Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me

TIME IS RUNNING OUT in my Holiday Giveaway. I have thirteen orphaned YA books and they need a happy home. Your bookshelf could be that place.

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My previous TTT's: Worst Ways to End a Book, Literary Characters I Want to Marry Books I'd Want on a Deserted Island, Books/Authors I'm Thankful for, Most Anticipated Books of 2013

I LOVE Christmas. Christmas means peppermint mochas, poinsettias, gingerbread cookies, carols, and GOODIES. Everybody knows the best kind of goody to give and receive is a book. These are some of the MANY, MANY books I wouldn't mind showing up under my tree.

If I am lucky enough to receive these books, I will react with grace and humility maybe.

1.      SCARLET by Marissa Meyer. I’ve said it once, I’ve said it… okay, not a hundred times, but at least thrice: I would like this book now please. I’m sure Santa has all kinds of access to ARCs, so I don’t see why he can’t bring me that one.

2.      SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo. Same as above. Thank you kindly.

 Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey (Collector's Edition)
I will let Amazon do the talking:
"Worthy of a vault at Gringotts, this amazing limited edition collection includes eight exquisitely crafted volumes shelved with a scale prop replica of The Monster Book of Monsters and a gilded, oversized portfolio with five frame-able prints of concept art. Featuring never-before-published art and text chronicling the making of the Harry Potter films, the set is limited to just 3,000 copies worldwide. 

"Seven of the volumes were created expressly for this collection and delve into different aspects of the filmmaking, showing how the team designed locations, graphics, costumes, creatures, and special effects. A book of the paintings of Hogwarts showcases the exquisite artistry of each. A keepsake book filled with snapshots and personal photos looks at the lasting relationships between cast and crew. The eighth volume is a cloth-bound edition of the New York Times Best-seller, Harry Potter: Page to Screen. All of these precious objects are housed in a collectible box that looks like it came from Diagon Alley. Arriving at your doorstep with a numbered certificate of authenticity, this limited edition is the ultimate collectible for any wizard or Muggle. 

This collector’s edition includes:
      • A cloth-covered case, styled to look like a shelf from a shop in Diagon Alley
      • A cloth-bound edition of Harry Potter: Page to Screen
      • Seven additional volumes detailing the Harry Potter creative team’s ten years of extensive efforts:
            * The Creature Shop Compendium: Flora and Fauna from the Harry Potter Films
            * Environments Envisioned: Building Fantastic Sets and Scouting Dramatic Locations
            * A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films
            * Movie Magic: Practical Props and Exciting Effects
            * The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets
            * Ten Years Later: Life on Set with the Harry Potter Cast and Crew
            * Wizard Wear and Muggle Attire: Costuming the World of Harry Potter
      • A replica of The Monster Book of Monsters film prop
      • A gilded portfolio of five frame-able prints of original Harry Potter concept art"

This. Mine. Want. *drools* Yes, it’s casually six hundred dollars, but… 

4.      The MATCHED series by Ally Condie
I’ve never read them, and I know this is a thing that must be rectified IMMEDIATELY.

5.      UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
Ditto above. I’ve heard tremendous things about it.

6.      DIVERGENT and INSURGENT by Veronica Roth
Ditto also. So many amazing books of the past I need to get to, so little time.

I just really like Downton Abbey, guys. I love melodrama, British history, pretty castles, and even prettier old timey clothes. And books full of big glossy pictures.

I love fairy tales, I love Phillip. Easy math.

9.      THE COMPLETE NOVELS OF JANE AUSTEN. Yes, I already own them all. I have every book in its own volume, plus an anthology with all of them together, plus an old illustrated copy of Pride and Prejudice that belonged to my mom. BUT LOOK AT THESE. THEY ARE SO PRETTY:
 I will buy any book if it's pretty. I own so many books, and I keep buying the same ones over and over because they keep updating them with PRETTY COVERS. I'm like a book magpie. I'm attracted to the shiny.
EDITED TO ADD: I just bought them. I have no self-control It's my gift to me. Stop looking at me like that.

Ooh, look at it. It's so shiny. So shiny and full of illustrations and annotations. I love those things so much.
EDITED TO ADD: My mom just told me she already bought me this and was going to give it to me for Christmas. Now she's annoyed that I have ruined the surprise. "If SOME PEOPLE were not so PICKY about the GIFTS that they GET..." (Yes, I know she didn't have to tell me, but don't ruin her rant with your logic). My mother is both a delight and a grump. THANKS MOM.

What bookish delights are you hoping for this Christmas? Do you love me someone enough to get them that Harry Potter gift set? Or will you be giving out old, much-loved copies from your own personal library, like my grandpa does to me? (I love those. They always have improbably low old-timey prices written in pencil on the inside of them, some even have his notes in the margins. BOOKS = LOVE, GUYS).


  1. What a great, and diverse, list! I love some of the gorgeous books that you've chosen -- especially that Harry Potter book! Wow!

    I'm halfway through Insurgent at the moment, and loving it! Such a great series -- hope you find the time to get to it soon!

  2. That gif at the top made me laugh out loud!

    PS. Never too much Austen :-)

  3. Wow, that Austen collection looks amazing! I already own two sets of all her books (three if you include Persuasion and Sense & Sensibility) but I'd totally get that =D

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  4. oh my goodness you need to read Divergent Santa! bring her Divergent and Insurgent. Second I am actually giving a way a copy of Under the Never Sky right now. Third, I am so so so with you I don't want to wait for Scarlet and Siege and Storm I want them now, bad. Fourth, my hubby totally made fun of me for wanting that Potter book pppsh what does he know I think I'll ask my inlaws for it ha

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    1. *instantly hurries over to Marissa's blog and enters the UTNS contest* THANK YOU! Crossing my fingers for it.

      I showed the Harry Potter set to my mother all hopefully today and she just raised an eyebrow at me. I am unlikely to receive it this Christmas. BUT THERE'S ALWAYS HOPE.

  5. Im with you on Divergent and Insurgent. So many books not enough time. I hope you all these. Enjoy! Feel free to stop and view My TTT

  6. I want that Harry Potter collection so badly it isn't funny! Although I'll accept the Philip Pullman and Jane Austen (just because of how pretty it is- I'm not even a JA fan!) in its at a stretch!

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    4. Never read this either but I really, really need to!
    5. SO GOOD. Read it now!
    7. *screams* I didn't even knew this existed. HOW can I NOT have known that?

    You can never go wrong with an Elf gif

  8. Love the idea of film companion books! Divergent made my list too, and I need to read the Matched series as well. Great picks! :D My TTTs are at LKHill and Musings on Fantasia. Happy Tuesday! :D (Now following you via GFC, btw. :D)

  9. The Harry Potter books look excellent--I'd be drooling over them if they weren't so darn expensive...:D I really like the Monster Book of Monsters prop recreation, and I wonder if it actually has anything it in or if it's sealed shut or something.

  10. Okay, I'm not sure I saw anything else on your list past that Harry Potter collection. Oh. My. Gosh. That? Is AMAZING! But holy crud, $600?? *cries softly* That would be such an amazing thing to own!!!
    Hope you get everything on your list this year! :) (Especially the Harry Potter collection)
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  11. Hopefully Santa is very nice to you! :) I love the HP collection... that's amazing!!!

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  12. I love reading all these booky wish lists! I need to read Divergent. I feel like the last blogger on Earth who hasn't!

  13. Oh! The World of Downton Abbey-great pick! And so clever to ask Santa for an ARC. I would LOVE to have Scarlet for Christmas too! Great list. Here is mine

  14. I want all of the things you want. ALL OF THEM. But I feel like that shouldn't be surprising to anyone since we all love books here.

  15. Our lists are extremely similar, except mine also contains tons and tons of graphic novels. Basically all I want for Christmas is books. And socks. I'm like an old person's dream gift recipient.

    Also: AH! That Harry Potter boxset thing is amazing. Why would you show this to me? You know I can't afford it D:


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