With temps in the 70s here in the Phoenix area, it hardly feels like Christmastime at all. I'm reminded at this time of year, more than any other, that you can take the girl out of the Pacific Northwest but you can't take the PNW out of the girl! I miss watching the snow fall, hearing the crackle of a fire in the wood stove, and smelling pine on the breeze. Christmas in Arizona just isn't the same! *Sigh* I'll be home for Christmas ... if only in my dreams ...
Speaking of dreaming, who's fantasizing about bookish gifts waiting for them under the Christmas tree? I always do! The kindred spirits over at The Broke and the Bookish want to know the Top Ten Books (or book-related items) You Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under the Tree. Only ten? I'll try to restrain myself ...
I have it on good authority that these two are already under the tree:
1. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron—I've been intrigued by this one ever since I first heard about it. I'm excited to finally read it.
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling—I broke one of my cardinal rules at Thanksgiving time and went to see this movie before reading the book. I enjoyed the film a lot. Can't wait to see how the book compares.
3. Bookstore gift cards—Okay, this one isn't under the tree, but my sister gave me a Barnes & Noble gift card for an early birthday present. She knows me too well!
The rest of these are books 'n' things I'd love to see under my tree:
4. A new set of hardcover Harry Potter books—I bought all the books in the series as they came out in hardcover. Now that I'm re-reading them, I realize just how much they've been loved to death by my 14-year-old daughter (who claims to have read the whole series eight times). A shiny new set would be the perfect gift!
5. Book earrings—I think these beauties from the Coryographies Etsy shop are about the cutest thing ever. She has lots of other adorable bookish items as well.
6. Scythe by Neal Shusterman—I'm a big Shusterman fan and his newest is definitely on my must-read list this year. It's a dystopian/sci fi story that sounds intriguing.
7. Version Control by Dexter Palmer—I hadn't heard of this futuristic sci fi novel until I opened the newest issue of Bookmarks (see #8) yesterday. It sounds unique and compelling.
8. Bookmarks magazine—I've been a subscriber to Bookmarks for several years now. I love receiving the magazine every couple months. It's a great resource for finding new books to read. If you have a book lover on your Christmas list, consider a gift subscription.
9. To Kill a Mockingbird hardcover by Harper Lee—TKAM is my favorite book of all time, but my only copy is a mass market paperback. Barnes & Noble sells this lovely hardcover version. I think I know how I'm going to be spending my birthday gift card ...
10. Scrabble 2-in-1 Message Board Edition—Bustle listed this walk by Scrabble board as a must-have for word lovers. I agree. How totally fun would this be to have hanging in your house?
There you go, ten books and bookish items I would love to see under my tree. What about you? What bookish Santa surprises would make you squeal with delight? I'd love to know! Make a comment on this post and I will happily return the favor.