Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Christmas List



I absolutely adore Christmas and everything relating to the holiday season, hence my excitement over this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year (AKA My Bookish Christmas List). There are so many amazing books on my TBR list that coming up with ten wasn’t at all challenging! My list includes:


The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis. I absolutely love Ellis’ book Founding Brothers, so I’m really looking forward to reading this new one. The lack of APUSH in my life needs to be remedied, and fast!

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now you probably know how much I love American history. When I first saw this book I realized two things: 1) that I don’t know nearly as much about Hamilton as I should/could and 2) THERE IS A MUSICAL CALLED HAMILTON. I need both of these things in my life, but for now I’ll start with this book.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I read this book last Christmas (click here to see review) and was awed by its beautiful writing and captivating, heart-wrenching story. Since I plan on rereading it many times in the future, I might as well own a copy, right?

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve heard only amazing things about Rainbow Rowell’s latest novel (shoutout to Hannah) and it’s been on my TBR list for what seems like eons. Simon and Baz’s story was one of my favorite parts of Fangirl, so I definitely have high hopes for this book!

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide. This short book, which has been translated into English from its original Japanese, is one that’s been on my radar for quite some time now. It seems like it’s a simple, beautiful, thought-provoking novel– at least, that’s what I’m hoping for!


The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life by Andy Miller. I saw this book on Goodreads a while ago and it’s been sitting on my figurative TBR shelf for longest time. I’ve never seen it in a library or bookstore in person, but I know Santa has his ways!

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Sometimes you just need a good sci-fi/dystopian classic to help you put things in perspective. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451  and George Orwell’s 1984 are perfect examples of novels that do this, and I’ve often seen Brave New World included among them.

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. This is a sequel to Life After Life that I absolutely must read. I’m pretty late with getting around to it– it was released  in May– but better late than never, right?

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. A post-apocalyptic setting mixed with Shakespeare? Sign me up! Again, I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time but just haven’t gotten a chance to.

The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr. It looks like Mr. Doerr has made this list twice! I love Doerr’s beautiful style of writing, and I’ve heard great things about this collection of short stories. Hopefully they can deliver the same amazing reading experience as All the Light We Cannot See.

What books are you hoping to find under your tree this holiday season? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!



28 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Christmas List”

    1. It sounds like such a good read! I’ve never read anything like it before, so I thought that it would be something different to try out. Thanks for commenting! 🙂


  1. I keep thinking about getting Station Eleven! I think I might just have to get it from the library! Such a great list you have! Here’s my TTT for the week. Merry Christmas!


    1. If I don’t end up getting/buying Station Eleven soon then I’ll probably do the same thing and just borrow it from the library- it’s been on my TBR list for far too long! Thanks, Merry Christmas to you as well! 🙂

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  2. I ALSO LOVE AMERICAN HISTORY! Although I’m not particularly well-read on it yet, because I keep picking up classics or Gone with the Wind. 🙂 You’ve read the McCullough bio on John Adams, right? One of the best books I’ve ever read. Happy 2016!

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    1. Woo hoo another American history lover! So many of my friends prefer learning about European history, but I think American history is much more interesting. Maybe it’s because I live in the US so I can relate to it more than European history? Whatever the reason, it’s always been my favorite to learn about.
      Okay, confession time: I have never read McCullough’s biography of John Adams. *dodges flying tomatoes* I know, I know! It’s crazy, too, because John and Abigail Adams are two of my favorite historical figures. I’ll have to read it ASAP!

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    1. That’s how I feel, too: if it’s sitting on my bookshelf in my room, there’s a higher chance that I’ll get around to reading it sooner rather than later. Thanks, same to you! 🙂

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  3. I would be happy to have any of these books under my tree. I am interested in American history as well and that Alexander Hamilton book really appeals to me. I hope that you receive a few of these beauties. Merry Christmas!

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