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

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

Top Ten TuesdayThis is going to sound unbelievable but currently I do not have many books that I really want. It was actually hard to put together a top ten! The first six books on this list were actually on my Christmas wishlist, the other four I had to think of a bit harder. But yes, these ten books I wouldn’t mind Santa bringing 😀

Fingers crossed!

Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

  1. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  2. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  3. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  4. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  5. The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
  6. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  7. Mort (Discworld #4) by Terry Pratchett
  8. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith
  9. Far From You by Tess Sharpe
  10. Phantasm Japan (anthology)
Perfect (bookish) Christmas

Perfect (bookish) Christmas

A Very Harry ChristmasAlthough I’m a bit envious of all the people whose Christmas holidays have already begun, three more days of work do not stop me from having Christmassy feelings. This past year was such a busy one I am set on spending Christmas in the perfect way and stretching it as far as it’ll go. I even set up my Christmas tree back in November (I REGRET NOTHING).

So, after I finished the JLPT (Japanese language exam) on December 7th, I went all out. Nothing was holding me back. Nothing was separating me from my Harry Potter books! I have been craving a reread for along time. Seeing how I was already 82 books into my reading challenge (which I set for 75 books), I figured now was the time. For me, nothing quite says ‘December’ like Harry Potter!

And I must say I am really enjoying rereading it. I never reread them all in a row or even in the right order, and the last time I reread one anyway was in 2011, when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 2 was released. I just finished book three (my favourite omg) and I don’t think I will be able to finish all the books in 2014, but I don’t care. I am enjoying the books now more than ever, and I am noticing so many (small and large) things I never quite paid attention to before.

I’m also playing along with the books on Pottermore, which is great fun 😀 I hadn’t paid any attention to Pottermore since its release, but it has improved so much! I still have to dig in to Rowling’s new short stories, but I’ll save those for actual Christmas… you know, as a present to myself haha.

Christmas at Hogwarts

HogfatherI won’t just stick to Harry Potter this Christmas though. Like every year, I plan to read an actual Christmas themed book, along with my book club. This year we’ve picked Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. I’m really looking forward to it! It’ll be my first ‘real’ Pratchett book (although I read Good Omens a few years ago). We’ll also celebrate Christmas with our book club, like we did the previous years (except this year our Christmas will be in January, oops).

But honestly? I can’t wait for actual Christmas. Food, presents, books, movies, hanging around in my pjs all day… *cough* And no obligations whatsoever! I also really enjoyed going to the book store and carefully choosing books (besides other presents) for my parents! Now let’s hope Santa will be kind to me too 😉 there were quite a few books on my Christmas wishlist this year…

What is your perfect (bookish) Christmas? What are you going to read these holidays?

Christmas Reads

Christmas Reads

Firstly: Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate!) everyone!

I don’t usually read holiday-appropriate books, but this year I have two perfect books for Christmas!

Christmas Reads

They are Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas and Haruki Murakami’s 羊男のクリスマス (‘The Sheep Man’s Christmas’).

A good Agatha Christie murder mystery is always welcome, of course. This specific book we picked as our Christmas Read with my book club Sparrow & Nightingale. I just finished it (within a day, courtesy of the free time Christmas offers) and loved it. The story takes place during Christmas – specifically from December 22 until 28 – with a family coming together to celebrate the holidays. But of course there’s more to the situation than that..!

The second book I picked up in Japan last month. I’m a big Murakami fan and want to read as much of his as possible. Not everything (actually, most isn’t) is translated so during my trip I specifically looked for some of his untranslated fiction to read in Japanese. I stuck with illustrated works, because who can resist those really? One of them was ‘The Sheep Man’s Christmas’. Sheep Man is a character from a bunch of Murakami’s other works, A Wild Sheep Chase being the most famous. I found a translation of The Sheep Man’s Christmas here (sadly without Maki Sasaki’s lovely illustrations). I’m saving the book for Christmas day tomorrow!

Are you reading holiday/Christmas related books this year?