The tree is is ready, reindeer food has been thrown in the garden and cookies and chocolate are waiting for Santa next to the tree. We are ready for him to show up and decorate our tree and put our presents beneath the tree.
Because that’s our tradition in our home. Santa decorates our tree and brings the presents while we sleep. The family arrive at 3 PM and then we eat, sing Christmas carols while walking around the tree and then we exchange gifts at about 6 PM or so – and then for the rest of the evening…
So this is the list of the books I hope to find tonight.
As always, the Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
- Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence. Each year, my boyfriend gifts me a Classic which I then read sometime before next Christmas. This Christmas Classic is one of our traditions and Iove it. This year I have wished for my first Edith Wharton. Previous Christmas Classics have included War and Peace, Les Misérables and Madame Bovary.
- Stephen King: The Shinging & Doctor Sleep. I love The Shining but I don’t own it and with it’s sequel being published this year, of course I have high hopes to find these two under the tree.
- Donna Tartt: The Goldfinch. I love Donna Tartt’s books. She takes forever to write them but they are worth the wait. And The Goldfinch sounds so wonderful, I can hardly contain myself. So, so want!
- Kahled Hosseini: And the Mountains Echoed. Third novel from Hosseini. Another of this year’s big books. I own, have read and loved The Kite Runner and I want to read both this one and the previous one, A Thousand Splendid Suns.
- Walter Moers and John Brownjohn: The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonia #1). Because of SJ, I seriously hope to get this one. If not, I have to order it for myself. The fourth book in this series is called The City of Dreaming Books, for crying out loud. I have to read these!!!
- Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood & MaddAddam. (See how I managed to make this a very long Top Ten?) I want to explore Margaret Atwood’s books. That was actually one of my goals for this year and I haven’t done so… But I really want to read this trilogy so fingers crossed that it will be there and I can dig into it before New Years!
- Karl Ove Knausgaard: My Struggle. I have been postponing reading these – or maybe rather trying to avoid reading them. But I keep hearing about how amazing this series are so I promise to stop trying to avoid them and instead embrace them. It’s sort of a modern Proust – so what’s not to like? (says the girl who’ve read one book of the 14 books Danish translation…!)
- Féliz J. Palma: The Map of the Sky. I loved The Map of Time. I keep saying it was a wild ride and it was and I want more books that are like that so I’m hoping the sequel will be too.
- Andrea J. Buchanan (ed.): It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters
- Peggy Orenstein: Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Both of these books for pretty much the same reason. I have girls, two of them in fact, and I really want them to grow up to be independent, strong and with confidence in their own abilities. And since I am a book person, of course I read books about raising kids, raising girls.
(I actually have more wishes but I forced myself to stick with ten – or almost sticking to ten…)
Have a very Merry and beautiful Christmas – hopefully filled with books (and family, love, laughter and all that stuff, but books too!)
Oh, I just got myself a copy of Oryx and Crake, and today I bought The Golem and the Jinni as a Christmas gift to myself 🙂
Oh The Golem and the Jinni sounds so good too! It’s on my extended wish list. Happy Holidays!
It does seem interesting. I hope it’s good. I might start 2014 with that 🙂
Yeah it’s important to start the year with a good book to kind of set the tone for the rest of the year. I’m considering starting with Robin Hobb’s The Farseer Trilogy because I have so much fantasy I’m interested in reading at the moment. Maybe 2014 will be a year of reading fantasy!
You are absolutely right! Sounds good…I hope that you have a wonderful reading year 🙂
What a lovely image you paint of the family singing around the tree. I’m curious what you will be eating? An Austrian friend of mine always has picked herrings and a selection of cold meats.
Wonderful list, Christina! Hope you find all of them under your Christmas tree. I have Edith Wharton’s ‘The Age of Innocence’ but I haven’t read it yet. I want to read ‘The Goldfinch’ too. Loved Donna Tartt’s ‘The Secret History. You comment that she takes forever to write a book, made me smile 🙂
The Goldfinch and The Secret History were two of the best books I read all year. I can’t wait for you to read The Goldfinch!
I love that classic books tradition! I even nudged my boyfriend and made him read it 😉 I have never read the Shining, but I know that I got it for Christmas so I’m extra excited now. Merry Christmas!
I read Cinderella ate my daughter a couple of years ago–it was pretty good. God jul!