Top 5 Books I Want For Christmas!

Santa’s coming!!!! EEEK! I’m so close to FINALLY being done and ready for christmas. Little by little, the stress is starting to fall away and I can hopefully enjoy christmas. The amount of stress I’ve had to deal with this December has been unreal! But I’m almost ready and I can’t wait to see my kids on Christmas morning! So in honour of Santa’s pending arrival, I wanted to take the last T5T topic of the year to talk about the books I hope to get for Christmas – And I also want to see what you’re hoping to get too!

Thirteen Rising

THIRTEEN RISING by Romina Russell

This is the fourth and final book in the Zodiac series and I need to know what happens! I read the first three books in the series over a 3 month period and have become completely obsessed with the world and all its complexities. Anything related to zodiac signs is amazing, but to have an entire space system with a planet (or cluster of planets) all ruled by a different zodiac sign is genius! And each planet is so very different. Everything from the people, the plants strengths, and their technology. If you love science fiction and amazing world building – this is a must!

All rights reserved

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

The premise of this one sounds far too interesting to pass up! Every word and gesture is trademarked, copyrighted, and owned. So all the words you speak are worth money – every time you nod your head, you owe money – even names of your children are purchased! Everything you do can put you into a debt you can’t crawl out of. When a friend of hers chooses to commit suicide instead of dealing with the crippling debt his family owes, the main character decides to stay silent and the outcomes could cause more problems than she imagines. Does that not sound amazing?! I’ve heard some conflicting reviews on this one but the premise hooked me completely and I can’t wait to read it!!


HORRORSTOR by Grady Hendrix

I’m sure you all remember my obsession with My Best Friends Exorcism by the same author…. I talked about it enough!! LOL! I was initially obsessed with the cover but I didn’t expect much from the writing. It seemed like just an ok idea. But once I read it I was happy to announce that the inside matched the outside! His books have the theme of a parody story – something that is meant to be somewhat funny and not taken seriously. But before you know it you’re completely enveloped in the story and forgot that you thought it wasn’t going to be good. Turns out its amazing! If you can’t tell, this is a take on a mystery that plays out in an Ikea type store. Employees show up to work and find the store trashed. To solve the mystery, they offer to work a night shift when the store is closed. It’s haunted Ikea people – and I’m all in for it!

The Power

THE POWER by Naomi Alderman

This one has come highly recommended to me by a few people that I trust completely. They fell in love with it and said it was far better than they could have imagined. When I read the synopsis a while back, the premise sounded great but I was afraid of the execution. I’ve been assured that there’s nothing to worry about! I don’t know a whole lot about this one to be honest. All I know is that suddenly women have the power to inflict pain and death with their hands……. weird, vague, powerful, and interesting!

Sing unburied sing


I know that I’m not going to do this book justice by explaining it so I will paste the Goodreads synopsis here. I’ve read quite a few really impacting books this year and I need more. I’ve read a few reviews of this one and they fell in love with it. Here’s what it’s about:

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use.

When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.

BONUS (because I’m having a hard time limiting this just to 5 books!)

Little fires everywhere


This is an author that has been on my radar for a while now. Her other book (Everything I Never Told You) was everywhere last year. I wanted to pick it up but I was in such a fantasy mood I wasn’t read for it. But now, after months of hearing nothing but praise for this author, I think it’s time I figure out what all the fuss is about!




This was a fun list to make and if I get these then I will be so excited! But honestly I don’t care what I get. It’s more important to me to see the smiles on my kids faces. Though, if I only got ONE thing this Christmas, it would be to get a Fairyloot subscription! I’m crossing my fingers to their breaking point!!

I also wanted to take a minute and thank each and every one of you who has participated over the last few months! When I started this over a year ago, I just wanted to make a list each week with different topics. It was only a personal thing. Then people started asking if they could join in. Sure! More the merrier! But I never imagined it would turn into what it has today. So a heart felt thanks to all of you who follow along with me on these crazy Tuesday’s!

The topics for January will be posted in the first week of 2018. I hope to see you then!

Until next time, happy reading!

44 Comments Add yours

  1. Holly says:

    Oooh I just read the synopsis for The Power and it sounds SO INTENSE. And if Margaret Atwood has a blurb on the cover, then you know it has to be good! 🙂

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    1. I haven’t read any Margaret Atwood yet – which is a particular shame since she’s a fellow Canadian!! But my mom has her books and I plan to read them soon!

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  2. Yesssss to All Rights Reserved! I can’t wait for it!!! Also The Power sounds really interesting!

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  3. Nia says:

    After reading how much you loved Zodiac, I couldn’t help but buy it! I’ve heard amazing things about Little Fires Everywhere, but I want to reas first her debut novel and if I like that, then I’ll be picking this one as well!

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    1. You picked up Zodiac? Oh I hope you love it as much as I do!!!

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  4. Great choices! I would love to get Sing Unburied Sing as well. It sounds amazing and I have only heard good things about it!

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  5. Omg Horrorstör? That sounds awesome! I wish I was even close to being ready for Christmas! Normally, I’m ready by the beginning of December but this year life had other plans for me. Merry Christmas 😗

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    1. Same!! I’m almost always done by the end of November beginning of December. This is so stressful!!! I hope you have an amazing Christmas 🎄


  6. I’m definitely going to check out All Rights Reserved. that sounds fascinating!

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    1. I’ve heard some mixed reviews for it but it still sounds amazing!

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  7. Dreamy Reads says:

    Great list! I hope you get all these books and more for Christmas. And also Merry Christmas.

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  8. Elley says:

    I’m new to your Top 5 Tuesday (tag? meme? what is it?) but I found it over on Spine Cracker’s blog, so I made a post as well. 🙂 Now I’m following you and looking forward to future T5T topics in 2018!! 🙂

    here’s mine:

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    1. Thanks so much for joining in! I added you to the list this week. Because we are on different blogging platforms I may not get notifications – not sure how that works. If you link a specific post of mine and not just my main website address, it may send me a message telling me you linked a post to me. That’s the best way to make sure I see your posts 🙂

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  9. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Interesting choices as usual Shanah. I have none of them on my list to be published… in a few hours lol

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  10. All of these books sound amazing! I’m so excited about All Rights Reserved, I’m hoping it’s really good!

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  11. The Power and Little Fires Everywhere were on my list too! They both sound so interesting!

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  12. J.W. Martin says:

    All Rights Reserved is probably number 1 on my list. And Horrorstör sounds kind of awesome. I wonder if I’d have retail flashbacks. Lol.

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    1. Retail flashbacks would be plenty I’m assuming!

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  13. Marie says:

    Oh this is an interesting list! I haven’t read any of these, but All Rights Reserved sounds really interesting, I love that premise 🙂

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  14. I need to finally start the Zodiac series, it sounds really good! And omg yes a Fairyloot subscription would be AWESOME. Crossing my fingers for you!

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  15. All Rights Reserved sounds very interesting indeed. I hope Santa treats you well this Christmas!!!
    Top 5 Tuesday is definitely a fantastic meme to participate in. Thanks for hosting.

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  16. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Soo I’m late as usual but I made it! Here is my link and Merry Christmas Shanah!

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    1. No worries. Sorry I didn’t get the chance to add you yesterday – Christmas is so crazy this year! I haven’t stopped running. Adding you very soon!


  17. Wow I’ve got so many great books to add to my 2018 TBR after all of these amazing bloggers joined in yesterday! What a great end to the year it’s been joining in with T5T, thanks😊

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    1. Thanks for joining in with me 🙂

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  18. LairOfBooks says:

    LOVING this list Shanah! throw a little Fiction in the mix, that’s my motto for 2018! lol, these are all such great picks. I have Power, Little Fires Everywhere, and Sing Unburied Sing from Book of the Month that I really should’ve read by now *for shame* looking forward to your thoughts on these & hope you get all the books you want underneath your Christmas tree 🙂

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    1. I hope you can get to them soon! But like you said before, backlist books are a problem! Especially when you get so many amazing ones all at once!

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      1. LairOfBooks says:

        Thank you Shanah! & yea lol, my TBR is crushing me lol 🙂

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  19. I hope you get everyone on your list. I’ve heard GREAT things about Little Fires Everywhere. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

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  20. ignitedmoth says:

    Nice list! I hope you wind up getting all the books you’re hoping for (and maybe even a few more on top of that) for Christmas! 😉
    Have a happy holiday and excellent new year! ❤

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    1. Thanks!! And happy holidays to you too! 🎄

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