Top Ten Tuesday: Gift Card of Dreams

Guess who’s finally back home? That’s right!! I had such a fabulous time abroad and I can’t wait to share everything with you guys. I’m super happy to be back home and getting back into the swing of things – although I can’t say I’m excited to exchange holidaying with studying, *weeps*.


This week’s theme is:

 Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

I’m pretty excited for this topic, admittedly, because I can tell you super easily which books I’d buy. Every Wednesday I participate in Wishlist Wednesday where I feature a different book on my Wishlist (my endless Wishlist, just about). Wouldn’t it be marvellous if someone did give you an epically loaded gift card?

I could absolutely make an infinite list for this one so I’m pretty much going to choose the first 10 books that pop into my mind instead! I’ve bought so many books whilst abroad so I’m pretty swamped in reading material at the moment, but one can never really have too many books – be sure to keep an eye out for an up and coming book haul!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over @ The Broke and the Bookish and each week there’s a different theme that we get to make a list about featuring ten related books. It’s so much fun and the topics are always great! It’s also a fabulous way to learn more about people’s reading adventures and I recommend heading over to the official page to do some exploring through the link up.


The Search for WondLa
by Tony DiTerlizzi

Eva Nine is a curious and sensitive twelve-year-old who has existed only in a subterranean home called Sanctuary, cared for by a robot named Muthr. Eva’s great desire is to go aboveground, and her wish comes true, though not as she had imagined. On the surface, Eva goes in search of other humans–she has never met one–and soon meets both friend and foe.

I’ve been interested in this one since I saw Regan @ PeruseProject talk about how good the series was. I just think this sounds like so much fun and such an epic adventure. I also really like the font of the title but perhaps I shouldn’t use that as a reason for why I want to read it . . .



 Tell the Wind and Fire
by Sarah Rees Brennan

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets. 
Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.
Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.
Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?
Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan tells a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.

This was a new release this year and I just need to get a copy of it, *stomps foot*. If I didn’t have half a million other books I was planning on reading first I can guarantee you that I would have this in my hands. I think it’s a mysterious title for a mysterious sounding book. I really love the idea of a city divided by light and dark. I haven’t heard too much in the way of whether this is good or not but fingers crossed!



Captive Prince
by C. S. Pacat

“This was Vere, voluptuous and decadent, country of honeyed poison”
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country. 
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

I’m not going to lie, the only reason (just about) that I’m almost desperate to give this series a go is because I’ve seen so much of it lately. Recently, the Aussie Book Club read this as their book of the month so my Instagram was basically screaming at me to read this. So you win, Instagram, I’m totally going to read this soon now. I have a sneaky suspicion it might just break my heart, though.



by Naomi Novik

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

I managed to completely not jump on the bandwagon when this one was rampaging through the bookish community. I’ve heard so many amazing things about Uprooted, it’s crazy. I can’t wait until I do finally read this book because I think it is definitely up my alley.



Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s
by Jennifer Worth

An unforgettable story of the joy of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the hope of one extraordinary woman
At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London-from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can’t speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side-illuminate a fascinating time in history. Beautifully written and utterly moving, The Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.

Recently, I’ve been watching an unhealthy amount of Call the Midwife because that TV series is FABULOUS. So of course, lately, all I can think about is how much I would really like to pick up a copy of Jennifer’s memoirs myself and have a read. If it’s anything like the show then it’ll be beyond amazing.



by Amy Bai

Sword shall guide the hands of men . . .
For over a thousand years the kingdom of Lardan has been at peace: isolated from the world, safe from the wars of its neighbors, slowly forgetting the wild and deadly magic of its origins. Now the deepest truths of the past and the darkest predictions for the future survive only in the verses of nursery rhymes.
For over a thousand years, some of Lardan’s fractious provinces have been biding their time.
Kyali Corwynall is the daughter of the Lord General, a child of one of the royal Houses, and the court’s only sword-wielding girl. She has known for all of her sixteen years what the future holds for her–politics and duty, the management of a House, and protecting her best friend, the princess and presumed heir to the throne. But one day an old nursery rhyme begins to come true, an ancient magic wakes, and the future changes for everyone. In the space of a single night her entire life unravels into violence and chaos. Now Kyali must find a way to master the magic her people have left behind, or watch her world–and her closest friends–fall to a war older than the kingdom itself.

Who can guess why I want this one? Oh look at that, you all got it right. HOW PRETTY IS THE COVER? I absolutely, definitely need this book because it’s so pretty my eyes hurt. It also distinctly reminds me of Merida from Brave. But anything that has something to do with a nursery rhyme coming true – COUNT ME IN.



by Gene Showalter

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.
There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.
In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

I absolutely adore the premise for this book. I’ve heard a number of mixed things about it but I’ve already decided that I’m probably going to absolutely love it. I love that there’s this second life and a war between good and evil essentially. I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet.



 Where Futures Ends
by Parker Peevyhouse

Five teens.
Five futures.
Two worlds.
One ending.
One year from now, Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world.
Ten years from now, Brixney must get more hits on her social media feed or risk being stuck in a debtors’ colony.
Thirty years from now, Epony scrubs her entire online profile from the web and goes “High Concept.”
Sixty years from now, Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard.
And more than a hundred years from now, Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all. 
Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior–unless it’s too late.

I find the concept of this book absolutely fascinating. Admittedly, after struggling through David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas I’ve been really interested in books where people in different times have some sort of connection with each other. I haven’t heard too much about this one but boy oh boy am I intrigued.



 The Sword of Shannara
by Terry Brooks

Long ago, wars of ancient Evil ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races – gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles until giant, forbidding Allanon, with strange Druidic powers, reveals a supposedly-dead Warlock Lord plots to destroy the world. 
The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, only usable by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races. Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flies into the Vale to kill Shea. To save the Vale, Shea flees, drawing the Skull Bearer after him.

I have recently declared myself to be a Terry Brooks addict, after reading exactly one of his books, of course. I read Wards of Faerie which just blew my socks off. It was everything I ever wanted from a High Fantasy book, I loved the world and characters, and most importantly I LOVED his writing. So I obviously need to read the originally books in the series – no question about that!



 Princess of Thorns
by Stacey Jay

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.
Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.
Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

Aside from the fact that I love the sound of this book, Cait @ Paper Fury freaks out every time this book is mentioned which has made me nearly buy it at least 20 times by now (and then I look guiltily at all the other books I have and put it down #sigh). But I mean, Game of Thrones meets Grimm’s Fairytales? CAN I HAVE THIS ALREADY.


 What book gives you serious grabby-hands?

 Share your thoughts below!

End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~


14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Gift Card of Dreams

  1. I’m definitely ading call the midwife to my list. I always thought it would be boring, blame the cover for that, but you made it sounds pretty nice.

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  2. I hadn’t realized how big Uprooted was going to get until after it came out (since I got lucky with an ARC), but I did absolutely love it. Previous to that, I wasn’t really a big Temeraire fan, so Novik coming out with a standalone fantasy made me love her. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too, it really was quite a lovely story.

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