Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year

Merry Top Ten Tuesday! Today's topic is books I want Santa to bring. I've been very good this year, so here's my wishlist:
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Winsor McCay, The Complete Little Nemo 1905-1927
When I was little, I loved the Little Nemo movie, and the whole idea of his dreamland. I'd love to add this volume to my shelves and admire the artwork that brought about the movie I loved. Alas, at $100+, I cannot justify the expense to myself.

Pride and Prejudice, An Annotated Edition by Jane Austen, edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks
As a fan of Ms. Austen's works, I'd love to have all of these annotated editions of her books. Pressed to choose one, I pick the classic Pride and Prejudice. I've read the book multiple times, but I would like to see all of the annotations given in this volume. It would give me a new appreciation for the work, I think.

Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories by Dr. Seuss
I adore Dr. Seuss and have no shame in holding the desire to own all of his books. I also would, most likely, not allow children to play with them. (I'm selfish.) If Santa doesn't bring this, I will probably have to gift it to myself.

Just What the Doctor Disordered: Early Writings and Cartoons of Dr. Seuss, edited by Richard Marschall
I love seeing how artists developed their styles over the years, and Dr. Seuss is a favorite. I have flipped through this book before, and I enjoyed seeing the mix of war propaganda, political commentary, and children's comics. I'd love to add this to my collection.

Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline M. Smith
Okay, at this point you may think I have a problem. I get it. However, this is more biography with his art, so you can see there's a big difference. (And I may have a problem...)

Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre by Jack Zipes 
I've got an interest in fairy tales that goes back a ways. Zipes is an awesome researcher and writer on the subject, and I enjoy the in depth look at common tales. It's impressive to me how fairy tales have stuck around, and continue to be redeveloped. I'm sure Zipes has a lot to say on it.

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan
I feel as if this is self-explanatory. Working in a library, we always have crazy stories, so it is refreshing to have others who have experienced the same things publish a book on the subject. Then I can giggle along and feel less alone in my work experiences.

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann
I've been on an "Old Hollywood" kick this year, so I'd like to read some of the more salacious stories too! I read Robert Wagner's book this year, and I was really interested in the dawn of Hollywood. Mann is known for his biographies of Hollywood-types (he did Barbra Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor's bios recently), so I'd find him to be a trusted source for this type of story. Plus, by my mother's influence, I do enjoy a good true crime story.

Giada's Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets by Giada De Laurentiis
I have a few of Giada's other cookbooks, and I'd like to own this one as well. Her cookbooks usually are good to read too. She tells stories and it is entertainment, not just recipes, so it feels like I'm reading a memoir with good recipes throughout.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
As established on this blog multiple times, our staff really enjoys Rainbow Rowell's books. I loved Eleanor & Park, but I just really want to own this book so I can read it over and over and over again. I kind of liked it.

And what are you hoping Santa brings?



  1. I love Pride and Prejudice. I think I have a gazillion different versions of that one.

    I hope you get a ton of great books for Christmas. Here's my wishlist.

    I still have a $30 giveaway to Amazon going so maybe I can help you get some of these books.

  2. Nice list!! I hope you receive all the books on your list!! Here's my TTT list for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-i-wouldnt.html

    Happy holidays!!

  3. I do believe Santa has at least one of these books in his bag for you!