10 Books I May Have to Buy For Myself This Christmas

Posted December 25, 2018 by Amber in Memes / 16 Comments


Merry Christmas, my lovelies!  I hope everyone has a fantastic day, whether you celebrate for religious beliefs, cultural reasons, or if you don’t celebrate at all! As you read this, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on a breakfast bake that I make every year for Christmas brunch with my parents. 🙂  Since we don’t have kids, my husband and I travel on Christmas, so we will be bouncing around and on the road all day.

Of course, one of the most prominent aspects of this seasons is giving and getting thoughtful gifts!  If you’re like me, you love getting unexpected books!  Christmas and birthdays are prime times for these delightful surprises – an unexpected story in your hands, a gift of a whole new world.

For myself, I’m not expecting much.  In my world, Christmas gift giving centers around the children.  But nobody said I can’t buy a few Christmas gifts for myself!  I’m considering a few of the books that are on my TBR, but I can’t seem to find at my local library or on Overdrive?  Here’s just a taste…



Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer
Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly
Bedknob and Broomstick by Mary Norton
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings



Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about what you think you’re going to get for Christmas.  Since my husband and I don’t do Christmas among ourselves (too busy running around to family), I’m not expecting anything – we’re givers, not receivers!  That said, I did participate in SantaThing, and hope to have an unboxing post for that on Friday!


Are there any books on your TBR you’re having trouble finding?

What books on your TBR do you really want to read?

What books did you get for Christmas?

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16 responses to “10 Books I May Have to Buy For Myself This Christmas

    • Amber

      I think so too! I feel like a lot of Keirsten White’s books before AND I DARKEN get left in the dust, but most of the ones I’ve read have been fantastic, or at the very least, fun.

      Merry Christmas!

    • Amber

      Gift cards are always wonderful! I hope you have fun with it!! 😉

      Same here – I’ve heard nothing but good things about Poison Study!

    • Amber

      The Bell Jar just seems like one of those books you have to *try* it’ll probably be depressing, even disturbing, but it’s a classic and I know I want to experience it for myself.

  1. I have a few out of print books on my list but it’s really more for owning than for reading.

    I’ve read ‘tuesdays at the castle’ and it was okay. I found ‘the bell jar’ to be a bit depressing & it’s really the only plath book that I read.

    have a lovely day.

    • Amber

      Yeah, I definitely don’t expect The Bell Jar to be a happy read, considering what I know of Sylvia Plath. I do still want to read it though… I’m like that with classics. I have a copy of Moby Dick even though I’m pretty sure I’m going to hate it… just because I’m a classic and I want to see what all the hullaballoo is about!

  2. I keep hearing a lot of good things about The Poison Study.

    I got A Torch Against the Night for Christmas, along with The Infernal Devices boxed set and Amazon cards. With the Amazon cards, I’m getting The Mortal Instruments boxed set, along with pre-orders for The Wicked King and Priory of the Orange Tree.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Amber

      Did you watch the television show a couple years ago? Dirk Gently was on my TBR before then, but the show was soooo much fun.

  3. Ooh fun stuff. I remember wanting to read The Murder Complex- never got to it- and I can say the Tuesdays in the Castle books are fun (I read the first two or three, not sure, but i liked em).

    Hope you had a merry Christmas!

    • Amber

      People keep recommending Tuesday in the Castle to me – I think they were a favorite childhood read for folks. Since I continuously recommend Artemis Fowl and His Dark Materials (which were a couple of my favorite childhood series) I feel obliged to check out other people’s. There may be a diamond in the rough. 😉