I think this week’s Top Ten topic is the easiest one ever! At least it is to me since I have put a lot of books on my Christmas wish list. The only difficult thing this week is to limit myself to only 10 books. But I will try my best! As always, the Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and here is my list for this week.
- Ken Follett: World Without End. I read and loved The Pillars of the Earth earlier this year so of course I’m hoping to get this book so I can see what happens next.
- David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas. Some years ago, I stood in a bookstore and debated whether to buy Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas or Ghostwritten. I ended up getting Ghostwritten and I’ve kind of regretted it ever since since Cloud Atlas seems to be the big thing. However, I chose Ghostwritten because I thought it sounded better so I definitely want to read that too. But after watching the trailer for Cloud Atlas, I’m just sold. I so badly want to read that book.
- Diana Gabaldon: Voyager (Outlander #3), Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4). I’ve read the first two of the series but with some years in between and I tend to forget how much I like these books. So after reading Dragonfly in Amber, I decided I wanted to read more books in the series – and soon. So I’m wishing for the next two.
- Alexander Dumas: The Count of Monte Christo. I loved The Three Musketeers as a child. Loved, loved, loved. I really want to reread that book at some point – as well as the other books in the series. But even more, I want to read The Count of Monte Christo. I keep hearing so much good about it so that’s my Classic wish for this Christmas.
- Joyce Carol Oates: Zombie. I’ve always been fascinated by serial killers. And this is written by one of my favorite authors. I really, really want this one!
- Toni Morrison: Beloved. I’ve never read Toni Morrison. It’s about time, right? I got intrigued by reading a review talking about how a woman in the book kills her baby girl because some fates are worse than slavery.
- Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury recently died and that sparked a lot of people talking about him and his books. And I’ve never read anything by him. This one is about book burning and it sounds like something I will just love. Crossing my fingers I get this one!
- J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy. It’s J.K. Rowling’s new book. Of course I want it!
- Salman Rushdie: Joseph Anton. I could write almost the same thing as just above but it’s not entirely true. I have not read a lot by Rushdie but I’m loving his Twitter personality, I really want to read more by him because he’s a very impressive author – and I find it very interesting to learn how he coped with the fatwa.
- Olivia Butler: Kindred. This sounds a bit similar to the Outlander series in plot. It’s about time travelling too but in this book, a woman travels back to the time of slavery in the US. I’ve heard so much good about it so on the list, it went.
- Andrea J. Buchanan (ed.): It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters. I have two girls, two daughters. I like getting inspiration on raising them, learning more about how to make sure we all survive when they become teenagers and just how I can be the best mom I can be. This book sounds very interesting.
- Peggy Orenstein: Cinderella ate my daughter. My oldest daughter is 4, she loves princesses, she talks like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty – and I am not sure that’s necessarily a good thing. So I want to read this book to maybe get a bit of perspective on this whole princess thing and to see if it will become a problem when she grows older.
- Rachel Joyce: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This sounds like an intriguing book. A man writes a letter to a woman dying of cancer – but instead of mailing it, he decided to walk across England to deliver it himself. It was longlisted for the Man Booker and yeah, I want it.
- George R.R. Martin: A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire #1). I want to know what all the fuss is about. And I want to read about the dragons. And the big wall. And what happens when winter comes.
- Freda Warrington: Midsummer Night (Aetherial Tales #2). I read the first one, Elfland, and liked it. I’ve been meaning to get this one for a while but just haven’t seen it anywhere.
Yeah, I know. I lied. I didn’t try my best. I realized I had 14 books on my wish list so I just went with it… These are the 15 books I would love to find beautifully wrapped underneath my Christmas tree on December 24.
Cloud Atlas is inching its way to the top of my TBR too! I tried reading it when it came out and didn’t get into ti, but I’ve heard so many great things about it I need to give it another go. Fahrenheit 451 is a classic, and a little shorty too – you can knock it off in less than a couple of hours. Beloved is so powerful. Great list! Here’s mine:
I just read that one of the characters from Mitchell’s Ghost Written is also in Cloud Atlas so I think I want to read that first. But soon, I hope, because I really want to watch the movie.
And I so so so badly want to read Fahrenheit 451.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage is funny but also poignant. As for Joseph Anton I keep seeing very good reviews for this but Im reading his Midnights Children at the moment and struggling so probably will have had enough of Mr Rushdie for a while
He can be difficult. I struggled so much with The Satanic Verses but really liked Shalimar the Clown. I really want to read Midnight’s Children but I think Rushdie is an author who demands a lot of his readers so most of the time, he’s definitely not easy.
We have such similar tastes in books–I love it.
Me too :-)))
It’s a Girl sounds wonderful! I’m currently reading “Half the Sky”, you might like that as well 🙂
Thanks – I’ll just go read your review of it 🙂
There are so many great books on your list! I love the Outlander series and the Count of Monte Cristo is wonderful. I hope Santa comes through for you!
I hope so too! I love getting books as gifts! And I hope to get The Count of Monte Cristo – my boyfriend has given me a Classic the last couple of years and then I read it the next year and I like that!
Hm – for some reason I can’t post on your blog. What I wanted to say, is this: Wow – Hunger Games in Russian. Impressive! I sometimes think about getting books I know well in either French or German to practice those languages – but so far I’m only thinking about it …
I am intrigued by ‘Cinderella ate my daughter’ – we raised three girls on Disney, and I think they all turned out okay.
Hopping by, Here’s my list…
I’m intrigued by it to. I am at least in part raising my two girls on Disney too and since I heard about this book, I wanted to read it since I do see some issues with the way women are portrayed in (some of) the Disney movies.
Great list – I have Ken Follett on my list too “the pillars of the earth”
Please could you help me with some Danish books I could add to my list?
I just finished Jussi Adler Olsen – loved him!!
Thank you XXXX
The Pillars of the Earth was a really good book. It had some flaws so it was not a 5 stars read for me, but most of it was amazing.
I am not the best to recommend Danish books since I have read 9 books by Danish authors since 2007…! That being said, my mother and I are working on a list of 50 Danish books we feel are the ones, one should have read – you can find it here. I’ve only read one of Jussi Adler Olsen’s books – Flaskepost fra P – and didn’t like it all that much. But I’m not a fan of crime fiction, so maybe that’s why. You already know and read Peter Høeg – how about Christian Jungersen? Undtagelsen was hugely popular in Denmark and it is quite good. Jakob Ejersbo’s trilogy Eksil, Revolution and Liberty are also very famous and I quite liked Eksil (haven’t read the last two yet). Sorgforstøveren by Louise Kringelbach is a not very known little book and I liked it a lot. Another Danish author that I am looking forward to reading is Morten Ramsland (Hundehoved and Sumobrødre) – he’s supposed to be a bit like John Irving…
Thank you so much Christina!! Great suggestions! They are now on my list and send off to Santa 🙂