Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Books I wouldn't exactly turn away from this Christmas
1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo- It's worth noting that I ONLY want the Penguin Clothbound Classics edition of this, because SO pretty, but also Les Mis seems to be eeeeverywhere at the moment, and frankly, I want in! Also, soooooo pretty...
2. The Chronicles of Narmo by Caitlin Moran- Frankly, it's a little ridiculous that I haven't read the novel Caitlin wrote when she was like 15 because, you know, CAITLIN! This needs to be rectified, you know?
3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell- Clearly it's going to be awesome. Because, Attachments. I think that if no one gets this for me, it's probably going to be the first book I buy after Christmas. Because, Attachmentssssss...
4. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed- Collected columns from Dear Sugar. I heart Strayed's writing SO much and to date I believe she is the only advice columnist to have made me cry. Like, ever.
5. Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain- This book has been on my radar for a while now, and I'm definitely intrigued by it on account of my very introverted state and the ways in which this makes me powerful. So basically I want to read it because I'm a narcissist.
6. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch- Don't ask me why I want to read this SO much, but I really really do. Really. It's a whole thing I have, with the wanting to read it and all. Yeah.
7. The Filter Bubble: What the internet is hiding from you by Eli Pariser- I'm very very very interested in the whole idea of us creating our own little bubbles through the internet that means we effectively live in a world of our own creation where, if we don't want to, we don't have to hear any opinions that differ from ours. Which I think can be both a good and a bad thing, and frankly I want to read some stuff about it because I'm really interested in it.
8. Drood by Dan Simmons- Now. I'm convinced that there's no way that this book can be good, but since it seems to be a mystery narrated by WILKIE COLLINS and involving him and Charles Dickens, I'm also convinced that there's no way it can't be good. And I think the only way to find out is to read it. So this is totally what I'm going to do. Whenever someone buys it for me.
9. What Maisie Knew by Henry James- There exists in the world an updated movie version of this where Alexander Skarsgard plays what I hope can only be described as a pivotal and naked role. Either way, the story sounds like an interesting one, and I'd like to read the book before I see the film. Which you know I'm going to do.
10. As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis de Soto- DAMN, I love books of letters. Even though it feels mildly intrusive, and even though I got the letters of Kerouac and Ginsberg last Christmas and have barely opened that book... I really want this. Because Julia Child seems awesome when Meryl Streep's playing her, so I have to assume that she really was!
So yeah. If I find any of these in my stocking this year, I'd be pretty thrilled. Just so you know, Santa *winks all around at everyone ever*