All the Christmas books I’ve read to date

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is ‘holiday freebie’, so I’ve decided to literally just list all the Christmas books I’ve read, in order of how much I liked them, because I gotta tell you, it’s fewer than ten. This doesn’t include like, picture books my parents read to me when I was little for Christmas. Chapter books, yes. Picture books, no.

So in order of least favorite to most favorite:

The Autobiography of Santa Claus as told by Jeff Guinn – This one is technically cheating, as I DNF’d the thing. I got about two thirds through it and had to put it down. It had gotten weird and basically started to pull a Bill and Ted, where Santa went around collecting people.

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans – This one I read a while ago but I remember enjoying it. It follows a widow and her family as they find this Christmas box. It’s wholesome (but then again, so are most of the ones on this list).

Santa & Pete by Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson – My mom read this book to me when I was little, one of the few I remember her reading. Usually it was my dad that read to us and mom would do other things to spend quality time, but in this case it was her reading. This story is told through a grandpa telling his grandson a tale while driving around on a city bus. I still reread the thing every few years.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – This one’s a classic and I feel like it’s not even worth going into what it’s about. This is really nice to read, though.

The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans – Out of the two Christmas books I’ve read by this guy, this one is my favorite. It’s a kinda-sorta Christmas Carol retelling? Kinda? It’s pretty good I think!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson – This is my favorite Christmas book, hands down. It’s also for the youngest audience. The cover above is not the one I have, but I chose it because the one I have on Goodreads is teeny tiny and wouldn’t resize well, so pbtbt. But this is another book I’m pretty sure my mom read to me. It’s about a town trying to put on a kid’s Christmas pageant and a bunch of rambuctious “problem” children get cast as the main roles. It’s about understanding the backgrounds of other people and wanting to help them anyways. It’s really sweet and I like it. My copy is riddled with holes and all ripped up. Yes, actual holes, apparently 8 year old me at some point took a hole puncher to the thing. Bad Emily.


And that’s it! Like I said, I didn’t have ten. I’m always on the hunt for new Christmas books though – I try to read one every year. This year I’m rereading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, but if you have any suggestions, do let me know! Happy Blogmas!

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers with people but no faces

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Today’s topic is ‘Cover Freebie’, aka ‘pick something cover-related’. So I chose covers that have people on them but don’t have any faces.

I own about fifteen books that fall under this category, and seven of them are read. I featured those seven, plus three I haven’t read yet – they’re the ones I’m most excited to read out of the rest, so that’s why they’ve made the cut!


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennet, Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell, and Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell are the three unread books in this week’s list. The first two are fantasy, the second in particular being by one of my favorite authors, so why I haven’t read it yet I don’t know. The third is historical fiction!

  • The Martian by Andy Weir was my favorite book of 2015 (or 2016? I don’t remember)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones I read I think either earlier this year or late last year, it’s all a blur at this point
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson I read way back when, shortly after I started dating my husband, at his suggestion. When he suggested me a book I got all excited because it was like ‘yes he likes reading too, this might work out’. So this one holds a special place in my heart.
  • The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks I read a few years ago and loved. I mention this series I swear every other post. Man, this is a good’un.
  • Golden Fool by Robin Hobb – Out of all the books here, this one is probably my favorite. I love all of Robin Hobb’s books but this one in particular blew me away, man.
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is one of those books that I almost bought fifty times, and then finally took the plunge and picked up. I ended up rather liking it, too.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was such a magical read. I know the author came out with another book recently and I’ve been meaning to get it. If it’s anything like this book, it’ll be enthralling.

And that’s it! I’m hoping I took a unique spin on this topic, but if you did this same thing, I apologize for copying! At the time of writing this, I haven’t read anyone else’s posts yet so I promise it wasn’t intentional.

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie! Shojo manga that are kinda ridiculous but I love anyways | #2

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Today’s topic is officially ‘Love freebie’, allowing us to come up with a topic that fits, and considering I’ve been in a major shojo manga kick recently, I figured ‘Shojo manga that are kinda ridiculous but I love anyways’ would fit the bill.

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For anyone not familiar with manga genres:

Shojo manga are typically romance manga, aimed towards teenage girls, think the equivalent of YA. They often have humor in them along with over-the-top dramatic events and quasi-unbelievable plots. But that’s the whole point, they’re meant to be entertaining, not realistic. And dammit, I think they’re cute.

So here are my favorite shojo manga that are totally batshit insane sometimes but I love them anyways, divided into categories:

Honorable Mentions

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 1   Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)

These two are just honorable mentions, but I’m listing them so it’ll get me to almost ten (pbtbt). The reason for both of these is that they’re technically not shojo, they just feel like shojo. O Maidens In Your Savage Season by Mari Okada is actually shonen, and Wotakoi by Fujita is josei. But whatever they are, they both have shojo-esque feels to them, so they’re making the list, even if they don’t qualify for the list. Fight me.

Read a long time ago and remember really liking

Wanted   Absolute Boyfriend, Vol. 1

Both of these, I read back when I was a teenager and really liked them. The one on the left, Wanted, is a one shot, fluffy thing about sailors and pirates and first love. Absolute Boyfriend on the right is about this girl who orders a ‘love figurine’, an AI boyfriend. I remember the second one in particular being completely ridiculous but man was it funny.

Read for the first time recently

Orange: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 (Orange: The Complete Collection, #1)   Wild Ones, Vol. 1 (Wild Ones, #1)   Kiss Him, Not Me!, Vol. 1

Recently, I got back into the kick, which is what inspired this post! My favorites of all the shojo I’ve read recently are these: Orange, Wild Ones and Kiss Him, Not Me! The first is definitely the most serious of the three and deals with some pretty heavy topics, including suicide. Wild Ones is more light hearted, following a girl living with a yakuza household, and Kiss Him, Not Me is definitely the goofiest one. It follows the girl on the cover as she tries to navigate a bunch of boys while shipping them all together instead of with herself. It’s pretty funny.

Favorites from teenagerdom

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 (Ouran High School Host Club, #1)   Fruits Basket, Vol. 1

And out of all the shojo I’ve read, these two are my faves. I read them back when I was a teenager and I’ve reread the manga and rewatched the anime multiple times throughout the years. They’re just so wholesome. Ouran High School Host Club follows a middle to low class girl who gets accepted to a prestigious high school, and shortly after breaks a vase she could never afford, so she dresses as a boy and joins the Host Club to work off her debt. It’s cute and funny and I like it!

Fruits Basket follows a girl whose mother passes away, and instead of burdening her grandfather, she decides to live in a tent. She quickly finds out she’s camping out on the Sohma property, and when they find her, invite her to live within the household, where she accidentally discovers the family’s curse, that they transform into animals. This one I think, is my favorite out of the two. So much nostalgia, waaah.

And that’s it! I got up to nine this time. Maybe next week I’ll actually make ten? Who knows! Happy reading!

Top 5 books that gave me wanderlust

Copy of Top 5 Wednesday Banner Hump Day! This week’s topic is a freebie, so I chose to do books that gave me wanderlust. This was inspired by a question I answered on the Who Am I Book Tag yesterday.

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being

This was an odd read for me. I didn’t end up liking the ending of it and gave it three stars, but it’s definitely a book that I think about a lot. Maybe a reread will have me liking it more. The tone of this book, the picture it painted – it made me want to go to a cold island off the coast of Washington state, it made me want to go up into the mountains in Japan and just hang out. Maybe that’s why this book has stuck with me, it made me want to be in it. I wanna gooooo.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

This book was so rich and atmospheric. I found myself yearning to go visit the circus and to walk through its tents. I still think about this book. I want to see the circus acts! I want to host a Midnight Dinner! I want to be a circus performer! Uuuugh, I wanna go see it!

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

Regardless of my feelings toward Kvothe and toward the second book of this series in general, I did really enjoy this first one – I gave it four stars. Kvothe wasn’t as… Kvothey in it. The world this book is set in is amazing. I wanna go there – I want to go study Sympathy! I wanna go to the Musician’s Guild and listen to music all day! I wanna just wander around the town aimlessly and just have a good time. The setting for this book is just awesome.

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)

Inuyasha will always hold a special place in my heart. Following a girl that falls through a well and winds up 500 years in the past in feudal Japan, it’s about her adventures there. Gosh it’s been over a decade since I first watched and read this, and I still think about it almost daily. I’m serious – daily. It’s really stuck with me, and will be one of my all-time favorites. I wanna go look for shikon shards too ;~;

Ralph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks

This was the book that inspired today’s topic, the one I mentioned gave me wanderlust in yesterday’s post. This book I first read back when it was a story published on FictionPress about ten years ago, and I remember adoring it. It follows a young pixie named Malina who gets expelled from her own world and placed into ours, and a man named Ralph who helps her. It takes place in both worlds and it made me wanna world hop along with them. I’ve since obtained a physical copy of the book (the author sent me one when he saw I mentioned his book in my blog, I about peed) and I’ve reread it, and it gave me the same feelings. I wanna go to a magical world, too. No fair. ;~;

So, writing out this topic has just solidified how uh… underwhelming my place in this world is. I need to travel more, man. I just gotta make those big bucks and then I’m in business! I’ll go everywhere!

Happy reading!