Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Please, Santa, Just a Few Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we're talking about books on our Christmas list.

... I recently finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and want to know more about the Brontes

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
... I loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Villette by Charlotte Bronte
... I want to read more by Charlotte, too

...The Sense of an Ending was a favorite last year

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
...  I want to read one more Hemingway before visiting his Key West home

... Travels with Charley made me want to learn more about Steinbeck's life

... okay, so I'm pre-occupied with Steinbeck 

... I saw Lincoln last weekend

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
... I loved North and South


... just because

So that's my list today. Obviously I'm in the mood for classics, biographies, and letters at the moment. There seems to be a theme developing for 2013...

Find links to more posts here. What's on your Christmas list?

49 comments:

  1. Team of Rivals is a book I want to read too. I haven't asked for any books for Christmas, but I suspect I might be getting a nice cook book, possibly Nigellisima. Joanne

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    1. Seagreen reader - Funny thing is I bought that book for my husband a couple of years ago. He took it on vacation and left it there because it was hardcover and he didn't want to carry it home :-(

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  2. I need to read more Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending was amazing. Great choices!

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    1. Wan Chat- Barnes really is an excellent writer, isn't he? I have a couple more of his books on my wish list, too.

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  3. The Sun Also Rises is one of my favorite books. Hope you get it in your Christmas stocking!

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    1. Harvee - I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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  4. All those Bronte books sound great. I've not read beyond Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, but I'd like to some day!

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    1. Donttakemybooksaway - That was the extent of my Bronte reading prior to this month, too. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was better than either of them (in my opinion) and now I must read more of and about the Brontes.

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  5. I've had Agnes Grey and Villette for ages and still haven't read them! I should. I love the Brontes.

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    1. Loni - I have become the Bronte's newest fan!

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  6. Quite handy to post a list! Send the link out to everyone! I bet you are going to get everything you want and more...

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    1. Sandy - I may have to print this post and put it in Santa's inbox ;-)

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  7. Some great choices! I have the Brontës biography - now I just need to make myself read it. As many other books it's been lingering on the TBR shelf for over a year...

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    1. Ana - After reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, I am most excited to read the Bronte bio.

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  8. Wonderful list! Savage Beauty blew my mind when I read it -- it was the first of the more 'relational' biographies I'd ever read, the kind where the biographer doesn't pretend to be invisible -- it was very eye-opening for me. I hope you get it!

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    1. Audra - Your comment makes me want to read Savage Beauty even more! I may read nothing but literary bios over the winter.

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  9. I love this list! Villette is my favourite Bronte book, ever, so I love to see it on lists like this. And the Bronte biography was on Netgalley recently - you might still be able to request a copy?

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    1. Sam - I have yet to sign up for Netgalley. Don't know what I'm waiting for...

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  10. Love your list. Off to see if Steinbeck, A Life in Letters is available in audio. Hope Santa reads your list.

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    1. Diane - I haven't seen either Steinbeck book on audio, but please let me know if you find them!

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  11. I don't think there's anything wrong with being a little preoccupied with Steinbeck! He's a wonderful author. I have a lot of nonfiction books on my Christmas wish list.

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    1. Vasilly - It seems that most of the book I want to own are nonfiction these days, and I do love Steinbeck...

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  12. What a great list. I'm especially interested in the two Steinbeck books and the Julian Barnes collection. Those two authors were good reads for me this past year too.

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    1. Margot - Steinbeck has been a favorite for as long as I can remember, but I just discovered Julia Barnes last year... I want to keep reading more of them both!

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  13. I've yet to make a Christmas list and I do think there will only be one book on it When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. I wanted some quilting software, so ordered it and will give it to hubby to wrap. Other than that, I just want for my sister to come home for the holiday.

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    1. Heather - I hope your sister gets home! SUch a smart idea to help your husband with his shopping ;-)

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  14. I've no plans of adding more books to my shelves this Christmas season though I acquire 9 books last week among them is Hemingway's Farewell to Arms

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    1. Nana - I really thought I could avoid asking for more books for Christmas, but I just can't seem to help myself ;-)

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  15. I liked Villette but Agnes Grey so much more. Hope your wishes come true, JoAnn.

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    1. Claire - After being lukewarm to both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, loving The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was a bit of a surprise. I know I'll be spending more time with the Brontes in 2013!

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  16. Savage Beauty is a wonderful bio. I've just begun the Bronte bio and so far, so good. I think Villette might be my personal fave of the Bronte sisters' books.

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    1. Amy - If Villette is your favorite, I'm looking forward to it even more! BTW, you were the first to recommend Savage Beauty, too.

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    2. Savage Beauty read almost like a novel--a really good novel. Enjoy!

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  17. I love where your mood is taking you. Many of these appeal to me so we will see how you influence some of my reading choices next year!

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    1. I know for a fact that you've sparked my interest in reading Wildfell. I have it so I really need to read it!!

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    2. Staci - You should give it a try! I thought The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was better than either Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre, but I do need to reread Jane Eyre. It's been a while ;-)

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  18. The cover alone of the Brontes book is enough to draw me in. I'm also a big fan of Steinbeck - I'll have to give those a closer look too. Great list! I hope Santa gets a copy ;)

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    1. Trish - I told Santa where to find my list. We'll see ;-)

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  19. I have The Tenant of Wildfell Hall on my TBR shelf. Is it really good? Some years ago I read that East of Eden will be made into a new film version with Tom Hooper directing. I can't wait for his Les Miz. coming soon. Doris K. Goodwin has Spielberg to thank (or vice versa) for her book's popularity. You're welcome to stop by my review of Lincoln and share your thoughts. Have you read or watched Life of Pi? It's certainly different from all the other films being offered currently.

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    1. Arti - I thought The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was better than either Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre (my only Bronte novels), so I'm surprised Anne gets so little attention.

      Previews for Les Miz look promising - we saw them prior to Lincoln. I bought Goodwin's book for my husband a couple of years ago, but we can't find it on the shelves. I think he left it in Florida with his father.

      I have not read or watched Life of Pi. Can't put a finger on the reason, but I have avoided both. I'm going to catch up on your blog this morning... can't wait to read your review.

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  20. I hope Santa's good to you. Looks like you have some great ones on your list.

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    1. Carol - I directed Santa to the list. We'll see...

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  21. Such a great wish list! I would be very happy to get many of your choices in my stocking, too, but I would especially love the Bronte biography. I checked it out from the library, but I'd really like my own copy so I can take my time with it.

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    1. Anbolyn - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall has sparked my interest in the Brontes. I like to own biographies, too. They are always better when you can slowly work your way through without having to worry about due dates!

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  22. You will love Savage Beauty! It is one of the best biographies I have ever read. Edna St. Vincent Millay was fascinating. The Sun Also Rises is my favorite book by Hemingway. And I just came from the bookstore where I picked up a copy of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Agnes Grey together in one volume. I bought the biography of the Brontes and it looks very good; it is actually an update of the one by Juliet Barker written in 1994 which I read back then. I am fascinated by the Brontes and so couldn't wait to get this one and see what new things the author has learned. A lovely list and it makes me smile at all the good books out there -- it seems that mostly the classics are attracting me right now.

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    1. Sunday Taylor - Compiling this list really showed that I'm being pulled toward classics and literary biographies/letters, once again. Perhaps I've overdosed on current fiction this year? Either way, I will choose my 2013 reading selections carefully.

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  23. I've had Team of Rivals on rather long-term loan from my parents and would really like to find time for it soon. Perhaps in February in honor of Lincoln's birthday?

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    1. Lisa - I bought Team of Rivals for my husband a couple of years ago. He took it on vacation and left it with his father in Florida. I hate to buy the book again, but I may end up doing just that. February would be the perfect time to read it!

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  24. I've had Vilette on my shelves for years! Must get to it. I saw Lincoln too and now am less likely to read a Team of Rivals, LOL.

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