I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in forever! With Christmas just around the corner, however, I felt inspired by next week’s topic: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing. I know I’m a week ahead, but I figured I would jump the gun due to how crazy I’ll actually be next Tuesday! What books are you hoping Santa will bring this year?
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Even though it was published in 2006, this book didn’t come up on my radar until this year! Goodreads describes it as “a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part Robin Hood, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling.” It sounds like a pretty epic and exciting book to me, so I’d love to have my own copy!
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
I love a good graphic novel, and this one sounds like it is adorable! The Encyclopedia of Early Earth chronicles the explorations of a young man as he paddles from his home in the North Pole to the South Pole. There, he meets his true love, although they can never be together. After flipping through this one at Chapters I fell in love with the concept and the artwork (which reminds me a bit of Kate Beaton). My local library doesn’t have a copy… so I’ll just have to hope that Santa brings me a copy!
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
This past Fall I fell in LOVE with the movie adaptation of North and South starring Richard Armitage (swoon). I have yet to read the original novel, but knowing how much I loved the movie, I just have to own a copy of the book! Being the cover snob that I am, however, I have yet to come across an edition that actually looks pretty. I guess the Oxford University Press edition from 2008 is the best that I can do.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
I stumbled across this novel at Chapters back when it first came out, and the stunning cover and opening paragraph took my breath away. As tempted as I was to buy it right then and there, I decided to wait and save my money. Eight months later and I’m still drooling over this book.
City of Thieves by David Benioff
I came across this book while doing some weeding at work. Unfortunately, the book was in terrible condition and had to be withdrawn, but my curiosity was peaked. I always find war-era novels fascinating, and the plot of City of Thieves was especially intriguing. Based on the rave reviews I’ve been seeing for it online as well, I’d love to get this book for Christmas!
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
This book has been getting nothing but rave reviews online, so I’d love to see what all the fuss is about! I read and enjoyed Hoover’s novel Slammed over the summer, so I’m sure that I would love Hopeless!
Just One Day/Just One Year by Gayle Forman
These two books made my heart ache…in a good way! Between the cute love story, travelling, and endless references to all things Dutch (like my beloved hagelslag), I just couldn’t get enough! I have to have these two books on my bookshelf! If Santa doesn’t bring them this Christmas, then I’ll definitely be going out to buy copies for myself! (My review of these two books will be up this week!)
Hark a Vagrant by Kate Beaton
I love Kate Beaton’s witty and fun comics! Filled with literary and historical references, I always find myself laughing when I flip through this marvellous collection at the bookstore. I have yet to read the entire book though, so this is definitely near the top of my Christmas wish list this year!
The Chronicles of Harris Burdock
One of my earliest book memories was writing a short story based on the illustrations of Harris Burdock in elementary school. I remember how magical I thought his illustrations were, and I fell in love with this mysterious figure (who I have now discovered is actually Chris Van Allsburg). It seems like other authors were inspired by his drawings as well, because this is a collection of short stories based on the original pictures! Some of the contributors include Stephen King, Sherman Alexie, and Lois Lowry! This book is just too beautiful for words.