I’ve found that there’s a strange paradox about being a book lover at Christmas. I should be the easiest person in the world to shop for — when in doubt, just buy me a book! But somehow I never seem to get books for Christmas. Maybe one or two volumes will find their way under the tree, but that’s about it! I think it’s because my loved ones aren’t sure what I already have, and they’re scared to take the risk. Can’t say I blame them, frankly! So here are ten books I’d love for Santa to bring me, in no particular order:
1. Carol Berg, The Daemon Prism — This is the third book in a series whose first two installments I already own. Gotta complete the set!
2. Caryl Brahms & S.J. Simon, Don’t, Mr. Disraeli! — I loved No Bed for Bacon, a hilarious send-up of the Elizabethan era by these two authors, so I can only imagine how much fun their take on Victoriana would be!
3. Mark Bittman, How to Cook Everything — I admit with shame that I don’t really know how to cook. There are a few dishes I know how to make, but honestly, it’s easier to just eat out or make something really easy, like a sandwich or pasta. I think one of my goals for 2015 will be to cook more often and try some new recipes.
4. P.G. Wodehouse, Something Fresh — I adore Wodehouse’s brand of humor and have read a lot of the Jeeves short stories, but I haven’t tried any Blandings Castle books yet.
5. Intisar Khanani, Thorn — I stumbled upon this book the other day and was immediately enchanted by the cover. Also, it’s a retelling of the Goose Girl fairy tale, and I do love me some fairy tale retellings!
6. Jill Paton Walsh, A Presumption of Death — I’ve been collecting the Lord Peter Wimsey books for several years now, and I finally have all of the original Sayers novels. Now I can start grabbing the Jill Paton Walsh books too!
7. Angela Thirkell, High Rising — I’ve decided that I really like 20th-century British female authors, and this book looks right up my alley.
8. Diana Wynne Jones, Deep Secret — I REALLY need to read some more Diana Wynne Jones!
9. Robin McKinley, Shadows — Even though this wasn’t my favorite McKinley novel, I feel a strong need to own all her books.
10. Any of the Belknap annotated editions of Jane Austen — They’re just so pretty!
What books are you hoping to receive this Christmas?