The theme for today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is the top ten books I wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under the tree this year. My family doesn’t really read. So usually, when I say I want books, I get a Barnes & Noble gift card. I can honestly only remember one Christmas I was given a book – an amazing, 200-year-old copy of the complete works of Shakespeare that had been handed down through a Scottish family until one lady who had no children gave to my uncle, who gave it to me. But, this year (like every year, really) I would be totally happy getting nothing but books. And here are the top ten on my wish list:
1. Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman. I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan, and have watched his Make Good Art speech more times than I can count. It would be really cool to be able to read it, since I’m more of a visual person. This book has been on my list for a while.
2. The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister by George R. R. Martin. Because Tyrion is one of my favorite characters of all time. And his quotes are just perfect. And reading through all of them might just be better than A Game of Thrones. Another book I’ve wanted for a very long time.
3. The Library: A World History by James W. P. Campbell. I am a true bibliophile – I love physical books just as much as the stories they contain. This giant book is full of pictures of libraries. Basically, book porn. It’s kind of expensive, so I think this would make an amazing gift, because I can’t find a good enough excuse to buy it for myself.
4. Armada by Ernest Cline. This year, I read and loved Ready Player One, and I really want to read Armada! I’ve heard it’s not quite as good, but I don’t care. Ready Player One was amazing, and I want more.
5. Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales by Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors, but I have never read any of his short stories. I would be very excited if this book was in my stocking this year.
6. The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman. I recently started reading The Sandman, which is Neil Gaiman’s series of graphic novels, and I absolutely love them! This one, which just came out within the last couple of months, is the prequel to the existing Sandman comics.
7. Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff. I have heard so much about this novel, and I am always intrigued by books with an unconventional format. I definitely want to read this soon (whether or not I get it for Christmas).
8. The Harry Potter coloring book. With a giant pack of colored pencils, please!
9. Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I already read this and loved it. But I don’t own it, and I would really like to have it in my collection.
10. And my ultimate wish list: the books I probably won’t ever own unless by magic (come on, Santa!) or I win a million dollars (each of these sets is like $400-500): The Oxford English Dictionary, The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, and The Oxford Latin Dictionary. Because I am clearly a huge word nerd.
If you’re interested, you can check out my full Amazon book wish list here!
What book is at the top of your holiday wish list this year?