Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. As Christmas is just a few days away this week it’s all about what books you’d like to receive from Santa – or just generally what books you’d like to come into your life soon.
A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska
Set in 1984, A Spare Life follows twins who are conjoined at the head, their life as they grow up considered freaks by even their family, and how they struggle to decide if they want to be surgically separated from one another.
Running by Natalia Sylvester
I saw Rincey from RinceyReads post about this book on Instagram and that sparked my interest.
Selfie and Other Stories by Nora Nadjarian
I love a short story collection to help me out with my Read the World Project. This one seems to be stories about women, in love, in confusion, in isolation – seems very fitting for 2020.
The Equestrienne by Uršuľa Kovalyk
A coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who lives in a small town in the east of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and finds friendship and confidence by joining a riding school.
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
A video from MyNameIsMarines is what brought this book to my attention. Think it’ll be one of those hard-hitting books but a good one.
In Praise of Love and Children by Beryl Gilroy
This is set in 1950s London and follows a Guyanese woman who, without an extended family support system or an understanding of her new home, finds comfort in her work with troubled children of fellow black settlers
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
This is one that got a lot of hype on Twitter when the character dynamics were likened to Finn and Poe from Star Wars, but the gayness is text rather than subtext. It’s been a long time since I’ve read some proper sci-fi, space adventures.
In the Forests of Freedom: The Fighting Maroons of Dominica by Lennox Honychurch
This is a non-fiction book about who the Maroons, escaped slaves, of the Caribbean island of Dominica challenged the colonial powers in a heroic struggle to create a free and self-sufficient society.
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
I’ve heard good things about this book (my pal Ellie from Curiosity Killed the Bookworm even recommended it to me recently), it’s an alternate timeline where women are a lot more involved in the space programme.
The Radiance of the King by Camara Laye
The Radiance of the King is among the earliest major works in Francophone African literature and another book for my Read the World Project. It follows Clarence, a white man, who’s been shipwrecked on the coast of Africa and demands to see the king.
I hope you all have as good a Christmas/break as you can in these unusual times, and you get some great books.
Great list! I’ve heard really good things about Bonds of Brass. Merry Christmas!
Thanks! And Happy Christmas to you too! 😀
The Calculating Stars and A Heart in a Body in the World are both excellent. I hooe Santa brings them for you.
Ooh that’s good to hear. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
The Calculating Stars was a good read. Enjoy.
I love it when a book has multiple people saying good things about it, I feel like I just can’t be disappointed by it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I hope you enjoy these when you get the chance! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!
I hadn’t heard of these, so it was fun to read through your wants. I hope you get them!
Thanks! One of my favourite things about Top Ten Tuesday is discovering new books – though my debit card isn’t always that happy about it 😉
I’m going to have to take note of this list.. I’ve read some of your recommendations before and as you know..I loved them!
Aw shucks! That’s the best compliment ever! Hope you like them if you get to some of these books before me! 🙂
I hope Santa brings all these for you! Running is on my list too.
Thanks! I’m loving the more political contemporary YA stories we seem to be getting nowadays.
I’ve been meaning to read Bonds of Brass!
It looks like so much fun!
These look nice, and I’ve seen some good reviews for The Calculating Stars too.
Thanks! I hope the hype doesn’t end up getting too much when I finally get around to reading it.
Great list! I’ve never heard of A Spare Life, but it sounds fascinating. I love The Calculating Stars! Probably on my permanent list of all-time faves! I’m about to start the 3rd book in the series this week. I hope you get at least some of what you’re hoping for!
I did thanks! Even got a copy of A Spare Life! Ooh I really need to get my hands on a copy of The Calculating Stars soon.
I love the sound of The Equestrienne, I’d never heard of it! The Radiance of the King also sounds so interesting. I hope you get a chance to read these! 🙂
Thanks! I got The Equestrienne for Christmas and it’s gonna be my next read 🙂
I’ve never heard of any of these books so thanks for sharing!
No problem! 🙂
I keep hearing so many great things about The Calculating Stars, and I have a copy waiting for me on my Kindle. Fingers crossed it’s as good as it sounds!
Ooh happy reading!
I’m not familiar with any of these, I’ll have to look some up 😊
One of my favourite things about TTT is discovering new books 🙂