This week on Broke and the Bookish we’re sharing the top ten books we’d love to find under the tree this year! Below is a mix of books I’ve read and absolutely LOVED (but haven’t purchased yet!) and books I know I’m going to love reading. Gifted or not, you bet these titles are sure to hit my shelves this coming year!
The Girl with Glass Feet and The Trees by Ali Shaw
I absolutely LOVED Ali Shaw’s The Trees – Adrien Thomas has never been the hero, but in the quick of the night, the world has suddenly, inexplicably grown into a monstrous woodland as the trees take back the world from man. Traveling over land and sea, battling wolves and a curious ancient magic, Adrien will find an inner strength he never knew he possessed in a world where his flaws are, in reality, perfections and nature a monster in disguise. I would love to have a copy of The Trees in my collection, as well as Shaw’s first novel The Girl with Glass Feet, a story of a young girl who slowly transforms into a glass figurine after spying on a mysterious monster of ancient lore.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
A magical debut following Russian fairy tales, Vasilisa lives at the edge of the wilderness where winter lasts almost the entire year and snowdrifts grow taller than houses. Minding her step mother, Vasilisa and her siblings turn away from tradition, bringing nothing but failed crops and misfortune to the family, but as a grave soul rises from ancient lore, she’ll have to defy family and reason to save them all. Yes, this book isn’t set to release until January, but Santa could always leave a certificate under the tree, right?
The Hike by Drew Magary
From talking crabs, giant bugs, man-eating giants, to random gifts of champagne, nothing is predictable about The Hike. A magical journey with deadly stakes, the only answer you’ll find is “Stay on the path.” Most definitely the strangest, most rewarding story I’ve ever read, I’d love to have my own copy of Magary’s latest wonder.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
One second Jason is out on an ice cream run for family night and the next he’s knocked unconscious by an eerily familiar voice asking him, of all things, “Are you happy with your life?” He wakes surrounded by doctors in hazmat suits, by a man claiming to be his colleague and friend, at a state of the art, top-secret lab HE built, but he’s just a college professor, how could any of this be true? Exploring the possibilities of parallel universes and the unmeasurable consequences of the choices we make, Dark Matter is one of my top reads from 2016 and a definite reread.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Bringing the glimmer of the 1920s to a desperate and lonesome homestead in the Alaskan countryside, new arrivals Jack and Mabel discover their child-sized snowman magically transformed into the blonde-haired, and very real, Faina. Just as To the Bright Edge of the World, Ivey’s writing is full of mystery and magic, bringing to life the fierce mysticism of the Alaskan frontier.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
What would you do if the world surrounding you suddenly changed? If everyone you knew and loved disappeared without a trace? Would you cry? Would you fight? These are the questions that make Station Eleven such a compelling story, seamlessly exploring the choices we make in the wake of a changed world, and the connections bound to bring us together, it’s about time I reread this amazing tale of the human spirit.
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
A complicated web of romance, courtly intrigues, espionage, and grandeur, The Queen of the Night is a beautiful, thrilling ride into the world of Lilliet Berne, a scrawny young runaway turned opera extraordinaire. While I only gave the book three stars, I can’t help but look back on my reading of it fondly.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
We all know and love The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but somehow in the jumble of moving and moving again over the last few years, I’ve lost my copy!! Clearly, this needs to be fixed!
The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – Illustrated Version
A long overdue reread, I’m hoping to collect the illustrated versions of this amazing series!
What are you hoping for this Christmas?