Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! This week's topic: books we wouldn't mind seeing under the tree! While my house is filled to bursting with books as it is and I'm really trying to slow the progress of more books into the house, there are always books that I'm looking to get my hands on a physical copy of. Here are ten books that I'd figure out a way to make room for.



Elizabeth's Women: I'm 100% here for all things Tudor, and this book, examining the various women who played a role in the life of Queen Elizabeth I, seems pretty much right up my alley.

My Own Words: Ruth Bader Ginsberg is my HERO. I love her. This book collects many of her writings and speeches and I want to read all of them.

Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck: I've got a handful of cookbooks, but I find as much of my cooking inspiration online as in pages these days. I know there's a whole backlash with these people since we found out they're actually white, but their recipes are tasty and totally vegan...even if I'm not and sometimes have to reverse-engineer flax out of recipes because I'm allergic, I'm always down for a quick meal!

Version Control: I actually read much more non-fiction than fiction in hard copy, but this is one of those relatively few novels I actually want to own on paper. I actually don't know too much about the plot, just that it's about time travel and living in the age of the internet and it's gotten great reviews from sources I trust and I want it.

Strangers In Their Own Land: I grew up in small-town, quasi-rural Michigan and spent three years of my life in college-town Alabama, so I've been surrounded by Republicans for most of my life. Like most Democrats, most Republicans are decent people, and this book taking a coastal elite liberal sociologist to Louisiana to meet and understand the people on the other side seems like something I'd get a lot out of.

White Trash: America likes to pretend like it doesn't have a class system, and while it might not be as rigid as the one in the U.K., we definitely do. I'm really interested in reading this book that looks at white American history and really examines the way society has been organized, and who ends up at the bottom of the ladder.

Pit Bull: The Battle Over An American Icon: I've known pit bulls who leave me wary, and I've known pit bulls like the one my pole studio owner has that think they're a lap dog. There's a lot of fear out there about this breed, and as a long-time dog nerd, I'm really curious to learn more about them.

Goldenhand: I've written about how much I love the Sabriel series more than once, and this is the fifth book in that series, so obviously I need to own it like I do all the others.

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: My fondness for books about royalty should make it pretty obvious that I've got a soft spot for books about out-of-touch rich people. This look at Huguette Clark, who inherited a massive fortune and died alone, seems totally fascinating.

Bad English: One of the great things about English, in my opinion, is its rapaciousness...the way it grows, absorbing parts of other languages and changing with the times. People like to get fussy about using "proper" English, completely ignoring the way that the English they speak would have been regarded with abject horror only a few generations back. A book about the way people try to keep English from evolving is something I think I'd just love.

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  1. I hope you receive all the items on your list this year. Happy holidays!!

    Here's my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/12/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-i-wouldnt.html

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  2. Great list! So many of these look really interesting, and thank you for reminding me that I need to read my copy of Elizabeth's Women - don't know why I haven't read it yet. Merry Christmas!

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    1. You'll have to let me know if it's as good as I'm hoping! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  3. Elizabeth's Women does sound fascinating! I'm a fellow Tudor fan so I'm going to have to find me a copy. I've heard a lot of great things about Version Control. Happy Holidays!

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    1. I love British royalty, but the Tudors are my most favorite...I can't help myself when I find new Tudor books, I have to read them! Version Control has been sitting on my TBR for quite some time...I'm waiting for the paperback since hardcovers are so bulky but it feels like it's taking forever to come out!

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  4. Hope Santa is listening! I haven't read any of these but White Trash was on the Penguin Random House staff picks list http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/staff-picks-of-2016

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    1. Fingers crossed, eh? I almost used Overdrive to get the audiobook from my library but I feel like I want to sit down with this one in my hands and read it in hard copy!

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  5. Ruth Bader Ginsburg books need to be in my life. :)

    Check out my TTT and my current giveaways.

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    1. RBG and Sandra Day O'Connor are my total role models (I used be a lawyer)

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