Top Ten Tuesdays: Dear Santa, Here’s a Bookish List

How did it get to be just 2 days before Christmas already? I cannot remember Christmas ever sneaking up on me like this before.

Because I’m kind of bewildered that it’s even time for Santa to be packing his sleigh, I’ve decided to go ahead and participate in Top Ten Tuesdays as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish again. I’m not sure I have it in me today to come up with original blog material. So much wrapping and cleaning in my immediate future.

Anyway, I think I’ve been pretty good this year. So if Santa is still wondering what to bring me for Christmas, here are a number of books I’m hoping to find under the tree come Thursday morning.

1.The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport. I’ve read about the parents and the grandparents and now I want to know more about these children who’s lives were so sheltered and ultimately cut tragically short.

2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. This was the year that I indulged in the YA and the pull of Rainbow Rowell’s adult fiction is too much. I must have it Santa!

3. My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead. Middlemarch was one of my favourite books I had to read in university. I love the idea of reading a spin on this one. And the cover is so gorgeous it would look so good under the tree.

4. The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison. Last year all the books I got for Christmas had to do with murder (I have issues, what can I say?) and I guess I want to continue that (sick) tradition.

romanov girls landlinemiddlemarch  silent wife

5. The Procrastination Equation by Dr. Peers Steel. I have an issue with procrastination (as evidenced by the fact that I still haven’t read this book) but maybe if I read this book at the beginning of the new year, it will help me curb this terrible habit?

6. In Triumph’s Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters and the Price They Paid for Glory by Julia P. Gelardi. I have never actually seen this book in a bookstore but I love Julia P. Gelardi’s work a lot and I need this book.

7. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. It’s our next book club book. I’d like to have it.

8. The Vacationers by Emma Straub. I’ve wanted to read this ALL YEAR. Make my reading dreams come true Santa.

procrastinationtriumphvacationersgood girl

9. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. The whole series. In hardcover. I don’t currently have these books and that’s a bookish travesty.

10. When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning. I don’t know what to say except I love books and I love books about books and history and this book sounds like it has all of that.

anne books to war

What do you think Santa? Doable? I’ll leave out some cookies.


Top Ten Tuesday: Books You’d Like to Re-Read

I don’t normally participate in Top Ten Tuesdays as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. But I’ve been thinking about re-reading recently and when the topic this week was Top Ten Books You’d Like to Re-read…kismet right?

Also, who doesn’t love a good bookish list?

Let’s get to it. The books I’d like to re-read, even though I don’t re-read books that aren’t Austen or Bronte in nature.

  1. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. Not just the one book, I’d like to re-read all of them. It’s been too long since Anne Shirley has been a part of my life. There also seems to be a lot of new versions released recently so it’s as good a chance as any to replace the books that I seem to have lost along the way.
  2. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. As the mini-series gets closer to release, I find that more people are reading it and talking about it. When I read it, most people still didn’t want to read it because they didn’t want to be disappointed when her non-Harry Potter work didn’t live up to their expectations. But now people are finally coming around and I want to refresh my discussion points.
  3. Persuasion by Jane Austen. I feel like this is the next Austen Re-Read I need to embark on.
  4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The first time I read this I was distracted a lot of the time by the size of the book. I think a re-read would allow me to connect with the book on a different level. And any time you can spend with Jean Valjean, the best-intentioned character there ever was, is time well spent.
  5. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. This book was incredible on every level. I distinctly remember finishing it late at night in bed, in tears. It took me a few days to shake the ending of that and I still think of it now. I want to go back and experience that again.
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. One of the most magical books I ever read. I want to jump back in to the magic.
  7. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I’d need to buy a new copy to do it but this book had a big impact on me, understanding why I had been so professionally unfulfilled to that point.
  8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. One of those profound tales of a family at a certain point in history. One of the best.
  9. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell. The complete story of the lives of six sisters who lived BIG lives deftly handled by the incredibly talented Lovell. I took this out from the library and have regretted not owning a copy ever since. Same goes for Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III by Flora Fraser actually.
  10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Scarlett O’Hara. I read it when I was 16 the first time. I think the time has come to revisit.

There we have it: ten candidates for a re-read. Like my TBR list isn’t long enough already!