20 December 2011

TTT: Books from Santa

The Top Ten at The Broke and the Bookish today is Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings. Or anyone else. Though I'm pretty certain every single person who will be giving me a book has already purchased them; however, it never hurts to catalogue the list. Especially since every single time I go to Powell's I forget what I wanted and end up calling Andy and Melis. So here's to not forgetting when I head downtown next week.

1. Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language by David Crystal. I think the subtitle is pretty self explanatory. Paperback edition was released in September, woohoo.

2. Meadowlands by Louise Gl├╝ck. I've read this selection of poetry twice now, and I love it enough to want my own copy. It's the story of Penelope and Odysseus blended with a contemporary couple. Brilliant. The poems from Telemachus's point of view are my favorites.

3. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have Adventures and Memoirs, but I'd like a nice set of all the novels and stories. Preferably in hard cover.

4. The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I saw a copy of this at the Harvard Bookstore and just about died. So cool.

5. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. I don't own my own copy. I stole my dad's for several years, but he wanted it back. Plus I want it to match all the rest of my C. S. Lewis books.

6. Gethsemane, Golgotha, and The Garden Tomb by Andrew Skinner. I've been back from Jerusalem for three years and I still haven't purchased these books. Good grief.

7. The Mary Russell series by Laurie King. I reread this books on a regular basis (remember the Sherlock Holmes love?) and may as well just own them all instead of racking up more fines at all my local and school libraries. (oof.)

8. The Four Adventures of Richard Hannay by John Buchan. I read The Thirty-nine Steps this summer and it was so fun. I have a copy of the third book on loan in my room, but I can't read it until I find Greenmantle, and no one has it. I really just need the whole series, right?

9. The New Yorker. I'm cheating and putting magazines on here, but I've recently started acquiring subscriptions (Afar, woo), and there are more that I want. A year subscription to a magazine is about the same cost as a book, so it should count. Especially The New Yorker.

10. Dwell. Love the layouts (of the magazine and the homes).


  1. I think that magazine subscriptions make great gifts and you just keep on getting them all year long. What's better than that?

  2. Did you get any of your requests?