10 Books I Would LOVE Under My Christmas Tree

Usually, I don’t ask for books for Christmas because I typically end up purchasing them for myself anyways — as I usually have a specific edition in mind and it’s devastating sometimes to get the wrong one (I am such a drama queen, FYI) like if you ask for the Hunger Games and instead of the original cover, you get the movie cover. Sigh. THIS YEAR THOUGH, I actually did ask for books for presents, as I sent my parents my Amazon wishlist which is comprised of all books.

Without further prattling, here’s the top 10 books I would freakin’ love Santa Claus to bring me, if he has time, of course. If not, it’s cool Santa, I’ll end up buying these for myself anyway.

1. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang

Level Up Gene Luen Yang Book Cover

Why?: This book has been on my Amazon wishlist for pretty much forever. I want it because I loved American Born Chinese. I collect graphic novels. And hello, video games are THE BEST!

2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Folio Society Edition)

To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee Folio Society Cover

Why?: I collect various editions of To Kill A Mockingbird — so far I have 3 copies. This edition is gorgeous and I just want it on my shelf to look at. It’s got such a vintage/classic feel.

3. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (the hardcover green mountains edition)

The Hobbit JRR Tolkien Book Cover Misty Mountains Version

Why?: I already own two versions of The Hobbit — a mass market paperback edition and the audio book through Audible. I love the way this cover looks and honestly, I would love to have it as a replacement for my mass market, which I could then pass on to a friend.

4. Touch Of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Touch Of Power Maria V Snyder Book Cover

Why?: Y’all, I am a total Maria V. Snyder fangirl, so I kind of feel like an awful fan because I haven’t read this book yet, nor do I have it on my shelves. On the upside, it isn’t too terribly expensive. PLUS OMG ALL OF MY FRIENDS WHO HAVE READ IT LOVE IT. And I’m a lemming — if my friends like something, I will usually end up liking it too.

5. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Wanderlove, Kirsten Hubbard, Book Cover

Why?: Oh you guys, this was one of my first books read this year and I just want to hug it and proclaim it’s praises to all. Yet, I feel like a fraud because I have not yet purchased a copy for my bookshelf. Maybe Santa will buy me a copy?

6. Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge

Fly By Night Frances Hardinge Book Cover

Why?: Okay, so I probably should have read this book before reading Fly Trap which I fell utterly in love with. Anyways, Fly By Night comes before Fly Trap and it’s got characters that I already love and it is thick and glorious and of the middle grade genre and I’d just love to finally own a copy and read this!

7. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken Sarah Rees Brennan Book Cover

Why?: This is another of those times where I fail as a blogger, especially because I was approved for this on Netgalley way back when but I never read it because there wasn’t a netgalley send to kindle version and I suck at reading books on my desktop. I KNOW I KNOW. And I really want to read this book FINALLY and so perhaps Santa will see fit to set a certain pink covered book under my tree?

8. The Isle Of Blood by Rick Yancey

The Isle Of Blood Rick Yancey Book Cover

Why?: I loved the first two Monstrumologist books and feel that they are very underrated and are pretty much the perfect reads for horror aficionados young and old. So, because this green covered beauty doesn’t live in my collection yet, I might as well cross my fingers and hope it’ll end up there soon!

9. A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer's Nightmare Kody Keplinger Book Cover

Why?: So, Christina at A Reader Of Fictions has recommended this book to me and I trust her recommendations without question because she’s read like a million books and usually her taste is good. PLUS THERE ARE SEXYTIMES and they aren’t gross. AND the main character is snarky. Count me in, yo. Ya heard, Santa?

10. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer Morgan Matson Book Cover

Why?: I was head over heels in love with the audiobook of Amy And Roger’s Epic Detour and you know this is an odd habit but, I wanted to listen to Second Chance Summer via audio and just my luck it looks like there isn’t an audiobook forthcoming because the world does not always do what I want. SO, I suppose I’ll have to read this the old fashioned way via print. However, Santa Claus, if you are truly magical you will conjure me an audiobook version of this, preferably narrated by Emma Galvin.

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  1. 1. I also want to read this. Heck yes, nerdy graphic novel! I do not collect graphic novels, though, because they’re so expensive and so short. O_O I have Watchmen, though, so bare minimum fandom accomplished.

    2. GORGEOUS. I wish we had still awesome hardbacks, rather than the dust jackets.

    3. Love. I have that one! A mass market size, though. I totally passed on my copy for that one. lol.

    4. I’ve heard it’s not as good as her other books, but I love it anyway!

    5. OMG, everyone freaking loves this, and I need to get this.

    6. I have not seen this cover before, and cannot decide if I like it better.

    7. I won an ARC of this one from Random Buzzers!

    9. YAY! READ IT!

    10. OMG, I heard there was epic sexual tension in Amy and Roger’s and I now want to read all of her books. Also, I thought this would be fluffy, but then I saw it someone’s book haul and it’s massive, presumably because of all of the FEELS inside.

  2. I’ve heard great things about Level Up. I can’t wait to get to it. I still haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird even though I own it. What kind of reader am I? I have to fix that soon. A Midsummer’s Nightmare is also on my Top Ten this week. Great choices! 🙂

  3. I think I’d be happy to receive any of these because they all have such pretty covers! You’re going to have one good-looking bookshelf after Christmas!

  4. Oh, I LOVED Second Chance Summer. That book had me bawling towards the end, and I am totally not ashamed to admit it! I hope you get a chance to read it soon.

    Also, that edition of The Hobbit is GORGEOUS.

  5. Unbroken is definitely an interesting read! I started it but never managed to finish it because so many other things came up. I definitely plan on reading it in the future though. And Touch of Power is SO GOOD! Loved that one 🙂 Hope Santa is good to you this year!

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  6. Oooo, I forgot to put UNSPOKEN on my list!

  7. I just got the particular edition of The Hobbit that you mentioned and it is so, so pretty. I adore it. I have Unspoken on my TBR pile but just haven’t read it yet.

    I’ve never heard of Fly by Night but it sounds amazing!

    And you have to pick up Second Chance Summer! I completely adored that book.

  8. Um… why is Carla on the cover of TOUCH OF POWER? Why has she not told everyone she’s a COVER GIRL? Am I the only one seeing how awesome the resemblance is between Carla and this girl on the cover?

    As much as I am a Maria Snyder fan, I purposely didn’t pick this up because it sounded way too similar to The Healing Wars trilogy by Janice Hardy (which is an awesome MG series, if you haven’t read it already). But I might have to get it now because Carla is on the COVER! 😉

  9. Nice selection! I hope you get many of these for Christmas 😀

  10. HELL YEAH to that cover of The Hobbit!

  11. Oh I hope you get Unspoken! It’s so good.

    Love the pretty editions I see on this list as well.

  12. Just had to leave a comment to say your taste in books is awesome, April! But you knew that already. I hope you enjoy Unspoken. It’s bad-ass. 🙂

  13. Like you, I tend to buy the books that I want. But it is always nice to make a list and put some important books into perspective!

    Yay for Second Chance Summer and Wanderlove. I feel like those are two books you need in hardcover on your bookshelf for sure. (As long as your bookshelf isn’t caving in. haha)

    I hope Santa is super good to you this year!


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