This is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s challenge is Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings! I usually like to change the weekly prompt a little to make my post unique and challenging, but I decided to go with the actual prompt this time.
1. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
I’ve heard almost exclusively positive reviews for this book, and Melanie has raved about it and deemed it one of her favorite reads of the year, so naturally, I had to put it on my list. I actually asked my mom for the gorgeous UK hardback shown in the collage pic, so I’m hoping she ordered it! (Mom, if you’re reading this… I’m counting on you. *serious face*)
2. Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
This is another one that is very loved by a close friend of mine: Julie has been raving about this one ever since she got an ARC of it, and I am so excited to finally see how lovely it is for myself! (Melanie was so sweet and sent me a copy of this book for Christmas, so I’m hoping to start on it ASAP!)
3. The Call – Peadar Ó Guilín
This book is described as “a blend of fantasy, horror, and folklore”, and if that isn’t all of my aesthetics rolled into one, what is?
4. What to Say Next – Julie Buxbaum
This one has gotten pretty mixed reviews from my friends, but I loved her last YA release, Tell Me Three Things, so I’m really hoping I get this one and end up loving it, too.
5. The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
I’ve heard literally nothing but good reviews on N.K. Jemisin’s writing. I have several friends who sing her praises, including Melanie, whose raving about the end of this trilogy made me immediately send my fiance a link to the Amazon listing with the message, “Please get me this!”, lmao! <3
6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (illustrated ed.) – J.K. Rowling
I don’t own any of the illustrated HP books yet, but my fiance saw that it was on sale a few days ago and may have let slip that he ordered it for me. <3
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (illustrated ed.) – J.K. Rowling
Again, I don’t have any of these, but it was on sale, and a very sweet friend may or may not be sending me the first two books in illustrated format next month… <3 *all the heart eyes* I can’t wait to reread this series (again)!
8. Captive Prince – C.S. Pacat
I don’t know if you’re noticing a trend with the friend-recommended titles in this list, but Julie read this entire series last month (I think?) and raved about them, so I’m really excited to start on them.
9. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (box set) – Stephanie Perkins
I’ve only ever read the first PJO book (I know, *gasp*), but I own that entire series and really enjoyed the first one, so when I saw another Riordan series – and on sale for $13 for the hardcover box set?! – I had to ask for it.
10. When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
I wasn’t sure if I was going to read this one at all because it’s gotten such controversial reviews, but I had a coupon for $5 off a book order, and this was on sale for $4 and change, so… orders were placed, under the guise of Christmas gifts from my sweet Terry. <3
Lastly, of course, I have my amazon wishlist here, which I tend to send my loved ones with a “wink, wink, nudge, nudge” when they ask for ideas. 😉 Thankfully, my loved ones support my bookish habits.