I genuinely only asked for one thing this year: books.
Never mind that my TBR is staring at me with the most judgmental of looks. I have all kinds of books on my holiday wishlist, and today, I’m sharing the five I’d be most excited to receive! It’s all thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads, who runs Top 5 Tuesday and regularly encourages me to make my TBR bigger. It’s a mutual antagonism, filled with holiday cheer!
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
The only reason I haven’t already purchased Cemetery Boys for myself is because I’ve been heavily hinting to my family that I want it for Christmas. I asked for books and embroidery floss this year, and this is the crown of them all! After hearing nothing but praise for Cemetery Boys, not to mention digging a little deeper into my own gender, I’ve got to get my hands on this!
Also, the Barnes & Noble exclusive cover is to die for. Love me some good foil hiding under the dust jacket. 👀
Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald (Beyond the Ruby Veil #1)
Super intense lesbian who doesn’t think of herself as a villain despite definitely being a villain forced to save her city? Yes, obviously this one is on my list! Again with the floral covers, again with the queer characters, but I am somewhat predictable, am I not?
Seriously, though. This sounds like a dark, delightful fantasy, and I want in on it!
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive #1)
Technically, I’ve already read The Way of Kings. I borrowed it from a friend, though, and don’t have a copy to call my own. Seeing as this series is projected to be ten books long or something like that, it would be nice to start building my own collection. Also, if I move out any time soon, it’s nice knowing I could keep this brick of a book on my nightstand as a defense measure. You could definitely do some damage with this puppy.
(Knowing me? I’ll drop it on my toes.)
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong (These Violent Delights #1)
Even if I didn’t know anything about These Violent Delights, the cover alone would have me sold. I love the level of detail, and can never get enough of floral weaponry. Let it be known that I have simple, simple needs.
But more importantly, this is a historical fantasy retelling of Romeo and Juliet, and it promises all kinds of action and angst, which are basically my bread and butter. Couple that with the outstanding hype surrounding this book, and I need to get it on my shelves.
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood (The Serpent Gates #1)
Another book I’ve already read, but one I so desperately want on my shelves. I had the joy of reading The Unspoken Name this year, and I’m pretty sure it was my first truly strong read of 2020! That said, I read an ARC, so I don’t know what changes have been made in the final copy, and I really want a physical copy. This is a brilliant portal fantasy with queer leads, morally gray characters everywhere, and the promise of many, many worlds behind it.
When the next book in the Serpent Gates series comes out, I’m going to be all over it. For now, though, I’ll settle for cherishing a copy of The Unspoken Name.
Fingers crossed I see some of these books under the tree this year! But what about you? What books are you hoping for this year? Even if you’re not celebrating a particular holiday, what titles would you most want to just appear for no reason, all yours to keep? Let’s chat!