Ten Books (or book-related items) I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree…

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

So this year I actually promised my family I wouldn’t put a single book on my wish-list – which I succeeded in (just about!) but that didn’t mean I couldn’t wish for plenty of book-related items and  Santa never told me not to wish for books. For this list I’ve settled on a mix of bookish paraphernalia and books.


So Many Books! Bookends

from http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West


Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two – now three – after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince’s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.

Illumicrate Subscription


Illumicrate is the subscription box for book lovers and I see it in my twitter feeds regularly…
More info at: http://www.illumicrate.com/

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin


Nell Crane has always been an outsider. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts—an arm, a leg, an eye—her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs everyone now uses. But Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. As her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society’s good . . . but how can Nell live up to her father’s revolutionary idea when she has none of her own?

Then she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach—the first boy’s hand she’s ever held—and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology? The deeper she sinks into this plan, the more she learns about her city—and her father, who is hiding secret experiments of his own.

Alice Cushion

from http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills


Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

‘Professional Bookworm’ Sign


from http://www.littlebookishgifts.co.uk

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil


Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She’s starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend Jesse dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it’s time to use The Formula for herself. She’ll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win Jesse back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she’s messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?

Reading Journal

from http://www.literaryemporium.co.uk

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner


Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara—part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.



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11 thoughts on “Ten Books (or book-related items) I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree…

  1. Illumicrate would be nice, some of those subscription services are awesome! I forgot about Manic Pixie but I’ve liked the Gretchen McNeil books I’ve read so maybe I should try that one. And bookends- there are some cool ones!

  2. Love this list. I promise you, I certainly wouldn’t be mad if someone wanted to buy me a bookish subscription box. I’ve wanted one for a while, but I can’t bring myself to purchase any of them. I love the “Professional Bookworm” sign and the books you’ve included are on my TBR as well. That reading journal looks like it would be really helpful for blogging. I might have to look into one of those!

    My TTT!

  3. I don’t think I’ve heard of a single one of the books you’ve got listed here, and they all sound so interesting! I hope you get some of these things under your tree 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. You’ve featured some great books on this list! I’ve been eyeing most of these for a long time, especially I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl. It sounds great, but the reviews haven’t been amazing so I’m not too sure about it :/ Hope you’ll have a great Christmas!
    Here’s my TTT!

  5. Everything on your list is so beautiful! I especially love that reading journal– it’s simple but perfect for what we bookish people need 🙂 Hope Santa brings you everything on your list!

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