Top Ten Tuesday: The Polar Express

One could say that I am somewhat excited for this Sunday (it’s Christmas, in case you forgot). I am a very excited bubble of ARGH *throws icing sugar into air* at this time of year because HELLO. Food + Presents + Family Time + Christmas Carols + Sunny Days + Pool Time + Chocolate = Yes. Which of course means that today we’re all going to ponder over the possibility of me receiving any of these following books on Sunday morning.


This week’s theme is:

Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

I have to say, I’m frequently surprised by the number of bookworms that claim they do not receive books at Christmas or birthdays (or any other time when receiving a book is apt). GUYS: get yourself in the game! I have a rigorous system wherein I use the shareable Wishlist you can create on the Book Depository (although you can do this on almost any online bookstore) and send it to my parents – this is important that it’s just to them. Because then there are no double ups: they’re in charge of the list (which contains approximately 400+ books) and don’t have to put much effort in.

Seeing as I have done the leg work and over many, many years collected these books on this list they’re safe to buy any of them. I go through it each year, culling those I’ve lost interest in, and they can then dictate to other friendly faces which books to buy me. See? Fool proof. I have no idea what I’m getting but I know that it’s something I’ll love. That way, people can feel confident buying me a book as a present. I AM GENIUS.

But now I’ve made this section really long (I have a bad habit of doing that, don’t I?). Well, the point is I’m going to pick 10 books (I promise just 10) that I’m excited to get my hands on because I am – although I could just list my entire Wishlist, but I’ll restrain myself.

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 Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater

book one in the Raven Cycle

young adult, fantasy

Because, yes, I have not read this. One day, I shall endeavour to start this series but I shan’t personally buy it for myself until I’ve finished off some of the other series I have on the go. BUT DANG WOULDN’T IT BE EXCITING IF THIS WAS UNDER THE TREE?



The Assassin’s Curse

by Cassandra Rose Clarke

book one in The Assassin’s Curse series

young adult, fantasy

This book has ceased to exist – LIKE ANYWHERE DAMNIT – so if Santa could be oh so magical and conjure this book back from the dead and under my tree I would faint with excitement.



Never Fade

by Alexandra Bracken

book two in The Darkest Minds series

young adult, sci-fi, dystopia

Um, excuse me? Yes, you there. Are you questioning this choice? HAVE YOU EVEN READ BOOK ONE. I don’t think you understand – my heart, it hurts. Bracken thought it would be fun to STAB HER READERS BRUTALLY at the end of this book. So yes, put this under the tree please thank you very much kindly and to you.



Bloodfire Quest

by Terry Brooks

book two in The Dark Legacy of Shannara series

epic fantasy

I’ve become strangely obsessed with Brooks’ books (ooh, that was a tongue twister). I’ve read exactly one of his books, the first book in this series, AND I NEED THE REST. The last book left us on the mother of all cliff hangers and I’m positively gasping to know where the story goes next!



Gathering Darkness

by Morgan Rhodes

book three in the Falling Kingdoms series

young adult, epic fantasy

*has heart palpatations, chokes, gasps, gestures maniacally*



Peggy & Me

by Miranda Hart

non-fiction, autobiography, humour

This woman is my soulmate. I read Hart’s original autobiography this year and it was honest to god one of the most hilarious reads ever. She’s one of my favourite human beings of ever and YAY here’s another book from her!



The Philosopher Kings

by Jo Walton

book two in the Thessaly series

sci-fi, philosophy

This is the second book in a series that absolutely could have finished after book one but IT DIDN’T SO NOW I NEED THE NEXT ONE. I can’t wait to see what Walton does next, but it’s sure to be messy and glorious.



 The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

historical fiction (WWII)

Because if I don’t read this one soon, Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom might accidentally kill me in my sleep. I’M SORRY. I said I’d read it ages ago and I want to but . . . *flails desperately*. Quick! Someone put it under my tree.



Mortal Engines

by Philip Reeve

book one in The Hungry City Chronicles

young adult, sci-fi, steampunk

I think there’s a movie being made of this one and it has a lovely cover so obviously I need this book ASAP so I can sit in the cinema with my imaginary glasses on and critique it to the nth degree.



Salt & Stone

by Victoria Scott

book two in the Fire & Flood series

young adult, sci-fi, dystopia

One does not simply stop reading this series after book one. I absolutely need to know where this goes next. This book is within that category of books which are my weakness: the books that, Indiana Jones-style, put their characters through a series of life-threatening tests to reach their goal. GIMME.


What book are you hoping for this festive season?

Firstly, I still can’t believe that Christmas is already here, though. It feels like yesterday I was doing Christmas for 2015. Secondly, that was really hard to keep to just 10. But voila! A more or less random selection of books that I’m way too excited about.

 Share your thoughts below!

End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~


10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The Polar Express

  1. WAIT WAIT WAIT. WHY HAVE YOU NOT READ THE RAVEN BOYS, KIRSTIE?!?! *breaks a plate* THAT IS MY FAVOURITE SERIES OF EVER AND I DEMAND YOU READ IT ASAP. Definitely underline that one on the wish list *nods*
    And omg I’m one of these sad fiends that never gets given books. Like, literally the ONLY time my parents have given me books for Christmas is a Hunger Games boxset because I literally circled it 100000 times in a Big W catalogue and stuck it to my face and talked about it for 78 hours straight in one day. So. They did get the point. But they think I have enough books?!?!? I don’t even know what to do with this family of mine. Sell them on etsy probably.

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    1. *ducks from flying china* I realise now that I probably shouldn’t have mentioned by failed to read that series publicly when you might be around 😂

      Ugh, you need new parents. Definitely. Maybe encourage them to hire gift buyers who will satisfy your bookish needs? I think this to be an excellent idea.

      Thank you ❤️

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  2. Great picks for this wee Kirstie. I’ve only read the first three of yours myself but The Raven Boys is one of my all-time favourite series so I really really hope you enjoy that one, and I loved both The Assassin’s Curse and Never Fade too.
    I hope you manage to get some, if not all, these books for Christmas. If not maybe gift cards so you can buy the rest yourself! 😀 I definitely can’t believe Christmas is practically here either but, well, it’s the perfect excuse to buy more books isn’t it? 😀

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  3. I hope you received some of these bad boys for Christmas?!?!?! Do tell! Unless of course that is in a post later down the line… I am behind on my posts obviously so I may answer this question as I go along. Obviously I hope you received The Nightingale lol I’ll forgive you for not reading it yet… especially since I cannot remember which book I said I would read as part of our pact lol

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    1. Hahah were terrible, I’ll be 9817 years old before I read the Nightingale 😂I’m thinking I’ll probably get the eBook and read it when I’m over in America seeing as I won’t have my usual TBR to work from. I can’t remember the book we said you’d read either.

      I did receive two from this list! Obviously I have an enormous Wishlist that my family etc pick from so the chances of it being any of these is remote – I think I got about 8 books all up but I’ll show you them all in a bit more detail in my Dec book haul (which I’ll hopefully have up next week, I’m very disorganised. I hope you haven’t noticed that I’m cutting super fine for my Past to Paper … 😂)

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