I bet you thought that you wouldn’t be getting any Top Ten Tuesday action from me this month. Ha! Joke’s on you, writing this lets me procrastinate re: my NaNoWriMo responsibilities while still feeling productive. The babes of The Broke and The Bookish did their list with a birthday theme, but as I am a summer baby and the yuletide fast approaches I’m going with Christmas!
Top Ten Books I Want for Christmas
1. Unwound by Jonathan Baine
I just read about this book and I very much want it. It is relevant to my interests: biology, dystopia, social unrest, children who do not strictly fit the societal standard. I’m so there.
2. A hardcover copy of Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson
Recently read this book and loved it down to the ground. I would like to permanently add it to my library, where it can sit between To Kill a Mockingbird and White Oleander at the end of the Harry Potter shelf. The cover on the hardbound version is so beautiful.
3. Timm Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet by Tim Gunn
One of my loves is for textiles and fashion, another is for history. In junior high the school library had a series of books about fashion through the decades/ages, starting with Elizabethan and going right up to the 80’s (it was the mid-90’s at the time). I checked out each and every book and basically memorized the contents. This seems like a grown-up version of those books, and you can’t go wrong with Tim Gunn.
4. Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel
World myth is another of my passions (I have a big heart, okay?) and having pretty much exhausted Greek and Roman myth short of learning a dead language and reading the classics in their original forms, and never really clicking with Norse myth, I’d like to learn more about Hinduism. This beautiful picture book illustrated by a Pixar animator would be a great introduction to one of the Hindu Epics. I also have books on Celtic, Welsh, Korean, Vietnamese, African, and Native American myth; I think this would fit right in on my shelf.
5. The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke translated by Stephen Mitchell
I am trying to add more poetry to my diet of classics, and I’ve enjoyed several Rilke poems I’ve come across.
6. The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
I have a French degree. I am learning Spanish. I read books about the origins of the English language and linguistics texts for fun. Sometimes I write books. I think it’s safe to say that I am a language nerd. I very much enjoyed Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, an overview of the development of American English, by the same author. I’d recommend it to folks who like that sort of thing.
7. No Strings Attached: The Inside Story of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop by Matt Bacon
It is still a cherished dream of mine to someday be a Muppeteer. I love these wacky puppet folks and everything they do.
8. Collected Folk Tales by Alan Garner
Because I think it’s clear by now that I like that kind of stuff.
9. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Preferably one of those nice classics versions that has a hard cover and pretty illustrations. I love the story but I’ve never read the original. No time like the present (Hehe. Get it, present? Oh whatever, printmakers and language nerds love puns.)
10. Hello, Jell-O! by Victoria Belanger
I like to cook, and Jell-O was a staple of my childhood. I also like silly, kitschy things so books like this (and the Hello, Cupcake! book I already own) are right up my alley. Plus, the pictures are so pretty that I can leave it out and my friends will flip through it when they come over. Then sometimes they want to make the the things. So we do.
Sometimes I think I’m pretty lame, then I look at a list like this and recognize myself as the awesome weirdo I truly am.
In case Santa, Daddy Warbucks, or a Sugar Daddy (or Momma, hey) who likes completely platonic relationships with happily married women is reading: what I want more than anything for Christmas is a small printing press I can use here in my apartment. Then I can print my own books with lead type I already own! Thus it is wished. I have also backed it up in other wishing formats, for good measure, so let’s see if it works!
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Were they terrible? What is your Christmas wish?