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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Pretty Please, Santa? I've Been Good This Year ...

With temps in the 70s here in the Phoenix area, it hardly feels like Christmastime at all.  I'm reminded at this time of year, more than any other, that you can take the girl out of the Pacific Northwest but you can't take the PNW out of the girl!  I miss watching the snow fall, hearing the crackle of a fire in the wood stove, and smelling pine on the breeze.  Christmas in Arizona just isn't the same!  *Sigh*  I'll be home for Christmas ... if only in my dreams ...

Speaking of dreaming, who's fantasizing about bookish gifts waiting for them under the Christmas tree?  I always do!  The kindred spirits over at The Broke and the Bookish want to know the Top Ten Books (or book-related items) You Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under the Tree.  Only ten?  I'll try to restrain myself ...

I have it on good authority that these two are already under the tree:

1.  The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron—I've been intrigued by this one ever since I first heard about it.  I'm excited to finally read it.

2.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling—I broke one of my cardinal rules at Thanksgiving time and went to see this movie before reading the book.  I enjoyed the film a lot.  Can't wait to see how the book compares.

3.  Bookstore gift cards—Okay, this one isn't under the tree, but my sister gave me a Barnes & Noble gift card for an early birthday present.  She knows me too well!

The rest of these are books 'n' things I'd love to see under my tree:

4.  A new set of hardcover Harry Potter books—I bought all the books in the series as they came out in hardcover.  Now that I'm re-reading them, I realize just how much they've been loved to death by my 14-year-old daughter (who claims to have read the whole series eight times).  A shiny new set would be the perfect gift!

5.  Book earrings—I think these beauties from the Coryographies Etsy shop are about the cutest thing ever.  She has lots of other adorable bookish items as well.

6.  Scythe by Neal Shusterman—I'm a big Shusterman fan and his newest is definitely on my must-read list this year.  It's a dystopian/sci fi story that sounds intriguing.

7.  Version Control by Dexter Palmer—I hadn't heard of this futuristic sci fi novel until I opened the newest issue of Bookmarks (see #8) yesterday.  It sounds unique and compelling.

8.  Bookmarks magazine—I've been a subscriber to Bookmarks for several years now.  I love receiving the magazine every couple months.  It's a great resource for finding new books to read.  If you have a book lover on your Christmas list, consider a gift subscription.  

9.  To Kill a Mockingbird hardcover by Harper LeeTKAM is my favorite book of all time, but my only copy is a mass market paperback.  Barnes & Noble sells this lovely hardcover version.  I think I know how I'm going to be spending my birthday gift card ...

10.  Scrabble 2-in-1 Message Board EditionBustle listed this walk by Scrabble board as a must-have for word lovers.  I agree.  How totally fun would this be to have hanging in your house?  

There you go, ten books and bookish items I would love to see under my tree.  What about you?  What bookish Santa surprises would make you squeal with delight?  I'd love to know!  Make a comment on this post and I will happily return the favor.  

Happy TTT!


  1. I've got a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird in the edition you describe and love it. It looks GREAT sitting on the shelf.

  2. Well now I need to add those book earrings to my wishlist. They're so cute! I'm super curious about Fantastic Beasts. The movie sounds amazing so I'll be curious to see what you think of the book.

  3. Your list is great. I'm especially drawn to those earrings as well as the idea of a full set of the Harry Potter books. I have family that would probably adore that scrabble game so I'm keeping it in mind!

  4. I LOVE Shusterman! Unwind is one of the best books I've ever read. Just completely thought provoking and mind blowing and emotionally distressing.

    So of course I need to read Scythe ASAP.

    1. I also adore Shusterman. I actually feel like this is kind of a repeat of your comment so sorry about that! I also haven't read Scythe yet T_T. I'm really picky about dystopic ya because I feel like so many are copies of each other. But Shusterman's Unwind was a breathe of fresh air!

  5. Never heard of Bookmarks to check it out. Thanks!

  6. Very fun list! I'm going to have to check out Schusterman's latest.

  7. I really want a copy of Fantastic Beasts too. I loved the movie, but I need to read the book as well.

  8. Keeping it to ten is so hard!!! Gift cards are always a good choice though. Love that scrabble message board!

  9. Those are some real good picks! I'm really excited to read Scythe though it'll be my first book from Neal Shusterman. And those earrings are gorgeous <3 Thanks for stopping by at Books.Bags.Burgers.

  10. Love those book earrings and that Scrabble message board! Such great gifts...I hope you find them ALL under your tree this Christmas. :)

  11. This is a fantastic list! I really want the Fantastic Beasts screenplay too. It's so beautiful! I've drooled over that HP box set for years. It's so nice. I hope Santa brings you lots of books and goodies! Happy holidays.

  12. I have never even see that Scrabble 2-in-1 Message Board Edition! Oh. My. Gosh. That looks amazing! I'm definitely putting it on my list for next year, thank you for making me aware of it. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas, Susan!


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