Christmas Comes But Once a Year: Ten Books I’d Like to See Under My Tree

Santa doesn’t usually leave many books under my tree. To be fair, in the time it takes him to check his list twice, I’ve probably already read another one. It’s a lot for even me to keep track of—I have to admit, more than once, I’ve purchased a book thinking it sounded interesting only to discover I’d already read it. Plus, with my bookshelves overflowing as it is, I rarely ask for more. But for this Top Ten Tuesday, I’m sharing ten books I wouldn’t mind finding under my tree on Christmas morning … you know, assuming I don’t read them between now and then.


The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
by Patrik Svensson
Goodreads

Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food
by Gina Rae La Cerva
Goodreads

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot
by Mikki Kendall
Goodreads

The Hunger
by Alma Katsu
Goodreads

A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom
by Brittany K. Barnett
Goodreads

The Penguin Book of Exorcisms
edited by Joseph Laycock
Goodreads

The Poppy War
by R.F. Kuang
Goodreads

Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories
by Rob Brotherton
Goodreads

What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era
by Carlos Lozada
Goodreads

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking
by T. Kingfisher
Goodreads


Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

49 responses to “Christmas Comes But Once a Year: Ten Books I’d Like to See Under My Tree”

  1. The Hunger sounds good, as does the eel one. I hope you find some of these under the tree!

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    1. Funnily enough, I went and grabbed my own copies. So they didn’t quite find their way to the tree! But they were nearby.

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  2. I’ve seen Hood Feminism in quite a lot of TBR lists, and of course, The Poppy War is excellent. And I see they’ve written a book on eels! and exorcisms! Wow, two most excellent additions to my TBR. 🙂

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    1. Hope you love them! I’m a big fan of Joseph Laycock, who edited the book on exorcisms, so I’m thinking it’s going to be great. Glad to hear another good word for The Poppy War. It seems like everyone loves it!

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  3. Oh make sure you get the Poppy War! So good!

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    1. I finally broke down and snagged a copy! Now I just need to make time for it.

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      1. That is always the hardest part!

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  4. A wizard’s guide to defense baking sounds like fun! I do hope you wake up to a neatly stacked pile of books on Christmas morning.

    Here’s my Wish list: !0 Books I hope Santa brings

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    1. What a great image! The neat stack sounds much better than how my books usually are arranged…

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  5. Oh, I’d love to receive The Poppy War too, I still need to read it and heard such good things. Hope you’ll find some of these under the tree 🙂

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    1. I swear, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone ever say anything negative about it. People adore that book. I feel so behind having not read it!

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  6. I loved The Book of Eels and hope you do, too.

    My post.

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    1. Oh, perfect! I love hearing that. I’m not sure I’ve heard of anyone else reading it, so it’s nice to hear a positive comment.

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  7. A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking really made me LOL! 😂 Absolutely love it! I hope you do find Poppy War under your tree because that book was *chefs kiss*! I also want to pick up The Hunger and hope you enjoy that one 🙂 Great list!

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    1. Right? Isn’t that title perfect? I won’t say I’m a sucker for a quirky title, but that’s totally why I picked up A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking in the first place. And so glad to hear another positive vote for The Poppy War! I seriously need to get around to it.

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  8. Here is hoping that you see some of these under your tree! Feasting Wild sounds really cool!

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    1. I broke down and grabbed a copy for myself and, while I’ve only read a little bit of it, it’s pretty great so far.

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  9. I’ve read The Hunger! It’s really good. I hope Santa brings it for you.

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    1. Oh, perfect! Really, really looking forward to getting around to it.

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  10. Interesting books. I really loved this week’s subject.
    My TTT.

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    1. This one was a lot of fun to put together. Thanks for reading, Marianne!

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      1. Always interesting to read your posts.

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  11. These all look so interesting! I’ve been really intrigued by The Book of Eels, and The Poppy War is so good! I hope you get a chance to read some of these, whether before or after Christmas. 🙂

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    1. It’s great hearing another vote for The Poppy War! I swear, I don’t think I’ve ever talked to anyone who’s said a negative word about it.

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  12. A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking sounds fun! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. I can’t get over that title. Looking forward to finally getting around to it!

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  13. I’ve heard good things about The Poppy War. I hope you find all of these under your tree.

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  14. Haha you would think that book bloggers would be easy to buy books for, but we’re actually the worst! Especially if you’re like me and you pre-order books by your favorite authors even before the cover reveal!

    You reminded me I was interested in reading The Hunger. A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking sounds interesting too. I read The Poppy War and it was good.

    Have a merry Christmas!

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    1. Exactly! With pre-orders being so important, it really does put a snag in buying for book lovers … it’s not so easy to just see what’s already on their bookshelves! Hope you had a great holiday!

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  15. I haven’t heard of a few of these, so I’ll be looking them up. The Poppy War looks good and I think I added it to my tbr. I hope you find all of these for Christmas 🙂 Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Everyone I know who has read it cannot recommend it enough. Here’s hoping it’s as good as it sounds!

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  16. The Poppy War is outstanding, and I’ve been considering reading The Hunger as well. It sounds interesting.

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    1. Love hearing that! Everyone keeps recommending it, but I still have yet to start it. One day, one day!

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  17. A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking sounds so good! Plus I really love that title. I hope you find all these under your tree! 🙂

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    1. Isn’t that title great? Totally the reason I picked it up in the first place.

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  18. I got a chuckle from your intro. Too many times have I done the same – bought a book, only to discover I had read it or already owned it. Hope you get these books! Have a great holiday reading time

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    1. Truly the curse of a broad reader! I’ve snagged the same Stephen King book from the library three times thinking I haven’t read it. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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  19. I read The Poppy War series in its entirety this year and it was unforgettable. I hope you found the first under your tree this year!

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    1. This has me even more excited to get around to it! I’ve heard so many great things—really looking forward to finally diving in.

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  20. I haven’t read any of these yet, but several are on my tbr, as well. I hope you get them soon! ❤

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    1. Here’s hoping we both do at some point in the new year!

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  21. I finished off The Poppy War this year, and the second book in particular is just mind-blowing, although all three are consistently good throughout.

    I have my eye on the Defensive Baking one too!

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    1. That has me even more excited to check it out!

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  22. A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking has been sitting on my ereader, waiting for me to start it! I hope we both enjoy it!

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    1. I’ve been really looking forward to that one! I mean, the title alone is pretty great.

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      1. I will fully admit that I bought the books for the title.

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  23. Hope you received some (or all!) of these, Christopher – and thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on our wish list week. 🙂

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    1. Santa might have skipped out on books this year, that hasn’t stopped me from grabbing a few on my own. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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