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?