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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I’d like to see under the Christmas tree

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I actually don’t need any more books – I already have enough to read one a week for the next two years, and still have some left over. So while I shouldn’t buy myself new books, it’s completely OK if other people want to buy them for me.

So here (in no particular order) are ten books I wouldn’t mind finding under the tree on Christmas Day.

Fantastic-Beasts-Where-Find-Them-JK-RowlingThe Complete Works of Primo Levi by Primo Levi
This one’s a bit of a cheat since I’m about 99.9% certain that I will find this under the tree. But! It’s still something I wouldn’t mind seeing under the tree, so it’s ok for me to include it on my list.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)
I’ve never read this but I have wanted to for a long time. And since there’s a movie out soon, I should probably invest some time in reading it ASAP.

Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig
I’m kind of obsessed with Zweig at the moment so he couldn’t not be on my list. An author known more for his short stories, Beware of Pity is the only novel he wrote and was actually the inspiration for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Speaking of Wes Anderson…

51n+GZJ2O6L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel by Matt Zoller Seitz
I’d like to take this time to thank Wes Anderson for his excellent film, without which I might never have heard of Stefan Zweig.
This is easily one of my very favourite films from the last couple of years. I have it on DVD but I still have to watch it when it’s on TV – I just love it. So this book about the movie’s conception is basically a must have for me.

John le Carré – The Biography by Adam Sisman
Considering le Carre is at the top of my ‘favourite author’ list, it’s beyond my why I don’t already own this. And since I highly doubt that I’ll be finding this under the tree, I think I might purchase it this week before my book ban commences in the new year.

strangers-on-a-trainThis Sweet Sickness and Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
Since reading The Talented Mr Ripley a couple of weeks ago, I’m all about Highsmith. That one book has basically ruined any future psychological thrillers for me because I just know that they will never be able to compare. As such, I guess I can only read psychological thrillers by Highsmith from now on, so these two books wouldn’t go astray under the tree.

The First Word by Christine Keneally
Probably the most interesting book I read this year was The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Keaneally, which was all about our DNA and how it makes us what we are. Even though it was a sciencey sort of book (which is not my forte at all) it was easy to read and understand, all thanks to Keneally’s writing. So I’d like to read this other book by her, which is all about the development language.

snowpiercer-vol-2The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
Fates and Furies was one of my favourite books this year, and I have it on the good authority of a couple of other bloggers that Groff’s other novel, The Monsters of Templeton, is another excellent read.

Snowpiercer Vol 2: The Explorers by Benjamin Legrand (author) and Jean-Marc Rochelle (illustrator)
Earlier this year I read my very first graphic novel, Snowpiercer. Even though I much prefer the film adaptation, I still had a pretty great time reading it/looking at the pictures. Actually, it was probably the illustrations that saved it for me as they were just outstanding. So I’m keen to continue on reading this series, especially as there’s a third volume being released in 2016.



  1. I’m planning to read the second Ripley book this month. He’s such an intriguing character. Hope you got some of the books you wished for!


    • I did! I got the Primo Levi set I was expecting, and I got the Hogwarts Collection which includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so I was pretty happy about that.
      I hope to get to the next Ripley book soon – he is easily one of the best characters I’ve read in a long time.

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    • Since starting Top Ten Tuesday I’ve discovered that I do have a varied reading taste – I’ll read just about anything! I was really happy to find two of the books on my wishlist under the tree (Primo Levi one of them, as expected – you really should read him, your mind will explode!), and then I picked up another two with some Christmas money, so I can cross four off my list in total! I fairly decent haul I think 🙂


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  3. Hi. Love your blog. It is always so lovely to get books as gifts. Hope you get them, even if you have a huge TBR piling up. I loved The Grand Budapest movie too. I didn’t know it was a book. I will check it out. Thanks!


  4. I gave my sister a book wishlist and she chose a few from that – they’ll still be a surprise though! And yes, I have WAY too many books but, you know, if people insist on buying them I’m not going to say no…

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    • I’ve never been smart enough to put together a wishlist. I usually just get vouchers for bookstores, which I usually end up spending on things I want, but don’t *really* want. Maybe I’ll put together a wishlist for next year. I hope Santa/your sister is good to you!


  5. It’s great to see a couple of books here that I am seeing for the first time. Thanks for sharing. Here’s hoping that Santa treats you right. 🙂 Merry Christmas!


    • Glad to introduce you to some new books! Merry Christmas to you as well – I hope you have a fantastic day and manage to slip in some reading time 🙂


    • I’m trying to get into short stories (I find my mind wanders A LOT when reading for long periods of time) so this sounds like it’s definitely worth looking into. Thanks!


    • Same here. Monsters of Templeton is the only one I’ve really looked into, but I’m definitely planning some further investigations into her work, and waiting excitedly for anything from form her!


  6. I’d love to find Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them under my Christmas tree, too! So far, what we know of the movie looks so great and promising! That trailer made me want to watch the full movie RIGHT THEN AND THERE! I’d also like to find The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel under my tree, so I can give it to my friend, who is a HUGE fan of the movie!
    Wonderful list, and hope you’ll get at least some of these (or other equally awesome novels!).
    My TTT


    • I’ve wanted to read the book for as long as I can remember, but the trailer for the film really encouraged me to do something about it – fingers crossed I get a copy!


  7. OMG, I NEED that book about the Grand Budapest Hotel ASAP! I didn’t even know such a book existed. I watched the movie for the first time about two months ago and absolutely fell in love with it. Everything about it is just so brilliant!

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    • I’ve seen the book once in real life and it was so beautiful. One of those ones you just keep around to look at the pictures.


    • I am so jealous right now. I’d love to meet him – although that’s not likely to happen any time soon. But I can dream!
      I asked my sister specifically for Fantastic Beasts and even told her where she could get it, so I’m hoping that I find it under the tree! Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you too!

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    • I don’t usually ask for books specifically – usually vouchers. I’ve never been a big visitor of the library, but I’ve been changing that in recent months, so hopefully it’s a trend I can continue in the new year!


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