DEAR SANTA: HERE’S THE NEW BOOKS WE'LL PRETEND ARE FROM YOU! A list of books I bought but can pretend Santa brought me. All text © Rissi JC

DEAR SANTA: HERE’S THE NEW BOOKS WE’LL PRETEND ARE FROM YOU!

December 20, 2021 24 Comments

It’s less than one week from Christmas and with it, the arrival of Santa and presents to bring smiles to the faces of children. As is a usual thing around here, we’re taking a look at some books Santa can leave under the tree or to be more accurate some books I recently(ish) added to my shelf. Ergo, I did the work for Santa already – because let’s be real, he’s busy enough as is.

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Honestly I’m in this phase right now where I really don’t see books and think, “I WANT THAT.” It’s not that I don’t have books I continue to preorder or order for my shelf, it’s more that I’m going through something that is begging for simplifying LIFE. For not picking up something just because it’s “cool” and everyone markets something as the “must read” of the year. I’m working hard, each year to define what likes I have and within those to purchase novels that I enjoy. This is why it’s harder each year to come up with a list like this despite how fun this is to curate. But in the end, it’s not a bad kind of hard. Just different. That said, let’s take a look at the shopping I already did for myself… but hey, we can give Santa credit.


BOOKS SANTA CAN LEAVE UNDER THE TREE

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1: THE HAWTHORNE LEGACY, JENNIFER LYNN BARNES

Haven’t read a novel by Jennifer (still), but her books always sound fun and I’ve bene hearing about Little White Lies again (that it’s really good). I haven’t read book one in this latest series so I really shouldn’t have picked up book two, but here we are. Amazon | Goodreads

2: BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE, BETH GARROD

This one sounds ALL SORTS OF CUTE! Says it’s “Tweet Cute meets The Holiday,” which I am here for. Amazon | Goodreads

3: THE HOLIDAY SWITCH, TIF MARCELO

Another Christmas novel about characters who end up working together and of course, there’s a spark! Amazon | Goodreads

4: IN THE STUDY WITH THE WRENCH, DIANA PETERFREUND

These sound like such fun! Again I broke my rule in picking up the second book before I’ve read book one. Amazon | Goodreads

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DEAR SANTA: HERE’S THE NEW BOOKS WE'LL PRETEND ARE FROM YOU! A list of books I bought but can pretend Santa brought me. All text © Rissi JC
5: THE WEDDING RINGER, KERRY REA

Sounds super fun! Follows a girl who falls into the business of playing a bridesmaid. Amazon | Goodreads

6: THE LONDON HOUSE, KATHERINE REAY

At surface level, this one “feels” different than Reay’s prior novels. But this also happens to be the third book by Reay I haven’t read. Perhaps her styling has changed in that time. Either way, I look forward to reading this one, which I think is a kind of “time slip” novel. Amazon | Goodreads

7: HOW TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, SOPHIE SULLIVAN (PREORDER)

Never read anything by Sophie, but this does sound fun so I picked it up on that basis. Plus, this one sounds SUPER cute about a woman about to finish design school but she has a grumpy neighbor to deal with! Amazon | Goodreads

8: TEN RULES FOR FAKING IT, SOPHIE SULLIVAN

Same goes for this one although in the prior books case, it’s a preorder and this one is already out in the world. Amazon | Goodreads

What about you? What books do YOU hope Santa brings to you? Have you read any of these? Have you read anything by Sophie Sullivan? Or have you read Diana’s books? Do you like mysteries? Or contemporary fiction? Comment all the books Santa can leave under the tree comments below!

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24 Comments

  • Caroline December 20, 2021 at 11:03 PM

    The Holiday Switch was so cute! We have very similar taste. Here’s my TTT if you’re interested: https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/top-ten-books-i-want-santa-to-bring/

    • Rissi JC December 20, 2021 at 11:39 PM

      Hi, Caroline! And I’m so glad! Love knowing what everyone else thinks about a book. :) Appreciate your visit.

  • Anne@HeadFullofBooks December 21, 2021 at 1:35 AM

    Looks like you’ll be pretending Santa got you lots of books. Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas to you!

  • Michael @ The Book Lovers' Sanctuary December 21, 2021 at 3:39 AM

    Great list – love Cluedo so In The Study… sounds great fun! Have a fantastic holiday and Merry Christmas!

    • Rissi JC December 29, 2021 at 1:35 PM

      I agree! It does sound fun. :)

  • Pam @ Read! Bake! Create! December 21, 2021 at 6:11 AM

    I have never heard of the Clue Mystery Series, so I just had to add them to my TBR, especially since Clue is my favorite board game!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
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    • Rissi JC December 29, 2021 at 1:36 PM

      Right? Clue was always my favorite board game, too! Lots of fun there. :)

  • Genesis @ Whispering Chapters December 21, 2021 at 6:36 AM

    You should definitely read The Inheritance Games!! It’s so good!

    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

    • Rissi JC December 29, 2021 at 1:39 PM

      YAY! I’m thrilled to know this, Genesis; thanks for the must-read recommendation. :) Appreciate your visit.

  • Amber @ Escape Life In The Pages December 21, 2021 at 8:41 AM

    I haven’t heard of any of these books but they sound really good! I hope Santa brings them your way on Saturday! :D

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

    • Rissi JC December 29, 2021 at 1:42 PM

      Thanks, Amber – and thanks for the visit. :)

  • Cindy Davis December 21, 2021 at 9:01 AM

    I recently won The London House, so I hope to read it in 2022! I also did some shopping for Santa and have books under my tree, LOL! But, I do still have a few on my wishlist as well. Have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Rissi JC December 29, 2021 at 1:43 PM

      YAY! Winning a book is always fun. Hope you enjoy “The London House” – and same! Sometimes we goota’ do that shopping for Santa. ;) Hope you had an amazing Christmas, Cindy.

  • Angela December 21, 2021 at 10:06 AM

    I have limited shelf space, so I’m trying to be better about what books I buy – something I know I’ll read again or is from a beloved author. Hope you get all the books you want, Rissi!

    • Rissi JC December 29, 2021 at 1:45 PM

      That’s awesome, Angela! I’m continuing my task of trying to only buy books I’m as sure as I can be I’ll enjoy. Sometimes I still request a book from a publisher if I think I’ll really like it too, but those are always ARCs which then leaves me with the dilemma of “WHAT DO I DO WITH THEM (AFTER READING)”? Either way, here’s hoping we both continue to learn our likes in reading better in 2022. :) Thanks for the visit, Angela.

  • Ashley @ The Rustic Reading Gal December 21, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Jennifer Lynn Barnes book, but I’ve loved the ones I have read. And The London House sounds so good! I hope you find all these books under your tree! Merry Christmas! :)

    • Rissi JC December 29, 2021 at 1:54 PM

      Thanks, Ashley; always glad to know when a book on my list is a good (or even if it’s not :D) read! Appreciate you stopping by.

  • Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads December 21, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Hope you’ll enjoy all of these whenever you’re ready to pick them up. Happy holidays!

    • Rissi JC December 29, 2021 at 1:55 PM

      Thanks – me too, Lindsey! Appreciate your visit. :)

  • Cholla December 22, 2021 at 9:44 AM

    Hah, I love your post title. London House looks good though!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • Rissi JC December 29, 2021 at 1:57 PM

      Thanks! It was the only type of one that’d fit with the direction I went. ;)

  • Dedra @ A Book Wanderer December 22, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    Very clever twist on today’s topic! And yay for new books–whoever they come from. ;)

    Dedra @ A Book Wanderer recently posted: Book Review | A Christmas Caroline by Camilla Isely
    • Rissi JC December 29, 2021 at 1:59 PM

      New books is for sure always a win! :) Thanks for the visit, Dedra.

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