Monday, December 18, 2017

Tuesday Favorites: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at Broke and Bookish.

This week's  Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings, straight from my wish list!

1.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman ~ Prequel to Hoffman's Practical Magic, which I loved. How could I not want to read this one too?


2.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (#1 Rise of the Empress) by Julie C. Dao ~ I have wanted to read this one since I first learned about it: "An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny. [Goodreads Summary]"


3.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal ~ Don't let the title mislead you. This is a novel about community and friendship between a group of women. The murder of a young wife and the attention of the Brotherhood, otherwise known as the moral police, threatens them all.


4.

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy ~ I have really taken to these nonfiction books about women in prominent roles throughout history. This is yet another one that has caught my attention. 


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Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner ~ Now an adult, a refugee returns to her homeland of Cambodia where she fled from as a child to deliver a letter from her father to "the Old Musician". This sounds like an emotional and heart felt book.
A love story for things lost and things restored, a lyrical hymn to the power of forgiveness, Music of the Ghosts is an unforgettable journey through the embattled geography of the heart and its hidden chambers where love can be reborn.

6.

The Language of Sand by Ellen Block ~ I love the idea of living in a lighthouse, although my husband assures me it would be most uncomfortable. I really like the sound of this one and wouldn't mind finding it under the tree. It's about a who woman takes refuge in a secluded lighthouse in North Carolina, hoping to find peace after a devastating loss. A mysterious set of crimes in her new small community threaten everything, however.


7.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (#1 Wayfarers) by Becky Chambers ~ This science fiction novel is being advertised as a light-hearted space opera about the crew of the patched up Wayfarer. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun.


8.

A Murder in Time (#1 Kendra Donovan Mysteries) by Julie McElwain ~ A time travel mystery in which an FBI agent stumbles into a different time and place--and into another crime investigation. Must. Read.

9.

The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair ~ There is something about a novel set in India, and this one calls  to me (thanks, Jenclair for bringing this one to my attention!). A woman looks back on her a life-changing summer during her childhood that she spent with her mother and her mother's family.


10.

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne ~ Jane Eyre in Space. That's all I need to know.


Have you read any of these? What books do you wish Santa would bring you?


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30 comments:

  1. Wonderful list. The Rules of Magic was one of my favorite reads of 2017 and I've been wanting to read Code Girls as well. I hope you get all of the books on your list :)

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    1. Suzanne - Thank you! Of all on my list, The Rules of Magic was the one book I did get for Christmas. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  2. I hope Santa sees your list! I've heard Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is great.

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    1. Kathy - I've heard great things about that one as well. I did get a gift card for Christmas and may just have to get myself a copy. :-)

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  3. YES you have to read Rules of Magic. I love it even more that Practical Magic. Hope you get all your wishes!

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    1. Barb - I'm really looking forward to Rules of Magic. It's the one book I got for Christmas this year!

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  4. I read and enjoyed The Code Girls (ARC from NetGalley) and enjoyed it. Full of fascinating information. Last night in a conversation with my best friend in New Orleans, she said she had gone to a library event and a former Code Girl who is now in her nineties attended and autographed her book! It is high time these women were acknowledged and celebrated for their roles!

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    1. Jenclair - I think it was because of you The Code Girls ended up on my wish list. So, thank you! That is great that your best friend was able to meet a former Code Girl. I am glad these women are finally being recognized for their work as well.

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  5. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns looks great, I kinda want to try that one too. And The Long Way is one of my favorite books. I hope you love it when you get it!

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    1. Greg - I have been wanting to read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns since I first heard about it. I may have to use my gift card on it and a few of my other wish list books--like The Long Way. I am really looking forward to reading that one as well someday.

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  6. That erotic title is hilarious. And The Rules of Magic sounds amazing!! I see SO MANY beautiful things on this list! I would honestly die to get any of these for Christmas!

    My TTT: https://bookslikewolves.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2017/12/19/Blogmas-19-Books-I-Want-My-Future-Children-To-Read

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    1. Sophie - Isn't it a great title? I think it scares some readers away. LOL

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  7. Good list!! I hope you receive all the books you want this year. Happy holidays!!

    Here's my TTT post for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-i-hope.html

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    1. Captivated Reader - I ended up getting one, which is better than none, I suppose. Haha. I did get a couple gift cards as well, so can use those on the books I didn't get. :-)

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    1. Ellen - Santa was good to me, even if not in the book department. :-)

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  9. I think I would like to live in a lighthouse too. The MC in A Season of You by Emma Douglas did. She used the upstairs with all the windows as a painting room. They call to my soul. In my old house, I had a little lighthouse figurine I kept on the windowsill in my bathroom.

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    1. Charlie - I told my husband I wanted to live in a lighthouse and he said I'd probably end up sinking Candle on the Water from the original Pete's Dragon movie all the time. LOL

      I love lighthouses too. There's just something about them.

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  10. Though I haven't read Music of the Ghosts, Vaddey Ratner is a great author. And I really enjoyed The Language of Sand. I hope you get all ten! :D

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    1. Lark - I haven't tried anything by Ratner, but I hope to. I am glad you enjoyed The Language of Sand! I probably added that one to my wish list because of you. :-)

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  11. Oh I want at least half of these too! I hope Santa brings you some surprises!

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    1. Iliana - I got one book for Christmas, which seems like a recent low. I think my family decided I didn't need anymore books. Haha

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  12. Code Girls sounds really cool! Happy holidays!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. Lauren - I think so too! I've been enjoying the history books about women's accomplishments as of late. Happy Holidays to you as well!

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  13. An interesting list of books! Thanks for bringing these to our attention, Wendy.

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  14. The Forest of A Thousand Lanterns sounds so good!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/top-ten-tuesday-138/

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    1. Jo - I think so too! I hope I get to read it someday.

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  15. What a great list! The Forest of a Thousand Lanterns looks amazing and Code Girls sounds great. I know a bit about Bletchley Park but I really don't know much about code breaking in the US. Hope you get some from your list.

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    1. Katherine - I am not too familiar with code breaking in the U.S. either. I think it will be interesting to learn more.

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