Top Ten Tuesday: Hey, Santa, Are You Listening?

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year


Santa bringing me books would make me very happy. And these ones I would love in particular:

  1. Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange by Anonymous
    So this book (a Penguins Classics Hardcover edition which is so beautiful) comes out on December 30th. It’s the first time translation of ancient Arabic manuscripts found in Istanbul. Earliest known magical Arabian Nights-esque stories. I’m so in. I’ll covet this until I can get it.
  2. A Question of Death: An Illustrated Phryne Fisher Treasury by Kerry Greenwood and Beth Norling
    Okay, so I’m a massive fan of the Australian TV show adapted from this series. One of my favourite bits about the show is Phryne’s costumes and this treasury focuses on that among other things…and I want it.
  3. Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
    Marchetta, in case you didn’t know, is one of my favourite authors. I should have read her high fantasy series a long time ago but I want the third book in the fantasy series in the Australian edition (the North American one is quite affordable in paperback but oh the cover is ugly) and Australian book prices are…beggaring (to me anyway).
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    I want to see what the big deal is. I should probably read The Secret History which I already own but I want this!
  5. Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
    I just have one more book to get before I complete the collection and can marathon the entire series. C’mon Santa.
  6. The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy
    I love this middlegrade series and need the last one so I can read the second and third and complete the trilogy. It’s great for people who like playing around with fairytales.
  7. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
    I’ll get my hands on this pretty someday.
  8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Nearly Definitive Edition by Douglas Adams
    This is the 35th anniversary edition and it is absolutely beautiful. Put out by William Heinemann. Swooooon.


Mostly I’d just want nice copies of all the books I love. Plus a couple more….

These three are on my to eventually buy and read list because of Kaleidoscope and their recommendations to me.

  1. Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
  2. The Testing Joelle Charbonneau
  3. Swim the Fly by Don Calame

I would also like (and these are mostly picturebooks, haha, because they are so expensive but so beautiful and I want a lovely collection.

  1. Sandman by Neil Gaiman – just all of them.
  2. The rest of the Amulet series – I have one and two.
  3. Picturebooks by Suzy Lee (in particular Wave)
  4. Oliver Jeffers – I have a couple, but I need more. The Great Paper Caper and the Boy and Penguin series.
  5. The Day the Crayons Quit illustrated by Jeffers – it’s just such a great story by Drew Daywalt!
  6. I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  7. We’re in a Book by Mo Willems and It’s a Book by Lane Smith
  8. Quest and Journey by Aaron Becker
  9. so many more….


  1. Scadow Scale by Rachel Hartman.
  2. Issues 1-7 of Amy Unbounded, Rachel Hartman’s pre-Seraphina comic series on the adventures of a half-Goreddi, half-barbarian girl named Amy.
  3. The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. If I had my own copy I might be more able to resist copying passage after passage into notebooks :)
  4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.
  5. Lumberjanes – if the comics are ever collected into a book. I hope they are!
  6. Beauty and the Beast by Max Eilenberg; illustrated by Angela Barrett.
  7. Beauty and the Beast by Nancy Willard; illustrated by Barry Moser.
  8. Beauty and the Beast by Marianna and Mercer Mayer.



  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman: I had to give away my copy and I really love this edition.
  2. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell: I loved this story from the Rags and Bones anthology. I’d love to have the illustrated book for myself.
  3. Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett: Honestly, I just want to complete my collection of Rifle Paper hardbound classics.
  4. 21 Proms edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft: This anthology is going to be released on the 30th, though I spied a copy on one of the high/unreachable shelves at Kidsbooks. Prom is something I never got to experience (I don’t know if it was just the Indian schools I went to, or if it’s just not a thing in India at all), so this is a way to vicariously check something off my list. I think teenaged!Yash would appreciate it.


  1. Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent: I’ve loved her essays on feminism and femininity on Tumblr and I can’t wait to read the ones that got published in print!
  2. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: I. NEED. THIS.
  3. Grace’s Guide by Grace Helbig [Audiobook]: She’s a great vlogger, incredibly funny, and incredibly smart– and she’s got a lovely voice. I think I’d really enjoy listening to her essays and stories.
  4. Letter to my Daughter by Maya Angelou [Audiobook]: It’s read by Maya Angelou herself. Out of the entire list, I think this is the thing I want the most.

3 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Hey, Santa, Are You Listening?

  1. Awesome lists! The cover for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Nearly Definitive Edition is awesome. I kind of want to buy it for that alone. Also, I’ve been hearing a lot of positive things about Bad Feminist. I may need to pick it up sometime soon.

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