Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Letter to Santa edition

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. I'm sure they'd love to share your lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten list.

Dear Santa, 
in the words of Victor Hugo, This year I have committed more faults then ever, and I have never been a better person. Because of this, or maybe just because I discovered this awesome quote I feel I deserve to be on your nice list. There is a list of ten books that I'd love for you to bring


1. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel - I'm a huge historical fiction fan, even if my readings for this year don't really show it. While I've heard the length is an issue, I've rarely heard bad things about Wolf Hall. Plus I'd love to see Tudor England from a view that isn't a wife or lover of Henry. 

2. Innocent Traitor - Alison Weir - I tried to read The Lady Elizabeth, and I wasn't a huge fan. However I have chalked this up to my slight hatred of Elizabeth as a character and plan on jumping into Innocent Traitors with an open mind. Like I sad for Wolf Hall, I'm really looking forward to reading something about the Tudor era from another perspective. 

3. Holidays On Ice - David Sedaris - This is one of the two Sedaris books I haven't read. I love David Sedaris. So much. Honestly, this is probably the one book that I'll be a bit sad if I don't get it.

4. The Shadow of the Wind  - Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Everything I've heard about Shadow of the Wind is that it's a book for book lovers. Plus, amazon keeps telling me I'll like it, and sometimes Amazon is right.

5. Squirrel Seeks Chipmonk - David Sedaris - See #3. I really had to restrain myself from buying this the day it came out. I could go on more about how I love David Sedaris, but nobody needs to hear that. 

6. Black Swan Rising - Lee Carroll - I'm a big fan of Carol Goodman. Well, by big fan I mean I read her books and they stick with me for a really long time and effect my moods. They're not always the most interesting stories or the best characters, and I usually can figure out the twist before I'm a quarter done with the book, but I do really love her. I'm interested to see what this collaboration with her husband reads like, especially since it sounds very much like something Goodman would write. 

7. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman - Okay, so my mom took me to Borders over Thanksgiving and told me to pick out a few books for my grandma to give me. Oh, and they couldn't be on my list already. I'd finally picked up Stardust (which I bought last January) and was really into it so I meandered over to the G's and added a bunch of his books to my pile, then narrowed it down to Neverwhere. I literally remember nothing about what it is about, just that it sounded interesting at the time and that I am getting it for Christmas    

8. Distant Hours - Kate Morton - Alright, I haven't gotten around to The Forgotten Garden yet, but it's near the top of my TBR pile. Regardless, after reading the blurb on amazon I was sold. Somebody please get this for me? I promise I'll make time to read it!

9.Catch 22 - Joseph Heller - I read Catch 22 my junior year of high school and really loved it. I lent it out sometime later and was given back a copy with some kind of hawaiian punch staining the pages. I never bought another copy, but every time I flip through it I'm given a good reason why I shouldn't lend books to unreliable people. I really love this edition. really, I love the whole set, but if I had to pick one, it would definitely be a replacement for my well loved classic. 

10. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - my 50 cent copy of Anna Karenin (literally what is on the cover) is a less then stellar translation. Plus I'm kinda on a cover craze right now and really love this cover. 

Happy Holiday's, Everyone!


Willa said...

Great choices, i absolutely love Neverwhere!

Anonymous said...

I have yet to read Catch-22. I found Anna Karenina rather boring...but I'm giving Tolstoy a second chance next year!:D

Am not familiar with the other books on your list...


readerbuzz said...

Great list! I'm planning to read War and Peace (a shared blogger read) next year myself.

My list of books I hope Santa brings is here.

readerbuzz said...

P.S. And I had no idea that Victor Hugo was so quotable. Your mention of the amazing quote above sent me off on a Victor Hugo detour this morning, a happy trip.

The Book Bee said...

Great list! You will love The Shadow of the Wind when you get a copy it has to be one of the best books I have read this year.

Red said...

I really want to read some Sedaris and I've heard great things about Holiday on Ice. Nice list!

Tribute Books Mama said...

What books am I hoping to get from Santa?

1. Hunger Games triology box set by Suzanne Collins
2. Millennium/Girl with the Dragon Tattoo box set by Stieg Larsson
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
4. Matched by Ally Condie
5. Vampire Academy box set by Richelle Mead
6. Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
9. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
10. Strange Fate by L.J. Smith

Brenna said...

I love The Shadow of the Wind! It's a fun read.

MJ said...

Shadow of the Wind is a wonderful book-I'm sure you'll love it. And I am hoping to get to some Sedaris this year-everyone keeps telling me good things. Holidays on Ice sounds perfect.

IngridLola said...

Ahh I love 9 & 10, they are two of my favorite books! Also, I'm dying to read Shadow of the Wind as well ...

Bailey said...

I really want to read The Distant Hours also. I haven't even read The Forgotten Garden either, but they both look sooo good. Hopefully I'll finally get around to them soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh you have a few books I definitely want to read on your list - The Shadow of the Wind and The Distant Hours for starters. I actually have Wolf Hall but haven't made it past p30-odd yet. I just need to sit down and concentrate, my mind kept wandering when I was trying to read it!

Christina said...

I love David Sedaris, too! But do you know that Holidays on Ice is mostly a compilations of previously published essays and stories? I think there is only like one new essay, so you could probably just hide out in B&N and read it there, if you don't get it for Christmas.
Great list! :)

AngelicNytmare said...

I don't think I've heard of any of these books.

Have a good holiday

Avid Reader said...

Wonderful choices! Holidays on Ice is hilarious and Neverwhere is delightfully dark. Catch-22 and The Shadow of the Wind are two of my all-time favorites! I hope Santa's good to you.

bibliophiliac said...

A nice eclectic list! If you are going to read Anna Karenina, you need to have a pretty cover! There are a few books on your list that are sitting on Mount TBR right in front of me....

Anonymous said...

I loved Neverwhere! Stardust was my first Gaiman. I would also recommend The Graveyard Book if you haven't read it already. I love his work!