Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. I made a similar list last year so I thought it would be fun to do it again. I was already back home in Manila when I did this Top Ten Tuesday topic last year but now I have to work until the end of the week before I can fly home. Counting down the days until I’m off to the Philippines for the holidays! Getting back to the topic on hand, I’ve already received two books from my book club’s Secret Santa but we all know that it will always be nice to get more books as gifts. These are the books that I wouldn’t mind receiving for Christmas:

Ancillary Justice The Keeper of the Mist The Start-Touched Queen rose-and-thorn heroine-complex

the-q Cloudwish tell-the-truth-shame-the-devil where-we-left-off-2 oracles-moon

These are basically the books that are at the top of my wishlist. What about you, what books would you like to receive this Christmas? 🙂

2015 Christmas Reads

Laduree Christmas tree

A macaron Christmas tree care of Laduree Singapore

December is here! That means it’s time to think about Christmas reads again (previous posts here and here). I love this time of the year and I think part of the fun of the holiday season is reading Christmas reads.

Here are the Christmas-themed books I’m planning to reread:
At First Sight by Elizabeth Chandler
A Rose in Winter by Laura Florand
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
At First Sight No Place Like Home My True Love Gave to Me

I didn’t read all of the stories in the My True Love Gave to Me, just the ones written by authors I like. So maybe I can go back and reread those or read the ones that I didn’t finish last year.

And these are the new-to-me Christmas reads that I have on my TBR pile:
A Midnight Clear by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas
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Both of which were recommended by my friend Brandy. What about you, what are the Christmas titles that you’re planning to read this month? What are the holiday reads that you’ve loved over the years? I would be delighted to get some new recommendations. 🙂

Also, because there’s less than a month left in 2015, feel free to let me know what are the best books that you’ve read this year. I might be tempted to read them before the year ends. I keep track of mine via a Goodreads shelf, and I will post my best of 2015 list on January 1 (yearly habit).

Christmas in the Office

I wanted to post about the Christmas decorations in our work space because we put so much work into them and I may be biased, but I think they look great. There was a contest to design our work spaces to follow the theme Christmas Carnival. We utilized old boxes, Christmas decorations borrowed from our homes, art materials (art paper, cartolina, wrapping paper), and a whole lot of tape. The results (click to embiggen, all pictures are from my officemate, Evert):

That’s the Christmas tree that we borrowed from our officemate. Here’s our shiny gift train with the ferris wheel in the background:

Another view of the train, can you see all of the gifts, stuffed toys and books on top of it? Guess who brought the books? 😛

The ferris wheel (we were scared the boxes would fall off because we were only allowed to tape them to the wall):

Colorful bump cars:

One of the horses in the carousel:

Some of the booths:

Our windows with a silhouette of a Christmas scene:

So all of that has been keeping me busy the past few weeks (one reason why I haven’t been able to post reviews). It was worth all the trouble though when we found out that we won the contest! 😀 Merry Christmas to all from a book blogger elf: