Ten Books I’d Love to Find Under the Tree

December 22, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 22

Ten Books I'd Love to Find Under the Tree

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year.

Some of these — no, most of these — I’ve already read, but would like to have copies for my collection.


  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J. K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay) This illustrated version is gorgeous and I’m really hoping for a copy!
  • Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn and Grim #2) (Juliet Marillier) My sister gave me the first book last Christmas, and it’s really good. Update 12/27/15: My sister gave me a Kindle copy. Yay!
  • Unbound (Magic Ex Libris #3) (Jim C. Hines) I missed this one last year, and I really want to read it before the fourth and final book comes out in February.


  • Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series, by Laurie R. King) This came out last February, and I read an e-ARC, but I want a copy for my collection. Update 12/27/15: My wonderful husband gave me a copy for Christmas!
  • The Murder of Mary Russell  (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series, by Laurie R. King) OK, so technically this can’t be under the tree because it won’t be published until spring, but someone could give me a preorder… pretty please?



  • The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, Cressand Winter  (Marissa Meyer) I would dearly love to own these in hardcover. And I wouldn’t mind an advance copy of Stars Abovethe forthcoming short-story collection in the same series.


  • The Name of the WindThe Wise Man’s Fearand the as-yet-unfinished The Doors of Stone (Patrick Rothfuss) I’ve read the first two, and I have a very beat-up used paperback copy of the first one, but I would really like nice hardcovers for my collection. As for the third one, well… it’s not out yet. It’s not even finished yet. We’ve been waiting for almost four years, and it’s going to be a while longer… but it will be worth it. Rothfuss is incredible, arguably one of the best writers in fantasy today.


So what’s on your wish list this holiday season?

22 Responses to “Ten Books I’d Love to Find Under the Tree”

  1. Lianne @ eclectictales.com

    Great list! I guess that’s one of the benefits of having hardcover editions of your favourite books: don’t have to worry too much about them wearing down/breaking. I hope you find all of these under the tree later this week 🙂 Merry Christmas!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Yes, hardcovers hold up better to repeated re-reading. Also, my eyesight is getting worse and it’s getting harder to read the font in some mass market paperbacks. (Most are OK, but some are just tiny!)

      Merry Christmas to you, and may your bookish wishes come true too!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’ve cut back so much on buying print books, in part because I’m just running out of space. But there are special ones I really do want to own, to treasure and re-read.

  2. Lindsay

    “The MURDER of Mary Russell”?! Oh dear! I really need to do some catching up on that series; I’ve only read the first three. I’m hoping to read “The Name of the Wind” this year. I picked it up maybe a year ago… I got about 20 pages in and just wasn’t feeling it. However, I’m 99% sure I’m going to love it whenever I sit down and give it a fair shot!

    Can you believe that I actually own the illustrated “HP” — I bought it the week it came out — and I’ve barely cracked the cover?! That must be rectified soon. I foresee a snowy afternoon sitting by the fire taking in all the lovely illustrations… if it ever snows, that is!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I know — I’m almost dreading The Murder of Mary Russell because I’m not sure where she’s going with it. On the other hand, the existing canon and King’s/Russell’s Twitter parties seem to suggest that Russell doesn’t actually get murdered. But I’m dreadfully afraid it might be the end of the series, which would make me very sad.

      As for The Name of the Wind, it does get off to a slow, even slightly confusing start. But once Kote/Kvothe starts telling his own story, it will pull you in and not let go. Incidentally, the audio versions are fantastic.

  3. Literary Feline

    Can I just transfer your list to my wish list? I actually have copies of some of these, but haven’t yet read them. I am really anxious to give Rothfuss a try, but admit for The Doors of Stone to come out first. I have copies of Cinder and Scarlet, but I don’t think of Cress or Winter (I’d have to double check on Cress). I really want to read those books as well–and Stars Above sounds awesome too. I haven’t yet read King’s books, but I want to. I have the first book in the series waiting at home. So many awesome choices!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Of course you can – I don’t have any copyright on wishes! 🙂 I know what you mean about waitiing for Doors of Stone, but the other two books are so awesome and so full of clues/hints/mysteries that it’s worth reading them well ahead of time, possibly more than once. In fact, I’m thinking of re-reading them this year and following along with the (archived) Tor.com re-reading, because I know I missed things the first time through.

  4. Lola

    I heard great things about the Harry Potter illustrated version. It sounds so cool to experience the story in a different way like that. The Lunar Chronicles series is on my wishlist too, or at least the first book. It sounds like a good series. I hope you’ll get some of these for christmas!
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  5. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I love that Harry Potter edition! The Lunar Chronicles look fantastic and I’m with you on wanting The Murder of Mary Russell (though I need to actually read the rest of the series!). I hope Santa leaves these under the tree for you!

  6. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders

    I ordered the Harry Potter illustrated for my mother for Christmas. (It still hasn’t arrived. Amazon is giving me the run around.) The Murder of Mary Russell looks interesting! I have been on a murder mysteries kick lately! Merry Christmas!