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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @That Artsy Reader Girl. She provides us with prompts to write a bookish list. Personally, I don’t participate every week, just when I like a certain prompt or can twist it in some fun way.

This week we got “Holiday Reads”, but I don’t read cute festive books and I’ve already made too many posts talking about my reading plans, so I decided to just show off some random red and green books that are on my to be read pile. In no particular order, with no particular logic. Here are some books I want to read someday… but not now… but they’re red and green. Such a riveting post.

the hand on the wallThe Hand on the Wall (#3 Truly Devious) by Maureen Johnson || Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place” he said, “where learning is a game.” Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym, Truly Devious. Read more…

the troop

The Troop by Nick Cutter || Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. Read more… 

the wishing spellThe Wishing Spell (#1 The Land of Stories) by Chris Colfer || The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought. Read more…

the cabin at the end of the worldThe Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay || Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road. One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. Read more…

6604712.jpgEating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer || Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. For years he was content to live with uncertainty about his own dietary choices-but once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Read more…

the chestnut man

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup || If you find one, he’s already found you. A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen. His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene. Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago. Read more…

25810644.jpgA Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Marby || Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill. Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. Read more…

call me evie

Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare || For the past two weeks, seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet has lived against her will in an isolated cabin in a remote beach town–brought there by a mysterious man named Bill. Part captor, part benefactor, Bill calls her Evie and tells her he’s hiding her to protect her. That she did something terrible one night back home in Melbourne–something so unspeakable that he had no choice but to take her away. The trouble is, Kate can’t remember the night in question. Read more…

Those were my picks for this Top Ten Tuesday prompt.

Have you read any of these books?
Do you have any festive books you plan to read this month?

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!




26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #20 || Some Red & Green Books on my TBR (because I’m so Festive)

  1. I love your take on today’s theme! Your post just made me realize that I don’t own that many green books… in fact, I can’t see any green books on my shelves!!! There are some bluish greens and greenish yellows, but no green! :O Isn’t that the best excuse to buy more books?? 😀

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  2. I like to read festive books this time of year. I’m currently reading “Carols and Chaos,” and hope to read an Indie book (It Happened one Christmas) that’s a YA re-telling of “While You Were Sleeping.” Fun way to use the topic this week; I like to feature red/white/blue books for Independence Day. 🙂 OH! I’ve heard Maureen’s series is quite good, so that’s one high on my must-read list. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you enjoy festive books, I definitely would too if they weren’t so romance focussed. I’m like an old grumpy grandma 😂 I hope you get around to all your festive reads and love them! Maureen’s series is really fun, though I liked the first book a lot more than the second. I hope the last one will be a goof ending to the series 🙂


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