Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Christmas List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about the books I want for Christmas. I don’t know if I’ll be getting any of these, but I can always cross my fingers and hope I’m on Santa’s “Nice” list.

πŸŽ„ Books On My Christmas List πŸŽ„

1. The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood & Renee Nault

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.

Provocative, startling, prophetic, The Handmaid's Tale
has long been a global phenomenon. With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood's modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renee Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.

2. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale #2)

Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

3. Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell

In "Bog Girl," a young man falls in love with a two thousand year old girl that he's extracted from a mass of peat in a Northern European bog. In "The Prospectors," two opportunistic young women fleeing the depression strike out for new territory and find themselves fighting for their lives. In the brilliant, hilarious title story, a new mother desperate to ensure her infant's safety strikes a diabolical deal, agreeing to breastfeed the devil in exchange for his protection.

4. The Toll by Neal Shusterman (Arc of a Scythe #3)

It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

5. Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

6. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (Simon Snow #2)

The story is supposed to be over.

Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after.

So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?

What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light.

That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.

They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place.

7. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Leaving your house in the middle of the night.
Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she's just as scared as you.

Starting a new school, making friends.
Seeing how happy it makes your mother.
Hearing a voice, calling out to you.

Following the signs, into the woods.
Going missing for six days.
Remembering nothing about what happened.

Something that will change everything.
And having to save everyone you love.

8. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn's luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the '80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn's story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways.

9. The 57 Bus: A True Story Of Two Teenagers And The Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

10. Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok (Spectacle #1)

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day's new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered—from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie's search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie's strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer's identity—and she'll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

πŸŽ… Which books are on your holiday wish list? 🀢


  1. Yay, Evelyn Hugo! Loved that one. Dry was a good read, too, and I'm hoping to get to the Scythe series in 2020.

  2. We don't do the Christmas gift thing now so nothing under my non existant tree! I might treat myself to a couple of books in January as a New Year gift to myself but I haven't decided. I hope Santa brings you a few books!

  3. I would love Santa to leave Dry under my Christmas tree (well, my cats won the battle against the Christmas tree, but I do have a fireplace and Santa could definitely leave the book there). I hope to read Spectacle soon.

    Merry Christmas!
    TΓ’nia @MyLovelySecret

  4. Ahh yay Evelyn Hugo, so happy to see it on that list. I hope you'll get a chance to read it soon :D

  5. I hope you find one under your tree.
    Merry Christmas 🌟

  6. I've heard oodles of good things about Seven Husbands. And, look, a graphic novel of Handmaid's Tale. Wow.

  7. I hope you get them all! Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays!

  8. Great list! Spectacle sounds amazing - I love anything set in Paris. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  9. I really want to read Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell. I've heard such good things about her short fiction.

  10. I have Imaginary Friend but I still need to read it!
    Merry Christmas. :)


  11. I have heard good things about Karen Russell’s short stories. Have a Merry Christmas.


  12. You need that Evelyn Hugo book. It's so good!

  13. My daughter was just waxing poetic about the Scythe series the other day. She is trying to convince her book club to read it. Hope you find some of these under the tree.

  14. I have no interest in these books but I hope you'll get them and enjoy them.

    Have a lovely holiday.

  15. I hope Santas will grant all your wishes AJ!

  16. Orange World sounds great, and I've had my eye on Imaginary friend for a while now. The 57 Bus has piqued my interest, too. Thanks for sharing your list! πŸ‘✨

    Merry Christmas to you, your mom and sister, and sweet little Brooklyn. πŸŽ„

  17. Spectacle was excellent. I can't wait to read the sequel. :)

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  18. I really loved Evelyn Hugo. Yes, it was/is insanely hyped, but for me it was one of those rare occasions where it actually lived up to the hype.

  19. I have Evelyn Hugo to read on my shelf and a promise that I'll absolutely read it in 2020. I hope you get all the books!

  20. I hope you found at least a few of these under your tree! Our Robin loved Carry On, and is looking forward to reading Wayward Son. (I still need to read Fangirl.)

  21. Replies
    1. Nope, I didn’t get The Toll. I did get Dry, Imaginary Friend, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and Spectacle.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

  22. The Toll is an excellent book, and while the above comment says you didn't get it, well, you got other books on the list, so yeah! I've been meaning to read Dry, it sounds really fantastic! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!