Top Ten Tuesday [17]: Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree on Sunday


The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. Imagine being a minister of faith and being asked to recruit non-believers from another planet.

Another Day in the Death of America. There are gun deaths in America on any given day. This book is a commentary about the gun culture that the Second Ammendment so closely protects. The date is November 23rd, 2013. There were 10 random kids who died of gun-related injuries. These are their stories.

Ruby. Small town Texas. Girl with a disturbing past and the boy who pined for the girl on the run.

The Improbability of Love. It starts with a painting found in the trash and the woman who will find herself in possession of what the London Art world decidedly covets.

Possession. There’s romance. There’s history. There are poets. I’m sold.

The Morning They Came For Us. The start of the long, bloody war in Syria.

The Wangs vs. The World. A once affluent family suddenly found themselves in a reversal of fortune travelling the United States in search of a new life.

Autumn. I’m not gonna lie, the synopsis is as vague as they come. But hey, it’s Ali Smith, so yeah.

New World Fairy Tales. It looks creepy but I’m wholly intrigued.

What’s on your list?

  • Ohh, I hope you got all of these; if not, at least one of them, haha 😀 They all look and sounds amazing. <3 Not really heard of any of them before, but they look gorgeous 🙂 Lovely list sweetie. <3

  • RO

    I totally love that you get into all types of genres when reading, and hope your tree has tons of gift bags with books in them. Some of these really look like they’re worth checking out. Hugs…

  • Karen

    I doubt I’ll get any books for Christmas and that’s ok. I don’t plan on going to BEA next year so 2017 is the year I FINISH MY BOOKS! Maybe. Hopefully. lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • In truth I’ve never heard about
    these books before, I hope Santa would leave these titles under your tree.

  • I have heard some really good things about Possession as well but don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. Gotta do it soon. Hope you get all of these and enjoy them.

  • We have a lot of books in common. I have Ruby, and I definitely want to read Autumn. The Wangs vs. the World I am still fence sitting about. I have read some reviews that make me highly cautious, but I do love the premise. I look forward to seeing what you think of it if you should find it under your tree.

    • Unfortunately, I did this list too late, I think. I might end up with gift cards from my bookstore and purchase them myself.

  • I love some of these covers, especially The Book of Strange New Things!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I like how your list is very eclectic! I’ve read Possession; it was chosen by my professor as one our books for Contemporary British Lit. It’s a long one, and not my most favorite, but I kind of think you might like it! Worth a read!


  • The Wangs have my attention, I hope my local libraries get it so I can borrow it via overdrive. What’s that ASian novel you featured here that’s satirical? I need to read something funny…

  • I haven’t heard of any of these books, Joy, but I hope you get them and enjoy the stories! 🙂

    • I may be too late, Rachel. I posted the link on my personal Facebook account, though.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I haven’t heard of any of these but now I am absolutely adding these to my TBR and am hoping you find them under your tree as I absolutely want to read your opinion on these titles. An Another Day in the Death of America sounds particularly good. Wonderful list, Joy!

    • Looking forward to reading that one as well. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get some good non-fic reading in 2017. 🙂

  • Ohhh god ones!

  • I agree that New World Fairy Tales looks very creepy! I bought myself some books from Book Outlet for Christmas, but my mom is giving them to me. 🙂

    • Nice! That’s what I was telling myself, actually. I keep repeating that it was my husband’s and my kids’ present to me. ^.^

  • I don’t really ask for books for Christmas so I’m not expecting any. I have too many books anyway 😛 And I really want to work on narrowing that down… hope you can get some of these! Maybe point your husband in the way of this blog post… (hehe)

  • I hope Santa gets these for you so that you can review them and I can make an informed decision on reading them myself. Ha!

  • I really want to read Autumn too! I saw it in a bookshop the other day and the edition is so beautiful

  • The Book of Strange New Things sounds really really good! I just added it to my TBR list and would not mind to find it under Christmas tree either 🙂

  • I don’t even know. I know there are some new releases that haven’t come out that I’m excited for. I hope you get at least a few of these books soon.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • I was unaware of all of these and some of them sound very intriguing. I hope someone whispered into Santa’s ear for you!

  • Kara Lauren

    All of these sound good! The one I have wanted the longest is Ruby, I was hoping for a redhead in Texas, like me, hehe. I hope you find them all and more under your tree!