My Christmas (Book) list 2020


Hi everyone!

I’m back with a new blog and this time is a very self indulgent one! I’m sharing my Christmas list in hopes that it reaches a certain Mr. Claus in the North Pole.*wink* *wink* 

For some reason, even though my family and friends know about my huge and unhealthy obsession with books, I never get any books for Christmas, like why? What else can they possible give me that I would want more? So, this year I sat down, deciding to be a good person and make things easier for them, and I actually made them a list with all the books I want for Christmas. Yes, that’s right. I send it to them with very bold letters. More simpler couldn’t be! Now, I just need to patiently wait for Christmas day and hope for the best. 

Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to share the list I made with you all! Let’s get started then:

(The list was actually a little longer, but I decided to made it a little short for your sakes*)

1-The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, LGBT

Synopsis:

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

I’m dying to read this book! Since it came out I have been looking to purchase it, but is just too expensive, specially because I want the hardcover edition. So, that’s the reason why this is the first book on my list! (I really really want it haha)

2-Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery

Synopsis:

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Okey, this book is from Leigh Bardugo, who never disappoints, and also is Dark Academia, which I’m obsessed with, so this is basically the perfect book for me. Again, the hardcover editions was pretty expensive and out of my budget, so really hoping I get it for Christmas this year!

3-The Odyssey: A Translation by Emily Wilson 

Genre: Classics

Synopsis:

Composed at the rosy-fingered dawn of world literature almost three millennia ago, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

This fresh, authoritative translation captures the beauty of this ancient poem as well as the drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, none more so than the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this version as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.

Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, Emily Wilson’s Odyssey sings with a voice that echoes Homer’s music; matching the number of lines in the Greek original, the poem sails along at Homer’s swift, smooth pace.

A fascinating, informative introduction explores the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the poem’s major themes, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this is an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of readers.

If you know me, you may know that I’m obsessed with Greek Mythology and in love with The Iliad. So, when I found out about this translation, by the one and only Madeline Miller (The Song of Achilles and Circe), it became pretty clear that I needed it in my life. So, please Santa!

4-Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

I really enjoyed the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, and the vibes of this book just sound amazing. Pretty excited to read it and hopefully to receive it this Christmas.

5-Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Genre: Fantasy, YA, LGBT

Synopsis:

A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas’s paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as “groundbreaking.”

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

I just need this book. Looks, sound and is amazing (I have seen all the great reviews). I was really hoping to read it during October or at least before “Dia de Muertos”, but the price was pretty high during that time, so now I’m asking for Santa’s help. haha

6-The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Chiltern Publishing edition)

Genre: Classics, Fiction

Synopsis:

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.

I have no other reason for having this book, but just being in love with the cover. I already own two different editions of The Picture of Dorian Gray, but is that enough? Is there a limit for having different copies of your favorite book? Can you ever get tired of Oscar Wilde? I don’t think so.

7-How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Synopsis:

An illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black.

An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.

Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone . #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

I want it. I need it. I cannot posible live with out it. That’t basically it. (Yeah, I’m pretty dramatic. I know)

8-The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Fantasy, YA, LGBT

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu comes the second book in the Eldest Curses series and a thrilling new adventure for High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood, for whom a death-defying mission into the heart of evil is not just a job, it’s also a romantic getaway. The Lost Book of the White is a Shadowhunters novel.

Life is good for Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. They’re living together in a fabulous loft, their warlock son, Max, has started learning to walk, and the streets of New York are peaceful and quiet—as peaceful and quiet as they ever are, anyway.

Until the night that two old acquaintances break into Magnus’s apartment and steal the powerful Book of the White. Now Magnus and Alec will have to drop everything to get it back. They need to follow the thieves to Shanghai, they need to call some backup to accompany them, and they need a babysitter.

Also, someone has stabbed Magnus with a strange magical weapon and the wound is glowing, so they have that to worry about too.

Fortunately, their backup consists of Clary, Jace, Isabelle, and newly minted Shadowhunter Simon. In Shanghai, they learn that a much darker threat awaits them. Magnus’s magic is growing unstable, and if they can’t stop the demons flooding into the city, they might have to follow them all the way back to the source—to the very realm of the dead. Can they stop the threat to the world? Will they make it back home before their kid completely wears out Alec’s mom?

I’m ashamed that I still not have this book. How can I call myself a MALEC fan and still not have read The Lost Book of the White? Again, I think because of the pandemic, prices went higher that what I was used to (As a person that buys in Amazon and lives in Mexico), so it really went very out of my budget. But, hopefully Santa fixes that very soon.

9-Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Synopsis:

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

The hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times and IndieBound bestseller Serpent & Dove—packed with even steamier romance and darker magic—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas. 

Loved Serpent & Dove. Need Blood & Honey as soon as possible, preferably under my Christmas Tree.

10-A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Synopsis:

Prepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir’s beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm?

Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off…

The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.

At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory–or to an unimaginable doom.

And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life–and love–he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save–or destroy–all that he knows.

And last but not least, this amazing book! I haven’t read it but I know it will not disappoint. Also, is the last book in the An Ember in the Ashes series, which is one of my favorites, so I’m very excited. Really hoping to get it this Christmas!


Hope you enjoy it! Let me know all your thoughts in the comments. Also, let me know some of the books that are on your own Christmas list for this year!

Love,

Drea. 

20 thoughts on “My Christmas (Book) list 2020”

  1. I hope your bookish Christmas wishes come true Drea! I also adore Greek mythology but have yet to read the Iliad or the Odyssey (shocking I know) so thank you for putting this translation on my radar! Dorian Gray is a favourite of mine too but I only have a boring scholarly edition so now you’ve made me want to get a prettier version! 📚❤️ X x x

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  2. Great list! There are so many here I’d also love to receive! In particular King of Elfame and Kingdom of the Wicked! I have Priory of the orange tree and I need to start reading it

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