This week's Top Ten, hosted at the Broke and the Bookish, is about what books we'd like for Christmas. Which seems a little blatant, but I don't think anyone who gives me presents reads this blog anyway, unless my mom sees it. (Hi Mom!) So we can call this a fantasy wishlist.
10. Roll, Jordan, Roll, by
9. Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, by
8. Goldwork Techniques, Projects, and Pure Inspiration, by
7. The School of Freedom, ed.
6. ALL of the Little Tim books by Edward Ardizzone, especially the rather obscure Ship's Cook Ginger.
5. The Sagas of Icelanders, by
3. The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge -- I would like to get an old edition with the illustrations. It was illustrated by C. Walter Hodges, one of the great illustrators, and the book was dedicated to him--and the new paperback edition took out the illustrations. How does that make any sense?
2. The Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry, by Rosalie K. Fry -- this children's novel was the basis for the wonderful Irish movie, The Secret of Roan Inish. I would love to get an older copy of this book with the original illustrations.
1. Anna Karenina, by Tolstoy -- whatever the best translation is, and a really nice edition, not the cover with the inexplicable bare knees and hydrangeas (I think that's the one that calls Prince Oblonsky "Steve" anyway, right? No, apparently that's the Wordsworth Classics). It's on my must-read list for 2013. (Later edit: Santa must have heard my wish, because I won a free copy!)
Other very nice ideas include Penguin English Library paperbacks, especially The Warden (or better yet all the Barsetshire books in a set!), and original copies of John Bellairs books with their Gorey dustjackets intact. Yeah, that one's a pipe dream.