Top Ten Tuesday (28) – Christmas Books

Memes, Uncategorized 0 Comments 23rd December, 2014

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s topic is: Ten Books I Want Santa To Bring


PEP_8351-Edit-XLBry: With my stack of books to read getting larger and my time getting shorter (this is a busy time of the year for personal trainers!), I didn’t ask for any books for Christmas. But if I had, these are the front runners I’d add to my list!

1. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo: Something about the summary of this book really caught my attention and fascinated me – is there really a practice in China to marry women to the spirits of departed men? I want to know more.

2. A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii by Stephanie Dray: This book made it on to the To-Read list of some authors who I have serious respect for, and have loved their writing. Naturally, I’m intruiged, especially because I have such a vested interest in Pompeii. Unfortunately I haven’t read or seen any fictional account of Pompeii that has moved me yet, so I’m hoping this will be a winner.

3.  Burn the Dead by Steven Jenkins: I’m not over my zombie-fixation that took hold and amplified this summer. I really need something to fill the void until Mira Grant or M.R. Carey decide to put more Ophiocordyceps or Kellis-Amberlee into the world.

4. Weirdo by Caiti Unsworth: I said I would give up on creepy children horror/thriller books, since they’re always such a let down, but I still want to give this one a go. Its only partially focused on child-killers, and could have a ‘The Good Son’ vibe to it, if you look hard enough…

5. The Gospel According to Woman: Christianity’s Creation of the Sex War in the West by Karen Armstrong: I recently picked up another one of Karen Armstrong’s books and I am deeply fascinated by her perspectives. I don’t know if I agree with her, but her ways of thinking are so interesting and call into question so many detailed aspects of religion that I’d love to see what she has on this topic. I hope its a balanced read; while I enjoy the discussion on sex and gender, I really dislike theories presented in the feminist discipline.


302722_10152199913595058_122942404_nFry: I don’t usually ask for books for Christmas. I’m honestly an impulse buyer when it comes to books (as well as an impulse user of the library). If I have to dwell on a book for more than a week, I usually forget about it. Hopefully, I get the money to buy at least some of these myself.

1. Audiobooks. All the Audiobooks. Anything. Even books I already own. I wish I had the money for an Audible subscription. Alas. I’ve recently fallen back down the Minecraft hole (Mineshaft?) and digging and building sure is a time sink. At least I listen to audiobooks while I do it. But I need MORE.

2. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. No explanation needed.

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I keep forgetting this series exists. Maybe if it was in my face, I’d actually finish it.

4. Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine. It looks interesting. I mean, I generally get in a steampunk mood, but there’s not a lot of GOOD stuff to choose from. I absolutely cannot wait for that Karen Memory book to come out. I bet that one is going to be neat.

5. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. I need more Ronan… and the rest. Mostly Ronan.

6. Winterspell by Claire Legrand. I’ve only heard good things about this book. People I know are raving about it. So, on that merit alone, I feel like I should read it.

Written by Bry


I’m Bry, and I’ll be your saucy guide in the realm of historical and supernatural fiction.

With a BA and ongoing MA in History, I am avidly passionate and easily excited over anything written in a time period of my interest. My primary specialty is the Italian Renaissance, but I have extensive expertise in Tudor Britain, Louis XIV France, and am well versed in antiquity and general world history. Because of my deep love for the past, I am drawn to supernatural fiction, particularly when woven together with myth and historical background. I also love high-adrenaline reads, whether its horror, mystery, thriller or well written sex. Give me something to excite me.

When not reading, I am a fitness model, sponsored athlete and personal trainer.

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