Top Ten Books I'd Like to See Under the Christmas Tree


Inspired by an old Top Ten Tuesday prompt.

TwiLite: A Parody

Love between a teenage girl and a vampire can be a beautiful thing. Then again, it can get a little ugly. Just ask Stella Crow. Stella is a clumsy but otherwise ordinary girl whose life takes a radical turn the moment she meets Edweird. Though perfect on the outside, Edweird Sullen is remarkably unrefined on the inside. He also happens to be a one hundred year old vampire, trapped in the body of a teenage boy, who has yet to finish high school. Nonetheless, Stella is unconditionally smitten with him. But not everything is rosy in this gloomiest of towns. Edweird's enemies have sworn to put a tragic end to their romance. Against all odds, the bond between Stella and Edweird is nearly strong enough for their love to survive. Most love stories between an impossibly handsome vampire and an ungainly young woman have a magical ending. This one - not so much.

I can't find this anywhere!

I read this Twilight parody years ago, having gotten it as a Christmas present. Upon joining Goodreads, I went back to reread it so I could accurately rate it... only to discover I'd already sold it. Unfortunately, there isn't a library in Maryland that has a copy, either, so it looks like I'm out of luck on this one unless it miraculously appears under the tree!

 
The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magic

The newest entry in the popular Element Encyclopedia series spans the globe and the ages to present a feast of magical beasts, both familiar and rare. Populating this ultimate reference is a host of marvelous creatures, many of which have stirred our imagination since childhood; they come from fairytales and myths, and from beloved writers such as the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K Rowling. Each entry delves into folklore and history to reveal such secrets as why dragons guard the weather, how to make mermen laugh, and how a slow lizard cost humans the gift of eternal life. From Chinese dragons to Norwegian sea monsters, banshees to griffins, cherufes to lampaluguas, every fantastic figure gets its due.

I can't find this anywhere!

I stumbled across this series when I found Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses at the local library. I find the series to bit a tad silly, but there's a lot of interesting information in Encyclopedia of Spirits, so I'd love to give the Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures a try. But again, the library's let me down.

 
The Dark Secret (Fear Street: Cataluna Chronicles, #2)

Stepsisters Regina and Lauren are thrilled - they've got their own wheels! And this sexy Cataluna is one hot car!
Too hot. Because inside the Cataluna the curse of Bad Luck Catherine lives on. And while Catherine is hunted in her own time, Regina and Lauren will be haunted in theirs. Because in this car, evil is always in the driver's seat.

I can't find this anywhere!

The Dark Secret is the second book in the Cataluna Chronicles series. The library has the first book and the third book, but not this one. Annoying.




 
Party Line

Mark has discovered a way to meet girls--on the teen party line. Unfortunately, he also discovers that some of the new girls he meets on the phone have disappeared. What started as a way to get dates, leads Mark into a frightening mystery--one that becomes dangerous as well!

I can't find this anywhere!

I'm almost positive that I've read this book before, and I'd love to get my hands on it to read it again. Too bad Point Horror books can be so hard to find nowadays!






 
One Last Kiss

Eleanor Rawlin just wants to live a normal life, but her father is obssessed with killing the vampires who murdered her mother.

I can't find this anywhere!

When I was twelve, I adored this. I'm sure, of course, that I'd hate it if I read it again (as is the case with most R.L. Stine books), but I'd still like to give it another go just to see what was so great. Unfortunately for me, the library either lost or threw away the copy I read, and there isn't another one in the entire state.




 
Off Balance: The Real World of Ballet

I don't have a summary for this one, sorry!

I can't find this anywhere!

A few months ago, I checked this out from the library. The local brand didn't have a copy, so I had to use the state-wide system... and the state-wide system can be pissy. I didn't manage to finish the book before it was due back, and when I went to check it out again, up pops the message that this book is no longer on loan state-wide. PISSED.





 

Mrs Jeeper's Creepy Christmas

It's time for Bailey City's annual holiday decorating contest - even Mrs. Jeepers is getting in on the fun! But when Eddie starts spending all his time reading with the new library volunteer, Grandpa Vamps, his friends are sure something strange is going on. Everyone knows that Eddie hates books! Could Grandpa Vamps really be a vampire who's got Eddie under his spell?

I can't find this anywhere!

I was a bit difficult getting my hands on all the Bailey School Kids books, but I managed it! ...with one exception. I'd love to get my hands on this.

 

Jane in a Land of Enchantment

Jane's first solo adventure through the mirror takes her to a fantasy land where flowers talk and she can fly Everything is so wonderful, until she's asked to help save Lily from the troll who lives in the Enchanted Forest. He's tricked poor Lily into thinking he is something he's not. Will Jane be able to turn the tables on the troll and bring Lily back safely?

I can't find this anywhere!

Honestly, I'm not convinced this even exists. There's incredibly little information about it, even though a handful of people claim to have read it. So if this appeared under my Christmas tree, I'd be ecstatic.


 
Goodnight Kiss 2

Stine delivers the long-awaited sequel to Goodnight Kiss. Vampires are stalking the small resort town of Sandy Hollow. None of Billy's friends believe him, but nobody can explain the bodies found on the beach--with two puncture holes in the neck. The undead are here, and Billy's going to beat them--or join them.

I can't find this anywhere!

I read Goodnight Kiss and wasn't exceptionally impressed, but I was intrigued enough to seek out the sequel. I put myself on the library's waiting list for the omnibus of Goodnight Kiss and Goodnight Kiss 2... and stayed there for a year.
Finally, I went back and checked. As it turns out, some asshole checked the book out and never returned it. Back in 2007! Why the library still has the book on their website, I haven't the slightest idea.


 
All My Friends are Dead

If you're a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you're a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you're a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children's book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character's unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you),All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable.

I can't find this anywhere!

This is popular and new enough that I could probably get a copy of this at a bookstore, but between my town's utter lack of a real bookstore and my strict policy about only buying used books (barring special occasions), I'm going to have to wait for the library to get the memo and buy this. Or, you know, Santa.
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