I participate in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week the theme is Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me. As I know I’m not getting any books for Christmas, I thought I’d talk about some books that I might buy after Christmas.
I have a copy of Round the Christmas Fire so next year I’d love to buy A Dickens Christmas, a selection of the best of Dickens’ Christmas stories and writings, which is a matching edition. I added Hyperbole and a Half to my Goodreads wishlist as soon as I found out about it. I have high expectations, especially as it won a 2013 Goodreads Choice Award. And you cannot just read one Rainbow Rowell. I’ll be starting Eleanor & Park soon, which means I’ll have no more books by her left to read until Landline next year.
I read Anne of Green Gables last Christmas, but I’d love to buy the beautiful Vintage Children’s Classics edition, as well as Anne of Avonlea. Anne Shirley is still one of the best child protagonists! I’m also sure I’m not the only one awaiting Isla and the Happily Ever After after reading Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door: But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
Tumblr’s Reblog Book Club has chosen to read The Impossible Knife of Memory in January, so I’ll have to see if I can track a copy down. It’s an emotional, tough story about Hayley Kincaid and her father, who suffers from PTSD after serving in Iraq. I’m also loving beautifully produced children’s books at the moment. Oliver and the Seawigs is certainly a lovely book, but it’s also meant to be a really fun explorer-adventurer story and I’ve seen it on a lot of ‘best of 2013’ lists. And of course, I must know what journey Harriet Manners is going to go on next after reading Geek Girl and Model Misfit, both thoroughly enjoyable stories, if you’ve not read them already.
And here’s three more beautifully produced books. I picked up Goth Girl and the Ghost of the Mouse recently and while I was in the bookshop, I had a look at the Ottoline novels: Meet Ottoline Brown and her best friend, Mr. Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve. I also enjoy the fact that Chris Riddell’s children’s books have little extras at the back, like postcards or miniature books. And lastly, Maps is a wonderfully illustrated book of er, maps. I’d have loved it as a child, but I’m not sure where I’d put it if I bought it because it’s massive…
Which books are you hoping to get for Christmas (or, like me, are you hoping to buy after Christmas)?