Top Ten Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree

One of my goals (resolutions?) for 2020 is to do more discussion/meme/tag content posts, so I don’t get stuck in the Review Rut. And what better way to spark some inspiration that by participating in Top Ten Tuesday?! Hosted by the lovely Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, so go check it out if you haven’t yet.

I don’t really get books for Christmas from my family, as they’re under some bizarre impression that I have “enough” books, or even (blasphemy!) “too many” books. (As if that’s a thing that can be a thing.) THANKFULLY, I participate in the #otspsecretsister and #tbtbsanta exchanges, and I have some lovely bookish friends online who have sent me some books as gifts this Christmas. 🙂 Ahhh, thank goodness for other booknerds who understand that it’s not hoarding if it’s books… ANYWAY, some books I’d really love to see under my tree this year:

10. Winter Witch (Pathfinder Tales) by Elaine Cunningham

With the new edition of Pathfinder coming out soon, I’m interested in reading more of the stories set in that world. Who knows, maybe I’ll even DM a campaign sometime in 2020! I liked Elaine Cunningham’s Starlight & Shadows series set in the Forgotten Realms world, and hellooo, it’s winter right now, so of course I want to read about a Winter Witch!

9. The Waters and the Wild by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edgehill

I really really REALLY love a lot of Mercedes Lackey’s older stuff, but haven’t loved her latest Valedemar books or the most recent Elemental Masters books. I haven’t read any of the Bedlam’s Bard books, and with an upcoming seafaring/nautical D&D campaign starting in January it just seems like a good time to read an urban fantasy novel about something that lurks in the deeps… Plus, just LOOK at that beasty on the cover! What even is that? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!

8. My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh

I recently read an egalley of this book, and it might be my favorite book of 2019. (I’ll have to review my notes of all my faves, but this one is at least my most RECENT fave, ok?) This book is SO AMAZING, and it would be a lot higher up the list except I did *just* read it so I won’t likely require a reread for at least another few months. But I WILL need several rereads of this book, because the nerdlove is just so PURE and so POWERFUL, nngh. Okay, moving on.

Winterdream: A Retelling of The Nutcracker by [Gadoury, Chantal]7. Winterdream by Chantal Goudery

I love fairy tale retellings, especially of tales we don’t see as much. There are a billion Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast retellings, but how often do you see a Nutcracker story? Just from the blurb this sounds enchanting, and the cover is weird and gorgeous. If I found this under my tree on Christmas morning, I would proooobably neglect my actual plans and responsibilities for the rest of the day to read it on Christmas day, haha.

Oxford Children's Classics: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass6.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (Oxford Children’s Classics edition)

I collect copies of Alice in Wonderland (and alllll of the Alice in Wonderland merch, mwahahaha) and my Alice collection actually spans two shelves in my fancy books-for-display bookcase in my bedroom (along with a cute teapot and a bunch of assorted Alice-y trinkets). I love the cover on this one, and it absolutely wants to come home with me and be face out on the shelf for asthetic purposes…

5. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Word Cloud Classics edition)

I collect different editions of Sense and Sensibility (and to be honest it’s turning into a collection of all of Austen’s works… oops) and I adore this Word Cloud Classics edition. It would look so lovely with my other half a dozen or so copies of this book, sitting on my special S&S cubey shelf… I have the Word Cloud Classics of one of Austen’s other books (Persuasion, maybe? I can’t recall) and the quality is just SO nice.

Alice - Henry, Christina4.  Alice by Christina Henry (UK Cover)

OK, OK, I’m a BIT of a cover snob, and I haven’t read any of Christina Henry’s retellings of Alice or Peter Pan or any of them because I *hate* the US covers. But I’ve heard really good things and want to read it, and the UK covers are SO pretty. Yes, yes, I’m aware that they’re the exact same book inside the covers, but still! I weirdly refuse to read these books unless they’re the UK covers, and for some reason have even developed a block against reading the Kindle edition in which I never need to look at the cover! (I’m weird, I know.)

3. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

It’s a fantasy romance about a gumiho set in Seoul. And it has goblins in it. Yes, of course I want to read it. Why are we even still talking about this?
But seriously – I read a First Look at this on BookishFirst and was instantly addicted. I already know I like the writing style, and the premise of the story is awesome, so I’m pretty sure this will be a five star read for me – as soon as I get a copy in my hot little hands!

2. The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

OK, yes, I know, this one isn’t actually out yet. BUT, there are ARCs out there, so it’s POSSIBLE it could be under my Christmas tree! And my request on Edelweiss+ for an egalley is still epnding, so it’s possible that it could be approved on Christmas and that would be JUST LIKE finding this book under my tree! (I just want to read it SO BADLY!)


1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I just keep hearing amazing things about this book! And I jokingly swiped it from Annie at our #booksandbonfires weekend and started reading the first two pages while she frantically tried to remember where she put her book (…gosh, I’m really mean, haha) and, well, the joke is on my because two pages was all it took and now I NEED TO read this book! I honestly don’t even know what this book is about, because I’m scared if I read the back cover blurb its power will be too great and I’ll buy it, and I PROMISED I wouldn’t buy any more books until after Christmas.


And there you have it! What are the top books you hope to find under your tree?


5 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree

    1. It’s like “Excuse you, I’ll tell you when I have enough! Books please!” My family mostly gave me money this year, because they know I’m going to spend it on books but that way they’re not DIRECTLY supporting my “book habit,” lol!


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