Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Hope Santa Brings

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

A pile of Christmas presents wa rapped in red, white, and green paper with colourful festive bows on them. The original prompt for this week was ‘Books I Hope Santa Brings.”

My to-read list is already so long that I decided to tweak it a little to be “Bookish Things I Hope Santa Brings.” The funny thing is, my parents never did Santa stuff when I was a kid and I don’t actually celebrate Christmas.

To be perfectly clear, I’m not at all offended by the assumption that we all eagerly await presents from Santa, but I think it would be really cool to see what other holiday-themed prompts Jana could come up with next year.

I wonder how many other Top Ten Tuesday participants celebrate winter festivals, holy days, or other events that are not at all related to Santa or Christmas? There must be at least a few of us out there!

Anyway, here is my list of bookish things that I wish Santa would bring to me.

1. Gift Cards to Local Bookstores 

When this pandemic started, I began ordering my bookish things through Amazon and big chain bookstores because everything else was either shut down entirely or hard to place an order through. 2022 should be the year I start supporting small, local businesses again.

2. Caffeine-Free Tea 

There can never be enough of it, especially when you’re reading a book about characters who are outdoors in the cold and have little access to luxuries like this.


One white, one milk, and one dark chocolate bar stacked on top of each other. 3. Dairy-Free Chocolate 

My reasons for this answer are quite similar to my reasons for choosing my second answer. If I must read a story about characters who can’t eat sweets for any number of reasons, I’ll feel a little better if I can nibble on something sweet while I discover why their diets are restricted.


4. New Novels From My Favourite Authors

I’m especially hoping that these authors will release new books this year: Sarah Waters, Rivers Solomon, Nnedi Okorafor, Becky Chambers, Alex Cross, and Andy Weir.

What do you think the chances are that at least one of them will release something in 2022?


5. A Discovery of a Forgotten Novel from a Long-Dead Author

I won’t narrow it down to any particular author. I simply think it would be incredible for fans to learn there’s a “new” book for them to read from an author who died decades or even a few centuries ago. It would almost be like that author briefly coming back to life again.


6. To Recommend a Book That Someone Else Loves 

7. To Receive a Book Recommendation for Something I Love 

My last two answers are somewhat related to each other.

There’s nothing like the feeling of giving or receiving a book recommendation that is perfect for the person who ends up reading it! Honestly, it’s the closest thing we have to true magic in this world other than falling in love.

This happens so infrequently that I’ll have to rely on Santa to help it come true at least once next year.







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31 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Hope Santa Brings

  1. verushka

    You’re right — it is magic to give or receive a book rec that turns out to be perfect! Also, I hope you get new books from your fave authors next year!

  2. I hope your favorite authors do release new novels next year. Odds are good that at least one will 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  3. I’m pretty sure that Beck Chambers’ next Monk & Robot book is scheduled to be released in the second half of next year, so hopefully that will be at least one book by a favorite author that you can look forward to!

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  4. My 13-year-old daughter has been LOVING caffeine-free tea lately. We don’t drink coffee or tea for religious reasons, but I’m okay with her enjoying the herbal teas. She’s had fun with variety packs that let her taste different flavors. Hot chocolate (with whipped cream or marshmallows on top) is my hot beverage of choice!

    Happy TTT!


    • There are so many amazing caffeine-free options out there! I need them for medical reasons, but it’s really cool they also exist for people like your family who need them for religious reasons. And I’m sure there are lots of other reasons for drinking caffeine-free tea, too! 🙂

  5. I hope all of these make it under your tree. Happy holidays!

  6. Love your list! Book recommendations (giving and receiving) that lead to new favorites are the absolute best.

  7. Jo

    I always love a gift card! People always think that’s a cop out, and I’m like “No! You’re giving me a chance to go book shopping, it’s the best present ever!”
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  8. These would be great bookish gifts! An unexpected release from a favourite author would be amazing. I hope you get some time to read and relax this season!

  9. I really enjoyed your twits on the theme this week Lydia.

  10. What a neat list. I drink caffeine-free tea most of the time. I love visiting local bookstores. Not really any around me, but when we vacation there are some that we frequent. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

  11. My family and I don’t celebrate Christmas and although we’re Hindu we don’t celebrate the same Indian Hindu holidays (as Balinese Hinduism is a bit different)! The one “big” celebration we really have each year is the new year. I hope some of these great things find their way to you this holiday season, Lydia!

  12. I hope one of those authors releases something next year too!

    Check out my TTT

  13. I so love your list, and totally agree with the last two.. that feeling of recommending a book to someone and they end up loving it, or the opposite of it too, is simply so wonderful
    A happy holidays to you Lydia
    My TTT: Bookish Gifts I’d Love to See Under the Tree

  14. What a lovely list! My favorite is 7. To Receive a Book Recommendation for Something I Love

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