Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree

Happy Tuesday and MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I’m back to blogging now that I’m on break in between semesters, which means it’s time for my first Top Ten Tuesday in a while. This week we’re asked to share the top ten books we hope to find under the Christmas tree. I actually didn’t ask for any books this year, but there are always some that I wouldn’t mind receiving…


Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight

It’s no secret that I love learning and reading about Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became an incredibly influential and important abolitionist orator in the nineteenth century. This new biography of Douglass just came out in October, so I’m eager to see how it compares to the other Douglass biography I’ve read.

Nehanda by Yvonne Vera

I’ve been trying to check out this book through the ILL system at my college library for weeks and for some reason it never seems to work. Vera is a large part of the honors thesis I’m currently working on, so I would love to read Nehanda, which was the first novel she ever wrote (not counting her collection of short stories published in 1992).


Operation Shylock: A Confession by Philip Roth

This past semester I took a senior seminar solely about Philip Roth. After reading so many Roth novels (and complaining about reading so many Roth novels), it’s a wonder that one has ended up on this list! But now that I’ve read so much Roth I feel like I should just keep going at this point.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

I’ve been a fan of the Vlogbrothers for nearly a decade now, so it seems only fitting that I pick up Hank’s first novel one of these days. I’m so intrigued by the synopsis on Goodreads–who knows what kind of crazy stuff Hank has in store for us?

Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark

I’ve been a fan of Dodie’s music for a little while now (especially since seeing her perform live in London earlier this year!) so I’d love to read her book. If it’s anything like her song lyrics, then it’s bound to be beautifully written!

Those are all of the books I could come up with off the top of my head that I’d really love to own a copy of. What books are on your wish list? What do you think of the books on mine? Let me know in the comments section below!




22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree

    1. Thanks, Emily! I’ve heard some great things about Hank Green’s novel, so I’m excited to see what the hullaballoo is all about. Happy New Year!


  1. I didn’t get any books for Christmas to be honest! There are a few I would have liked but I really have a lot of books on my bookshelf (and since I’m at home, my parent’s bookshelf) and library books to read. I must admit I’m interested in An Absolutely Remarkable Thing Though –I was an avid vlogbrothers watcher for a time and I suspect hank will be a good writer 🙂

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    1. That’s how I feel as well–I didn’t actually get any books for Christmas either, but that’s fine with me–there are so many already sitting on my shelves. You’ll definitely have to let me know what you think of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing if you read it–I can’t wait to see how it is!

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  2. I didn’t get any books for Christmas, which is fine, because I had to pack all my books up for the summer/winter (ah, the joys of an interhemispherical family!) so I don’t have anywhere to put them. However, someone I stayed with in Hong Kong was trying to reduce the numbers of books they owned so I snagged a copy of Evicted by Matthew Desmond, which is sad and harrowing but SO GOOD. I love your selection, though–I’m really keen to read some Dodie because her music is so good!

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    1. Oh wow, that’s a good point–packing up books is such a pain! I’ve never heard of Evicted before but “sad and harrowing” sounds like a pretty intense, worthy description to me–I’ll have to add it check it out. I hope you had a great Christmas!


  3. Welcome back!

    An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a stunning novel, I hope you get to read it soon. It really is a wonderful read and uncomfortable relevant to how we’re living right now. Hank is a great writer and I’m very excited to read more from him in the future.

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    1. Thank you!! Your praise of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing makes me even more excited to read it–I’ve heard such great things about it! Hope you had a lovely holiday season!

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