Hi everyone! Today I am going to be sharing some books that are on my Christmas list this year. Do I really need more books? Not really, but there’s nothing like receiving a book for a gift so uh I made a list anyway. I blame the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales which have gotten me excited to buy books.
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
This book has a long title so I’ve just been referring to it as “King of Elfame.” I read The Folk of The Air series last year and while it isn’t my favourite series ever, it was definitely a lot of fun. I’m mostly interested in reading this to find out more about Cardan’s backstory. My friend Kayla actually recently did a review of the book here. I have a feeling I will agree with her thoughts on the stories as I enjoy novellas, but of course, they do not compare to a full-length book in the series. I have seen lots of comments about how fantastic the art is, so that is something I would definitely treasure if I was given this book for Christmas.
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
I came across this book on Indigo’s “Best Teen Books of 2020” list and was instantly intrigued. We Are Not Free is a fictional historical novel about a group of second-generation Japanese-American teenagers who are detained during WWII. It sounds like it will be a heartbreaking story, but also hopeful as this group of teenagers must come together in the face of discrimination. It’s a new release but already has great reviews on Goodreads. I’m a sucker for books that focus on friend and family relationships so I think this book will be right up my alley. This semester, I also got the chance to take a Sociology course on race and immigration. It was a fantastic class and has definitely inspired me to seek out more migrant and immigration-related stories. Also isn’t this the coolest cover ever?
The Poppy War by R.F Kuang
The Poppy War is the first book in a high fantasy series. It has been all over Book Twitter and I have heard nothing short of amazing things about it. For these reasons (fantasy lover here) I had to add the first book to my Christmas list. It does seem to be quite a heavy read and is not YA, but part of the adult genre. Reading more about it, I have found out that it is a Chinese-inspired historical fantasy, which sounds incredible and unlike anything I have read before! I have seen so many emotional posts about it too, so safe to say I am ready to have my heart destroyed.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Lastly Circe! I am a Greek mythology fan thanks to Percy Jackson as I’m sure many of my fellow readers are. :’) I did get to take a Greek mythology class earlier this year which was super cool and I finally read some Homer. Still, I can’t help but remember Circe as the goddess who turns Percy into a guinea pig in The Sea of Monsters. So, that has definitely made me want to read this, along with the great things I’ve heard about Miller’s writing.
Have you read any of these books? (What are your non-spoilery thoughts?) Are you asking for any books this year?