Top Ten Tuesday #138


Hi everyone! Only six days to go until Christmas, how excited is everyone? I know I’m incredibly excited. I’m actually writing this post ahead of time as when you all read this, I will be having fun with my friends from home, Hannah and Zoe as they’ll be in Scotland for our annual Christmas meet-up, I can’t wait to see them, I haven’t seen them since I left for Uni in September, so it will be great to catch-up!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday (well Saturday, but it will be Tuesday when you all read this!), I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week, given that it’s so close to Christmas, we’re talking about the Top Ten Books We’d Love Santa To Bring Us. Now in my house Santa tends not bring books, in fact Santa tells me frequently throughout the year that I have too many books (no such thing) so this list is more wishful thinking, but if Santa were to bring me books, this is what I’d want:

  1. Alex and Eliza-Melissa De La Cruz

Given that I have been on a super Hamilton kick this year (and last year, but I actually have the soundtrack now, so I’ve been playing it obsessively since October), I would definitely love it if Santa were to bring this YA version of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler’s love story.

2. Talking As Fast As I Can-Lauren Graham

Being the massive Gilmore Girls obsessive that I am, I would be very happy if Santa brought me Lauren Graham’s autobiography for Christmas.

3. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue-Mackenzi Lee

I have been hearing such amazing things about this book since its release in June, a historical romp around Europe with excellent LGBTQ+ rep (as far as I’ve heard)? Sign me the hell up! Hopefully Santa sees this and decides to finally let me jump on the Gentleman’s Guide bandwagon.

4. Stalking Jack The Ripper-Kerri Maniscalo

Not very Christmassy I know, but you have history, you have murder, you have a society girl being rebellious, basically everything about this book screams Jo and I would love it if Santa was kind enough to bring it to me.

5. An Enchantment of Ravens-Margaret Rogerson

This sounds like a very different kind of faerie story, plus that cover is to die for! I would love it if I found this under the tree on Christmas Day.

6. A Shadow Bright and Burning-Jessica Cluess

Victorian? Magic? Fiery girls? There is not one single thing that I’ve heard about this book that doesn’t tick some Jo box or another, so if Santa really loves me then this might be under the tree at Christmas.

7. The Star Touched Queen-Roshani Chokshi

This story just sounds absolutely beautiful and so different to anything I’ve ever read before, it’s apparently a mix of Indian and Greek mythology, which sounds so gorgeous and wonderful and I just need this in my life right now, okay Santa?

8. The Book Jumper-Mechtchild Glaser

This book is set in Scotland people! SCOTLAND. More books need to be set in Scotland okay? Anyway, this story is about a book jumper, a girl who can jump into stories and interact with the worlds inside and how amazing does that sound? What do I have to sell in order to get that power? Seriously. I’ll do it. Anyway, Santa if you could bring me this so I can figure out how to become a book jumper myself, that would be awesome!

9. Truthwitch-Susan Dennard

I know how much this book is loved and I’ve still yet to read it! It sounds so good but for some reason whenever I pick this book up in Waterstones, I never buy it. Maybe if Santa brings it for me, it will be the push I need to finally read it!

10. The Wish Granter-CJ Redwine

This is a Rumplestiltskin retelling and I’ve never read one of those before, but I really want to as I love the story of Rumplestiltskin and it’s something I don’t think I’ve seen a YA retelling of before. I would be very happy if Santa brought me this on Christmas Day.

So there we go, the books that I hope Santa brings me! Santa isn’t going to though, Santa spends the year complaining about the fact that I have too many books, so I’m doubting that Santa will be getting me more. However, Santa does bring money/gift cards, so guess what I’ll be doing after Christmas? Yup, buying some of these books! What are you hoping that Santa brings? Does your Santa spend the year complaining that you have too many books like mine does? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s TTT is the last of 2017, can you believe it? I certainly can’t! Anyway, next week, we’ll be looking forward to 2018 and talking about the Top Ten Books We’re Looking Forward To In 2018.

My friends will be leaving tomorrow, but my family is going to be arriving for Christmas at the end of the week, so I’m not sure how much I will get done before then (my sister arrives on Thursday and parents on Friday). I’m hoping to get up my review of The Crown’s Fate and maybe a discussion post before Christmas, though that might be overly ambitious!

86 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #138

  1. anovelglimpse 19/12/2017 / 3:24 am

    I hope you get Alex & Eliza. I loved that book!

  2. Steph 19/12/2017 / 3:53 pm

    Fab list! I forgot to add An Enchantment of Ravens! It has such a gorgeous cover too. I have Truthwitch, but haven’t got round to reading it yet. Fingers crossed you get most of them, if not all of them! Merry Christmas!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 6:13 pm

      Thank you! It does have such a gorgeous cover. Oh I hope you enjoy it. I probably won’t tbh, my mum is always telling me how I have to many books, so I don’t think “Santa” will get me any of these, but hopefully she’ll get me money instead, so I can buy them! Merry Christmas to you too πŸ™‚

  3. Sumedha 19/12/2017 / 5:30 pm

    I really liked A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Star-Touched Queen! I’m sure you’ll love them!
    And, unpopular opinion maybe but, I didn’t like Truthwitch? I don’t know. I hope you like it, though!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 6:09 pm

      That’s great to hear! I’ve heard really good things about both and they’re both very “my kind” of books, so I’m pretty confident I’ll like them. Fair enough, I have heard mixed things about it! I hope I like it too πŸ™‚

  4. jessicacrafts 19/12/2017 / 5:58 pm

    I know what you mean about truthwitch. It sounds really good but whenever I read the blurb I’m like…… I think it’s because I’ve heard quite a lot of mixed reviews for it. Some absolutely love it and others don’t like it at all! But I recently got a free copy from the newsletter so I’ll get around to reading it at some point!
    Also I’ve never heard of that rumplestiltskin (okay I know I spelt that wrong!) retelling. It sounds really interesting. I’ll have to check it out.

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 6:07 pm

      I’m glad you understand! It’s weird, I keep picking it up and it’s like yeah I need to read this, but then for some reason put it straight back again. Let me know how you like it when you read it. Yeah, it does sound cool doesn’t it? I hope you enjoy it if you try it!

  5. Helia Reads 19/12/2017 / 6:04 pm

    I really liked The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I hope you do too!

  6. Greg Hill 19/12/2017 / 7:05 pm

    Truthwitch and An Enchantment of Ravens both look great. Love that cover of Ravens. Stalking Jack the Ripper looks great too.

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 5:09 pm

      I think so too! Yes, Ravens has a gorgeous cover. Doesn’t it though?

  7. lindseyhabets 19/12/2017 / 7:30 pm

    So many great choices! An Enchantment of Ravens made my list as well and I loved The Gentleman’s Guide and Stalking Jack The Ripper. Hope you’ll find some of these under your Christmas tree. Happy Holidays!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 5:09 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad to hear you loved those. I’m not sure I will, but I will definitely be buying them if I get any money. Thanks πŸ™‚

  8. flippingthruthepages 20/12/2017 / 2:31 am

    Great list! Therr are so many books on your list that I want to read too 😊 And I am a huge fan of Gilmore Girls and Lauren Graham and I would love to get her book πŸ˜ƒ

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you! Great minds clearly think alike πŸ™‚ Ah same!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 5:05 pm

      Thank you! Everyone has loved it so much that I’m sure I will too πŸ™‚

  9. laurenisreadingblog 20/12/2017 / 1:01 pm

    So many great books! I hope you at least get some money for a few of them. 😊 I’ve only read An Enchantment of Ravens, and it was so good!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 5:05 pm

      Thank you! I hope so too. That’s great to hear πŸ™‚

  10. ravishingtales 20/12/2017 / 1:56 pm

    Haven’t read any of the books on your list but I hope you get them!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you! I probably won’t get them on actual Christmas but I will keep them in mind for any giftcards/money I might get to go towards!

  11. Lena @ The Printed Girl 20/12/2017 / 2:16 pm

    The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue is really good! It’s so different and I enjoyed it so much! I hope you get all your books this year!
    great post!

  12. Reading Bliss 20/12/2017 / 3:22 pm

    I literally only started watching Gilmore Girls a month ago (yes, I’m slow, I know) and now I’m HOOKED!!! I hope the autobiography is good – if so, I might just ask for it next year myself πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 5:02 pm

      That’s great to hear, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I hope so too πŸ™‚

  13. Red House Reviews 20/12/2017 / 3:55 pm

    Oh I forgot to put Lauren Graham’s book on my list. Thank you for the reminder. πŸ™‚
    Hope you get some fun books for Christmas and happy holidays to you.

  14. beckmank 20/12/2017 / 5:27 pm

    I want to read Alex & Eliza too! I love all things Hamilton. I have copies of Talking as Fast as I Can and The Gentleman’s Guide, I hope Santa will bring me some extra time so I can read them. πŸ™‚ Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2017 / 6:15 pm

      Yay, another Hamilton addict! I would love some extra time as well, that would be really nice πŸ™‚ Thank you!

      • beckmank 20/12/2017 / 8:35 pm

        Have you read Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter? The photography is gorgeous.

      • iloveheartlandx 21/12/2017 / 12:15 am

        I haven’t no, but I would love to! My friend has it, I’m going to have to borrow it from her.

  15. Ashley Sapp 20/12/2017 / 6:26 pm

    So many great books on your list! The Book Jumper sounds fantastic! Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

  16. Beth (Reading Every Night) 20/12/2017 / 8:18 pm

    Oh these are some incredible books, and hopefully you’ll see them all under your Christmas tree as well. I’ve read and really really loved The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Star-Touched Queen so I really hope you love them as well, they’re both incredible books in my opinion! πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 21/12/2017 / 12:18 am

      That’s great to hear! I’m not sure I will, but I will definitely spend any money I get for Christmas on some of these. I’ve heard such good things about both and they seem right up my alley, so the odds are good!

      • Beth (Reading Every Night) 21/12/2017 / 6:55 am

        Oh I do that too, any books I want but don’t get for Christmas are brought with my Christmas money! πŸ˜€

  17. allthebookblognamesaretaken 20/12/2017 / 8:49 pm

    I’ve seen ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ on quite a few lists and am intrigued by it. Great list, hope you get all the books you want!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/12/2017 / 12:14 am

      Yes, it seems I’m not the only one who’d like Santa to bring it! Thank you πŸ™‚

  18. elenalove97 20/12/2017 / 9:00 pm

    Most of these books have been on my wishlist for ages! The only one I’ve actually picked up is Truthwitch but, unfortunately, I had to DNF it because I wasn’t enjoying it at all. I have read a book by C.J. Redwine but, wasn’t even aware of The Wish Granter. Definitely sounds right up my alley and it’s going into that extremely long wishlist of mine. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Elena @ Book Lady’s Reviews

    • iloveheartlandx 21/12/2017 / 12:13 am

      Oh really? Great minds clearly think alike! Oh that’s such a shame to hear, I hope I like it more. I have her other book in that series, The Shadow Queen but I haven’t read it yet. Thank you, I hope you do too.

  19. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer 20/12/2017 / 9:19 pm

    So many great books on this list! β™₯️ A Shadow Bright and Burning Is one I still need to check out… I agree it checks all sorts of must have boxes!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/12/2017 / 12:10 am

      Thank you! Yes, it sounds completely brilliant doesn’t it?

  20. Louise 20/12/2017 / 10:20 pm

    I want to read the Gentleman’s Guide so badly! Hopefully I’ll get to next year 😊

    • iloveheartlandx 21/12/2017 / 12:10 am

      Me too! I hope so as well, got to get my hands on a copy first though πŸ™‚

  21. Books Like Wolves 21/12/2017 / 12:04 am

    The Gentleman’s Guide was SO good! And the cover is gorgeous, so you will definitely enjoy having it in your hands. The humor, settings, and the CHARACTERS are precious! I see SO MANY beautiful things on this list! I would honestly die to get any of these for Christmas!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/12/2017 / 12:09 am

      That’s great to hear! I literally have not heard a bad word about it since it came out so I’m really excited to finally get to it. Nothing I love more than a very pretty cover. I do love a book with lots of humour, so I’m very pleased to hear that. Aww thank you! So would I!

  22. Mallory 21/12/2017 / 2:56 am

    I’m the same with Truthwitch! I think I’ve checked it out from the library twice and never got to it πŸ™‚ Also want to check out Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Starcrossed Queen. Hope Santa comes through for you!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/12/2017 / 10:01 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! Oh cool, hope we both enjoy them! Thanks. I don’t know if Santa will bring the actual books for me, but I usually get some money so I can buy them.

  23. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 21/12/2017 / 4:32 am

    “in fact Santa tells me frequently throughout the year that I have too many books”

    LMAO! I hope Santa surprises you pleasantly, because this is a fantastic list – especially An Enchantment of Ravens, which I will probably never stop raving about and drooling over. ❀ Happy holidays!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/12/2017 / 8:48 am

      Haha it’s true! For some reason, Santa takes issue with me having books covering every surface…..I really don’t know why. Thank you, I would love it if that happened! I’m so glad to hear you loved An Enchantment of Ravens. Happy holidays to you too!

  24. Erica Mae 21/12/2017 / 3:28 pm

    Great list! I’d love to have them too and I hope you get it this Christmas! πŸ™‚

  25. lalafulton 21/12/2017 / 5:10 pm

    Oh I can’t wait to hear if you like Alex & Eliza!! I love Hamilton so much but I thought that the book might be…weird? IDK but if you like it maybe I’ll read it too!!
    May you get all the books of your dreams!!!!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/12/2017 / 5:27 pm

      I will let you know when I read it. Yes it might be, but I’m hoping not. Thank you!

  26. Kyra 21/12/2017 / 6:48 pm

    The Star-Touched Queen is SO GOOD. I loveeee the way the author writes!

    I hope you get some of the books on your list! ❀

    My TTT post!

  27. wulfluva 22/12/2017 / 12:03 am

    I’m reading Truthwitch right now. It’s pretty good. It had a slow start, but I’m enjoying it now.

    I hope Santa brings you all of the books on your list. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for visiting Shell’s Stories!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/12/2017 / 5:26 pm

      I’m glad to hear that, and will note the slow start when I come to it. Thank you! No problem πŸ™‚

  28. lenoreo 22/12/2017 / 4:52 am

    I’ve heard great things about A Gentleman’s Guide!! I hope you love it!! And Book Jumper sounds amazing!!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/12/2017 / 5:25 pm

      Me too! I hope so, it sounds right up my street, so I have high hopes. It does right?

  29. Curly Carla 23/12/2017 / 12:17 am

    I LOVE fairy take retellings! The Wish Granter sounds awesome!

  30. Annemieke 23/12/2017 / 7:11 pm

    Aaaw I hope you will get at least one book from Santa. πŸ˜‰ The Gentleman’s Guide was one of my favorites this year!

  31. Rissi 23/12/2017 / 9:32 pm

    YAYYAYYAY for “Gilmore Girls.” One of my favorite shows – so of course, someday I must read Lauren’s book. Also, ‘Ravens’ is on my list this week too.

    Happy reading and hope Santa sees your list. πŸ™‚

  32. Melissa R. (@WriterGrrlReads) 27/12/2017 / 5:22 am

    Lots of great books on your list! I don’t know if you’re an audio fan, but Gentlemen’s Guide is absolutely FABULOUS on audio — the narrator is Tom Riddle from the Harry Potter movies!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks! I used to read audiobooks a lot as a kid, haven’t done it so much recently, but might have to check out the Gentleman’s Guide audio then.

  33. Wendy Runyon 27/12/2017 / 8:12 pm

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas, Jo! So many of these books are on my wish list as well! I hope you receive some for the holidays, if not all!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/12/2017 / 12:59 pm

      Aww thank you, yes I did. I only got one of these for Christmas, but I have money to buy more if I want, so best of both worlds πŸ™‚ I hope you got some great books for Christmas also!

  34. novelcravings 29/12/2017 / 6:52 am

    I cannot recommend Truthwitch enough! I hope Santa brought it to you. The Star Touched Queen is one I haven’t gotten to yet and plan to in 2018, I bought a copy recently so hopefully, that gives me the push I need.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/12/2017 / 2:57 pm

      Sadly Santa did not, however I did get some money I can buy it with, so silver linings! I hope you enjoy The Star Touched Queen πŸ™‚

      • novelcravings 30/12/2017 / 9:13 am

        Same here, my family rarely buys me books. Happy Holidays!

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