Top Ten Tuesday: The Santa Edition

21 Dec

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s Top Ten theme is our Santa Wish List – i.e. what books we want Santa to leave in our stockings. One time Em left a letter for Santa in the fireplace that read that her sister didn’t believe in him and that if he was real that he should keep the note…and he totally did! He left presents for her sister too, so she must have really believed after all. We didn’t send letters this year, but hopefully Santa has himself some Internet up at the North Pole.

Em’s Wish List:

1. The Great Escape: Or, The Sewer Story by Peter Lippman. This picture book is SO good! Baby alligators are stolen from their families/homes and sold as pets to city dwellers. Once the alligators start to get too big and alligator-y their owners flush them down the toilet and there’s this whole community of gators living in the sewer. That is, until they plan their great escape! I loved this book as a kid and recently wanted to get it for my library but it’s out of print and super pricey for a used book.

2. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book 1 by N.K. Jemisin. All that I have heard about this book makes me want to read it ASAP – racial diversity, homosexual relationships that are not scorned, high fantasy, “challenging” – yes please.

3. The Candle Cafe Cookbook by Joy Pierson. I have this theory that if your restaurant makes amazing food, then your cookbook is probably pretty awesome too. Will let you know if I ever prove this theory one way or the other.

4. Animal Man, Book 1 by Grant Morrison or Angel: After The Fall by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch (edited to include Brian Lynch – writers are very important!). In general, I am always happy to receive comic books or graphic novels as gifts. The Grant Morrison run of Animal Man is great. I rarely meet people who have read it and that is a shame. I did a graphic novel swap with a friend once in which I lent him my copy and we forgot to ever swap back. My collection misses this one. And good old Angel. My fiancee and I rewatched the television series, Angel, this fall and it made me want to know what happens next. (EDIT: an interesting connection between these two titles: the book that ended up in my collection after the graphic novel swap that caused me to lose my beloved Animal Man, was Joss Whedon’s Fray, so I couldn’t feel too bad for myself)

5. Forever by Judy Blume. I am embarrassed to admit that I have never read this classic YA novel. That’s not to say that I haven’t read select sections thanks to my friend Gayle in middle school taking on the task of showing me and my friends where all the sex parts were in books (she had the page numbers memorized! in multiple books!).

Nora’s Wish List:

1. 100% Official Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber. Our library system refuses to purchase enough copies of this book to meet the demand, and I need to read the book before the movie comes out on Feb. 11th. I don’t want to miss out on any important details. Apparently Justin likes grilled cheese and going to the mall! What else do I not yet know????

2. Neon Angel: A Memoir of A Runaway by Cherie Currie. I hear Cherie spends her time these days making chainsaw sculptures. This does not change the fact that I need more Runaways info. I want to know more about the Lita Ford drama…the movie barely touched on it.

3. Just Kids by Patti Smith. So many rock bios! I almost put down the Keith Richards book instead, but I got that one for my dad, so I can always steal it from him. Anyway, Patti Smith! Check out the “Horses” scene in the film All Over Me.

4. Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill. No, I don’t like Soundgarden. But I do like violent sci-fi YA featuring cannibals!

5. The Living and the Dead by Jason. Zombies + Minimalist Graphic Novel + Norwegian Author = Good.

What books are at the top of your wish list?

7 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: The Santa Edition”

  1. Meredith 22. Dec, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Em, you’re going to love Forever (it’s Judy Blume!). I don’t think my adolescence would have been the same without her and that book.

    Meanwhile, I’m LOLing at Justin Bieber.

  2. G 25. Dec, 2010 at 3:54 am #

    Credit for Angel: After The Fall should also go to Brian Lynch, since, he, I don’t you know, wrote the thing.

    Other than that, nice list.

    • em 25. Dec, 2010 at 9:43 am #

      Agreed. Apologies to Brian Lynch. I’ll edit the post to include him. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Jim 26. Dec, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    Like you, have somehow never read Forever so that’s definitely something I should change in 2011.

    The only one on your list I HAVE read is Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which is so utterly, incredibly, amazingly fantastic that I read it twice in a few days – it’s one which definitely benefits from rereading so you can see how everything fits together. Hope you enjoy it!

    • Em 28. Dec, 2010 at 10:39 am #

      I didn’t get Hundred Thousand Kingdoms for Christmas, but I did get a gift card to a book store and got it for myself the day after! Looking forward to reading it!

  4. Nikki 28. Dec, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    I actually laughed out loud when I read that Nora wants the Justin Bieber book! I took my cousin to his concert earlier this month and I skimmed her book. I didn’t read any of it though, so I didn’t gain any insights, but there’s some nice behind the scenes pictures from his concerts.

    Aside from the Justin Bieber book, I’ve only heard of Forever – I haven’t read any of these though. I hope you ladies received at least a few of the books you wanted =)

    • Em 28. Dec, 2010 at 10:42 am #

      Nora loves music bios – did you notice that she has three on her list? We thought it would be funny to have a book group discussion on the Justin Bieber book – hasn’t happened yet.

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