What an interesting prompt from the busy minds behind The Broke and the Bookish for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday!
While just about everyone on my gift list gets books from me, I rarely buy books for myself. It has to be a book I’ll want to go back to multiple times, loan out to friends, or am unable to get from the library before I’ll buy it. That being said, I love getting books as presents myself! Christmas just doesn’t feel right unless I have a new book to curl up with afterword. Here are some:
The Birchbark House series by Louise Erdrich – both my children and I love these books, and I can easily see us going back to them many times.
Camelot’s Blood by Sarah Zettel – this falls in the series completion – this is the last book in this lovely Arthurian romance series, only published in the UK even though the author lives in my home town. (here’s my review of Book 2, For Camelot’s Honor) I bought the ebook once, but it’s since vanished off all my devices.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – Need I explain? I have two of the books in this series, but not enough to fill the series wrapper I got at the book signing this year.
A Face like Glass by Frances Hardinge – another UK only edition.
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn – this is an awesome-looking book that I will ask my library to buy if no one gets it for me.
The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones – I’m slowly building a DWJ collection of my own. I won the companion book to this, Deep Secret, from Brandy at Random Musings of a Bibliophile last year. I’m reading this aloud to my son right now, but I know we won’t finish before the library copy is due. Plus, I love the UK covers! (Brandy points out the Dalemark Quartet is just out with new covers, too…)
The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmerman – knitting books are some of my favorites, as they’re easy to go back to and flip through. This is a classic for a reason – Zimmerman is both extremely knowledgeable and hilarious.
Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron and Ann Strugnell – this collection of beautifully poetic linked short stories is one I’d love to have on hand, especially to loan to teachers for class read-alouds.
The Touchstone Series by Andrea K. Höst – I’ve mentioned wanting to read her before, I think, and self-published books are still a hard sell in libraries.
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin – another series-completing book! I have the other two and would love to own this one as well.
What books or bookish things are you hoping to get?
the covers on those look great!
I also have Heroine Complex in my post this week. It’s funny but when I first saw it online, I thought it was a graphic novel. From the rest of your list, I’ve read and enjoyed A Face Like Glass, The Dream Thieves and the Touchstone trilogy. Not sure if you’re aware of it but the first Touchstone book, Stray, is a freebie on Amazon Kindle. 🙂
I did not know that there was a companion book to The Merlin Conspiracy. I love DWJ, so will have to check that out.
It’s also hard for me to buy books. I have to know I’m going to reread the book, which is probably why the only books I bought last year are Cursed Child and the final book in The Colors of Madeleine trilogy.
Thank you. I have just added the Birchbark House to my wish list. I was looking for books about North America for a children’s book club that I run and this sounds as though it would have been ideal.
It’s a really great book- I hope you love it!
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