It’s the best time of the year! The weather is cold and makes you wear layers and curl up under a blanket with a hot beverage, reading a book or watching something. It’s also the gift-giving and receiving time of the year. Everyone’s in a good mood—wishing others the best time during break, going shopping for themselves and others, and spend time with their loved ones.
December is pretty much the best month of the year, and it is even for me without Christmas all around IRL*. Why? Because my birthday is this month! And I actually CAN make wishlist posts along with everyone else—but for my birthday and not Christmas.
*The internet is COMPLETELY under Christmas’s spell.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings (If you celebrate a different Winter holiday, adapt this topic to fit it!).
Let’s dive in!
 How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering life by Lilly Singh
I read this book a while back and WOW IT’S SO GOOD!
I have a confession: I LOVE motivational things—whether it’s books, talks, YouTuber videos. If it’s done well, I will take it all to heart. So when I borrowed this book, which has been written BRILLIANTLY, I got so into it. Every single chapter has a point and in the way she talks in her videos, she’s given advice. There are jokes, sarcastic comments, TV show references but she brings it all to work for the main point. She also explains using her life experiences.
It’s also one of those books which you should read again and again, especially when you require some motivation. And I want this book on my shelf to read again and again. IT motivated me so much to the way I do things and it motivated me to work harder—both in academics and my blog.
 Warcross by Marie Lu
I read this as an ebook because physical copies weren’t available in my country yet, and it BLEW ME AWAY. I love the concepts of the book—how it revolves around technology, coding and gaming. Professional gaming.
I have also never read a book with a futuristic setting where it’s main focal point is technology. And the way the world in this book is obsessed with the Warcross game, it seems real! I totally expect a game like this to come up sometime in the future which becomes a worldwide obsession—kind of like Stranger Things has now.
When paperbacks were available to order online, they were expensive and now the price is low but I’m broke as heck. I really want it in my hands.
UPDATE: The day after this blog post went up I went to the bookstore and bought myself Warcross. I am my own partner, gifter, lover, best friend, everything. I will gift Warcross to myself.
 Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
I am complete Shadowhunter trash and I do not have any shame in admitting it. I would shout it to the world, if I had to. I am in LOVE with the world Cassie Clare writes about, and I really hope that she doesn’t stop writing books set in this world any time soon. As she writes more books, her stories become better and better.
I loved TMI, but it was too long and slightly stretched out, I felt. Still, I loved the Shadowhunter world. Then I read The Infernal Devices, which was slightly better. And then she wrote Lady Midnight which was BRILLIANT. I FELL IN LOVE. There’s way more than romance in this trilogy—there’s family bonding and diversity, but the thing I love most is the family part. I still love Julian and Emma, and Ty and Kit but the Blackthorn family as a whole has captured my heart.
Lord of Shadows BROKE my heart and my wallet was already broke so I couldn’t buy it. Yet. I will own the whole trilogy one day soon, just you wait.
 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Despite being one of the most popular YA books, I still haven’t read this. And believe me, I’m ashamed. The love this book has received from the book community is outstanding. I don’t know when I’ll be able to get my hands on a copy and read it, but I really REALLY want to.
I read a lot of books as ebooks. But there are always some books that you want to own as physical copies, and I have a habit of buying books I’ve loved after I’ve read them. But for books like this, I just have to have the paperback to read it. But I WILL read it.
 Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
I’ll be honest, prior to writing about this book I didn’t really know what this book is about. BUT I’ve heard really good things about it and have seen it around a lot. And I want it purely for that GORGEOUS COVER. My bookstagram heart is in love and I. WANT. IT.
(speaking of, go follow me on bookstagram! #shamelesspromo)
It’s got diversity, has a really cute story and involves writing a book in FOUR MONTHS. Tanner took up this class on a dare, is a first timer in writing and I’m really looking forward to seeing how he does it.
Update: I finished reading it and I really liked it! 4/5 stars.
 The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
(Fun fact: While typing Thorns I typed Thornes instead. The number of “Thorne”-named characters have led me to this moment. Now all I need is to accidentally send an essay or something with this mistake lol)
I read The Six of Crows duology and loved it so much! The characters and the story were written BEAUTIFULLY. My heart broke in Crooken Kingdom, no lie. Especially with the last scene. I still swoon thinking about it and it’s been months since I read it.
I’ve been seeing this book around a lot, especially showcasing the illustrations and oh wow the book is so pretty! I’m not a fan of short stories but I’m sure I’ll love these. Even if I don’t I’ll have a really pretty book for bookstagram. #priorities
 Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
I’m sure this book is really good but I don’t know much about it. I want it for the cover.
I promise I’m not this book-cover-hungry always but cAN YOU BLAME ME? Just look at all the pretty covers and editions that keep coming out! And I’m too broke to buy a coffee, let alone a book!
But anyway, I want Ivory and Bone for this beautiful cover and my bookstagram heart swells just looking at it. And I’m not judging the book by it’s cover.. I simply want the book for it’s cover and we’ll see the story later. *sweet, innocent smile*
 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (10th anniversary edition)
I read the whole TMI and TID series by borrowing books from the library. The one time I had some cash, I bought City of Heavenly Fire and I don’t really have rest of the TMI books. And I never really wanted them because the covers weren’t too appealing but THIS EDITION IS EYE-CAPTURING.
This HAS to be on my bookshelf. I’ve been seeing other bloggers and bookstagrammers take pictures with this edition and I’ve been silently crying but it’s okay. I will have it. Maybe. Hopefully.
I just really want it 😦 Buut I probably won’t. I saw the price on Amazon and my heart died for a second. Hopes have vanished.
 Shades of Magic #2 and #3 by V. E. Schwab
First of all, Schwab is queen. That needs to be known.
I got ADSOM (book 1) using an Amazon.com gift card I had and shipped it to myself. I spend over $9 of a $15 dollar gift card for shipping. But, it was cheaper than paying out of my pocket and buying in Amazon.in.
Safe to say, the prices of books 2 and 3 are a little more and I probably won’t buy them until I get a job. BUT, I can wish for it, right? I really really love this series and want the whole trilogy in my shelf so bad.
 Dear Martin by Nic Stone
I’ll be honest, after the above 9 I didn’t have anything come to my head immediately. So I scrolled through my Goodreads TBR and picked this. The story sounds really captivating, I’ve heard AMAZING reviews from others online and I can’t wait to read this.
John Green himself tweeted that he loved this book and I NEED NO MORE. At the end of my wishlist, but I would really really love to have this book.
So those were my 10 (or 11) most-wished for books! I’ll see you tomorrow with another Blogmas post. Adios!
Do you celebrate Christmas? What’s on your wishlist this year? Are there any books from my list that you really want as well? Are you a bookstagrammer with a hear for pretty covers too? Let me know everything in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to add a link to your TTT post in case you’ve published one 🙂