Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
It’s almost Christmas and I’m more stressed than I thought I’d be, friends 🥲 Work has been insane at times and the wedding planning (and managing of people!!) has been less than stellar. All this to say it’s manifested into physiological anxiety symptoms this last few weeks with my heart that I fervently hope will go away (and stay away) soon.
This week’s TTT is about gift giving. I always found the kindness of absolute strangers but bonded through the love of reading is the most wonderful thing. I was fortunate enough to have experienced it once and it made my week.
I’m not feeling the best at the moment so I’ll post my Amazon wishlist here in case you wanted to take a look. Otherwise, here are the highlights of my list.
1. Box sets
Is it a wonder that anyone wouldn’t want a box set of beloved books together? Not only is it a complete collection of books you’ve enjoyed, but also (generally) at a slight discount than buying them separately. I’ve been eying the Stalking Jack the Ripper set for over a year now. I love mysteries and this series was the perfect mix of mystery and romance! Likewise, Love & Gelato and its companion novels have the best feel-good moments while taking you around the world to beautiful destinations to escape to.
2. Karen M. McManus books
She’s one of my autobuy authors and I’m missing The Cousins in my collection. I absolutely ADORED this book and felt it was as good as some of her earlier mysteries that set her apart in the YA mystery sphere.
3. Dark Academia
I’m pretty sure these two books were on my list last year but I’ve yet to get them. I’m so excited to for Hell Bent to be released but I want to reread Ninth House since it’s been so long. I’m also making my way through Naomi Novik’s The Scholomance series and want to complete my collection with its first book, A Deadly Education.
4. Fantasies that are hard to find
Both these books are sequels and conclusions to their respective series but it’s been so hard to find them available in my library. The only way to read them is to buy them and unfortunately I have to pick and choose sometimes which books to buy, especially when I really can’t afford to buy books much anymore.
5. Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka books
There’s just something about this husband-wife writing duo that makes me enjoy their writing (minus the one book I really didn’t like). I loved If I’m Being Honest and I want to reread it again due to how much I love it, and I can’t find their latest YA contemporary, With and Without You, readily accessible either. Would love to get my hands on these.
6. Feel-good contemporaries
These are books I wanna read or also reread because of my love for them. I get into contemporaries particularly when I’m stressed as they’re such comfort reads in my opinion.
7. Poetry is beautiful
Perhaps the most interesting of these choices, I’ve found some beautiful poets over the years whose work I have collected on my shelves. Atticus is obviously one of those poets and I’d love to get my hands on more of his work. Also, Rupi Kaur is a national treasure and I really need to build her collection too.
I hope this Christmas brings you joy and peace and rest. May we share in love this season, especially among strangers in this community who don’t really feel like strangers at all regardless of the lack of face-to-face connectivity.