December 20: Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree 
(or non-book bookworm items)
- Broke and Bookish


This is actually one of my favorite Top Ten Tuesday topics. Lucky for me, it’s an annual occurrence. Since I don’t ordinarily get books from anyone until after Christmas (it’s a long story, but suffice to say, our Christmas with my Dad’s sister is always late. Our record of how late is bad), I don’t expect to see any of these under the tree Christmas day. I was also surprised how “difficult” it was to come up with these. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Here’s why.

This must mean one of the following:

a.) I already own “all” the books I want? (Not a very encouraging thought because I did think I’d improved on buying ALL THE BOOKS!)
b.) There aren’t as many books out there that interest me
c.) I’m learning more and more which books suit my reading tastes and am honing in on this genre

For my sake, I do hope it’s the last option because perfecting this skill would be particularly helpful. What I did discover in looking at my list is that much of these are of the fantasy variety. This is odd to me since I’m not a 110% fangirl of the genre. It’s fine at certain times, but I have to be in the mood for fantasy. But despite this, I packed my list to Santa full of this genre.

Let’s have a look at what’s on this year’s list.

1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | I bought Six of Crows this year after the flutter of excitement for the release of this followup novel to this popular author. Since I’ve not read ‘Crows,’ adding this one might be premature, but well, I’m adding it because why not?! Plus I have high hopes I’ll enjoy it! Amazon | Goodreads

2. Three Dark Crowns by Kedare Blake | This one sounds a little dark, but also really interesting. Needless to say, the concept of three sisters fighting for the rights of a throne intrigues. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden | Camden is one of the historical authors on my limited historical fiction list. She’s a must buy, but for some reason I’ve fallen behind on her list. This is one I’ve yet to own. Amazon | Goodreads

4. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess | This is one I don’t know a great deal about, but it does sound like a fascinating read. Plus the cover art is designed in some of the most beautiful shades and colors. Amazon | Goodreads
  
5. Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund | Another one I missed snagging when it arrived at the first of 2016. Hopefully this is something I can remedy with great haste. Amazon | Goodreads

6. Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry | Since I added Nowhere But Here to my bookshelf in 2016, I’m being anticipatory with my thoughts for it, and adding book two of this series to the list. Here’s hoping that anticipation pays off. Amazon | Goodreads

7. The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows | Since I read The Orphan Queen last year, reading the sequel seems a good idea. It’s always nice to discover how everything ends. Amazon | Goodreads

8. Heartless by Marissa Meyer | Yes, ‘tis true I’ve not read any novel from Meyer. But with all of the positive things I read about her works, and the fact that Heartless was a hotly anticipated read, I figure, why not? It seemed a must add to any self-respecting book nerds Christmas list. Since making this list, I've actually already picked up Heartless. Amazon | Goodreads

9. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye | Again, this is another YA novel I don’t know much about, but I’ve heard really good things about this one. Plus it’s a debut and when the book intrigues, the appeal of giving a new author’s prose a shot, is always too good to miss. Amazon | Goodreads

10. Almost Like Being in Love by Beth K. Vogt | This wouldn't be a proper list without a contemporary novel. This is one I intended to get when it released this summer, but never did. Seemed like a good addition to today’s list. Amazon | Goodreads

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What books made your list for Santa this week? Have you read any of these or would you like to find any of these under your tree? Comment below with any and all bookish fangirl-ing. I’d love to chat with you.

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36 comments

  1. Awesome list Rissi! A shadow bright and burning is on my list too!! And truthfully, I'd like all the books on the list above :P I can never say no to books :) And also, I thought I should point out that the numbers and titles are a little mixed from 6 onwards..And I hope you get to read Three Dark Crowns soon :)

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    1. YAY! I agree. There are too many books out there not to want all the books. I also am realizing I should have put Lauren Graham's book on this list too - but ah well. Next time.

      Oh, dear. Thank you. This escaped my notice. It will probably have to stay the same since it's been published and all that jazz. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  2. I really liked Heartless. It didn't capture me like the Lunar Chronicles did but it's such a good book! Hope you have a great Christmas!

    Kate @ Fictional Thoughts

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    1. Good to know, Kate. Thanks! I'm looking forward to all of Marissa's books, so hopefully I'll discover gems among some of them. :)

      Same to you - merry Christmas. Hope your holiday is bright and cheery. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I have Heartless but I haven't got around to reading it yet! I hope you have a lovely Christmas! :-)

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    1. Hopefully 2017 will be THE year to read Heartless for both of us, Chrissi. :)

      Thanks for visiting - and same to you! Enjoy Christmas.

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  4. I'm really interested in Three Dark Crowns, the concept intrigued me but I wasn't sure- mixed reviews. But I think i'll take the plunge! Nice list, hope you score some Christmas reads! :)

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    1. I know what you mean, Greg. Mixed reviews leave me skeptical too. Although I do try to go into a book with an unbiased opinion (in terms of reviews). Hopefully we'll both enjoy it if/when we have the chance to read it. Thanks! You too. :)

      Glad you stopped by.

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  5. An excellent list you have here! I put the Six of Crows duology on my list this week. I love Katie McGarry and I really want to get my hands on her Thunder Road series. Also, I bought Heartless recently and I am very, very excited to read it! I hope you get some of these for Christmas!!

    My TTT!

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    1. I have the first book in the Thunder Roads series, and with the third releasing this winter, I'm more curious about it. :) Yay for the Six of Crows duo.

      Heartless, we book nerds are coming for ya' in 2017! :)

      Thanks so much for visiting. Off to read your wish list.

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  6. Great list, Rissi! Heartless is on my wishlist as well. I loved Crooked Kingdom and The Crown's Game so I hope you'll enjoy them. Happy Holidays!

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    1. THANKS, Lindsey - I'm so glad to know you enjoyed those too. Hope you get Heartless under your tree. It's beautiful in person. :)

      Merry Christmas and thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  7. I have Three Dark Crowns on my list too! I just ordered Heartless. I'm excited to read it soon. Happy holidays!

    My Top Ten

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    1. *high five* Yay for shared picks. Here's hoping we both get 'Crowns' soon, and most of all, that we enjoy! Also, 2017 is so going to be the year we all read Heartless, right!? :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Lori. Merry Christmas!

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  8. Great list! I have Heartless on my list too! It sounds so good! My mom told me she got me an Amazon gift card as part of my Christmas present so I am definitely going to pick up that one after the holidays.

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    1. YES! I love that Heartless is getting so much book love in this post. Hope we all enjoy it. Gift cards are THE best. Love 'em - and in reality, I like them as well if not more than an actual gift to open. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Julie.

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  9. I love the graphics you made for this!!

    Crooked Kingdom is at the top my TBR list too - I'm actually pretty excited that it's a duet and not a trilogy for once which means I need to get to it sooner since it's a series ender! And I've been wanting to read Kendare Blake for AGES - all of her work seems so different from all of her other work which is really impressive.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. They were lots of fun. :)

      I agree. Sometimes a series drags on longer than it should when in reality it might have been told more efficiently in two books. I didn't realize Kendare had written books prior to 'Crowns,' but I've seen her earlier books before this, and am now all the more curious to read her stories. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  10. I love your blog! I love how you did the covers in the trees!
    I hope you get everything in your list!
    My TTT.

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    1. Thank you, Mariela. I appreciate you being a reader/visitor and comment-er. Always so much fun to chat with fellow book aficionados. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting. :)

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  11. Although it didn't make my top ten list, Six Crows was one of the titles I gave my husband that I want for Christmas. Once I read that, I'm sure I'll be begging for Crooked Kingdom (if I don't get it myself). I haven't yet read Meyer either, although I definitely plan to this coming year.

    I hope you are able to get many, if not all of these! Have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank goodness I'm not the ONLY one who has yet to read a novel by Marissa. :) Often times I feel like I am. Hope you get Six of Crows and enjoy it. With all the hype, I feel like it has no choice BUT to be amazing. :)

      Thanks for visiting - and you too! Merry Christmas. :)

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  12. I just ordered A Shadow Bright and Burning! It looks awesome.
    Beth's book looks great too.
    I had a hard with this list too, since I already have tons of books I want to read that I have on my kindle or bookshelf. After a bit of digging though, I managed to fill my list. ;)

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    1. Ahhh! I'll be curious to know what you think once you read it, Amanda. :) It sure does; Beth always writes wonderful stories.

      Your dilemma is one I'm all too familiar with! I have SO many unread books on my shelf. Though I am - in shock? surprise? awe? - currently "out" of any review books that I requested or accepted, so yeah, that's a BIG thing for me. I'm enjoying it and reading some of the books on my shelf to close the year out. So much fun! :)

      (Of course, if we dig long enough, we can always find books, right!?)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  13. Oh I loved Three Dark Crowns! I hope you get all the books you want, but especially that one!

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    1. YAY! Thanks, Alison. I cannot wait. :) Glad you visited.

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  14. I hope you receive all the books on your list this year. Happy holidays!!

    Here's my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/12/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-i-wouldnt.html

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    1. Thanks! You too. Hope you get all the books on your wish list. :)

      Thanks for visiting, and merry Christmas.

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  15. I own three dark crowns but still need to read it it's sounds really good though. I hope you get some of the books on your list.

    Megan @reading away the days

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    1. It really does, Megan! And thanks. You too. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by.

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  16. Awesome list! I've already bought Hearltess, so I'm definitely going to read that soon!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. YAY! Hope you enjoy, Ronyell. :) Thanks so much for visiting and for the follow.

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  17. I need pretty much all of these! :)

    Check out my TTT and my current giveaways.

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    1. Right!? We're proud and avid book lovers! :) Thanks so much for visiting, Lauren.

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  18. Ooooh these are GREAT choices! I looooooved Three Dark Crowns, Crooked Kingdom, and The Crown's Game! So I definitely would recommend any of those to show up under your tree ;) I also really want to read A Shadow Bright and Burning too! I hope that you (eventually!) get all of your wishes!! I feel you about it being harder to come up with a list lately too- but I suppose we will manage ;)

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    1. So excited, Shannon - I saw 'Dark Crowns' at the bookstore today, but didn't pick it up. Why I don't know. I am so hoping to like Leigh's books too, and since I hear so many great things, I suspect I will. :)

      Just found A Shadow Bright and Burning on my porch this afternoon (for review), so I'm looking forward to reading it.

      I suppose we will indeed - perhaps we'll finally start reading the books already on our shelves, right!? :)

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