Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Holiday Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books I Hope Santa Brings/Bookish Wishes. Hello, friends, I hope your December is going well. This week’s topic is all about our wishlists. I already know I will have at least a few books under the Christmas tree come the 25th, but probably like every other bookworm, the list of books I would like never really truly dwindles. Here are ten books I would be delighted to get this holiday season. If you would like to see my full wishlist, you can find it here. Covers linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones – I have a couple of Stephen Graham Jones books on my wishlist, but this one in particular has really piqued my interest.

2. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland – I LOVED Raquel Vasquez Gilliland’s sophomore novel, How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe, so I am very eager to pick up her debut novel.

3. The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw – I really enjoyed Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth. This sci-fi sounds like it has some horror elements and also the found family trope, so I must read it.

4. Eartheater by Dolores ReyesEartheater was an incredible read. I listened to the audiobook, but I would really like a physical copy.

5. Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe – I’ve been eyeing this one for a while. It just looks so utterly charming.

6. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho – I read a library copy of this one and adored it. It would be nice to own a copy.

7. A Sprinkle of Sprits by Anna Meriano – This second book went out of stock for a while, so I actually own the first book and the third book in this series but not this one.

8. The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo – I’ve heard so many good things about this novella series and I have a feeling I will love it as well.

9. Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis – I somehow haven’t read this one even though I love witches.

10. The Good House by Tananarive Due – I really want to read this one, but it is really thick and I think having it in my hands would be better than getting a copy from the library and worrying I would have to return it before I finished.

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit. And Merry Christmas and happy holidays, friends!

Book Lists: Holiday Gift Guide (Young Adult Edition)

Okay, so I lied about stress, I thrive off of it. Literally as soon as I finished my Holiday Gift Guide post for middle grade books, I started a list for young adult. I know, know. I said I was going to cool it blogging wise in December, but I could not resist. For reals, this will probably be my last book list of 2021. Today, I am recommending Young Adult books for the teens in your life. I’ve divided this list by genres as well as including books that deal with social issues and college-age YA, both of which I would like to see more of.

  1. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
  2. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  3. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  4. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  5. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  6. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  7. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  8. Nocturna by Maya Motayne
  1. The Grief Keeper by Alex Villasante
  2. Mirage by Somaya Daud
  3. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
  4. Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
  5. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
  1. Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
  2. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
  3. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  4. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
  5. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali
  6. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
  7. Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes
  1. One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
  2. Muted by Tami Charles
  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  4. We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  5. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
  1. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
  2. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  3. To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames
  4. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  5. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
  6. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
  1. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  2. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  3. How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
  4. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  5. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  1. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  2. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  3. How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  4. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  5. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  1. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  2. By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery
  3. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
  4. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  6. American Panda by Gloria Chao

What young adult novels would you recommend those shopping for gifts? Let me know if you decide to purchase any of these for the teens in your life!

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Releases I’m Excited About

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books on My Winter 2021 To-read List. I don’t typically make TBR lists, so will be taking the opportunity to highlight ten winter releases I’m excited about. All of these come out in 2022, so there is plenty of time to preorder a little something for yourself as an after-the-holidays present. I may be trying to talk myself into this…Also, this list was in order before I discovered several publication dates wee pushed. Covers linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman

Publication Date: January 4, 2022

2. No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldanado

Publication Date: February 8, 2022

3. Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

4. Lulu and Milago’s Search for Clarity by Angela Velez

Publication Date: February 8, 2022

5. Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow

Publication Date: February 8, 2022

6. Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie

Publication Date: February 8, 2022

7. Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa by Julian Randall

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

8. The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

9. Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

Publication Date: March 8, 2022

10. Squire by Sara Alfageeh and Nadia Shammas

Publication Date: March 8, 2022

Are you excited about any of these? Any you’re adding to your TBR? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit!

Book Lists: Holiday Gift Guide (Middle Grade Edition)

Hope your holiday season is going well, friends! I’ve had this idea for a blog series since November, but didn’t have a chance to work on it until this month. As a result, this might be the only holiday gift guide post you see. It really depends on how stressed I get as Christmas inches closer. I really wanted to put out this particular one as I’ve mentioned before how much I adore middle grade books. So if you are looking for book recommendations catered to the middle graders in your life, this is the post for you. I’ve divided this list into genres and have also included a young adult section as many older middle schoolers are ready to jump into an older age reading group and I think these books would be the perfect fit.

  1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  2. A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
  3. Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse by Chantel Acevedo
  4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  5. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  6. The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
  7. Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
  1. Shug by Jenny Han
  2. Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon
  3. Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera
  4. The Dream Weaver by Reina Luz Alegre
  5. Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar
  6. Tight by Torrey Maldonado
  7. The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
  1. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  2. Ghost Squad by Clariebel A. Ortega
  3. Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon
  4. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  5. The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown
  1. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill Youo by Ally Carter
  2. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee
  3. Running by Natalia Sylvester
  4. Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz
  5. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  6. Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi
  7. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

What middle grade novels would you recommend those shopping for gifts? Let me know if you decide to purchase any of these for the middle schoolers in your life!