Every Tuesday, the bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly feature where bloggers count down their top ten of the given topic!
Given the holiday season, this week's topic is the top ten books I hope Santa brings. There was no way I could ignore this one this week, as I asked for a LOT of books this year. :) I did show some restraint and only passed along my most wanted, but that was still a really high number.
In any case, here are the top ten books I really want for Christmas. And in some cases, I cheated and put a few under one number. You'll see why when you get there. :)
10. Halt's Peril by John Flanagan: This is the newest release in one of my all-time favorite series. I adore the Ranger's Apprentice series and can't wait to pass them on to my children (very far off in the future). They are fun and action-packed reads that I always enjoy!
9. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz: If you're telling me that I can make Cauldron Cakes and Pumpkin Pasties here at home, I want to. A friend bought this book and after looking in it, I know that I am going to have to get my own copy. And you can bet that I'll even try casting spells as well!
8. The Divine Comedy: Paradise (Book 3) by Dante: I only own The Inferno, so I need to finish the set!
7. The Divine Comedy: Purgatory (Book 2) by Dante: Like above, I need to collect the whole set before I begin. Since The Divine Comedy counts as only 1 book on my master list, having all three at hand would make conquering them a bit easier.
6. The Iliad by Homer: I don't own a copy of The Iliad!! And considering how much I love The Odyssey, this is surprising (really, I named my blog after it). I also would love to have another Greek masterpiece translated by the awesome Robert Fagles at my hands, since he is a master of Greek translation.
5. The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy: I would really like to read this shorter Tolstoy piece before I begin the mammoth War and Peace next month. I feel like a small taste of Tolstoy before the whole big chunk would make conquering it feel a bit easier.
4. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky: I have one more novel by this big Russian guy to read and I have yet to get my hands on an edition. And since I am hosting a readalong of it this coming year, I suppose I need a copy eventually.
3. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak: I have yet to get my hands on a copy of this one, and since it is yet another title on my list of books to read, it'll be easier to do so if it is sitting on my shelf! And this new edition is so lovely!
2. Assorted plays by William Shakespeare: I asked for the rest of the Shakespeare plays on my list that I don't own (about 12???). I am really going to work on getting more of his plays read this coming year (I did sign up for a Shakespeare Challenge), and owning the plays is one step closer to making that happen! I asked for a combination of the lovely Folger editions (seen above) as well as the Barnes and Noble Shakespeare editions (surprisingly wonderful editions that are easy to read).
1. Penguin Clothbound Classics: I already own 13 of these beauties, but there are 8 (10 if you count the two that are no longer in production-Crime and Punishment and Madame Bovary) that I don't own (and I just noticed that Gulliver's Travels isn't pictured here. That one too). I LOVE these editions and want to own the whole set. I've already read a few of the ones I own and I simply love these editions. They are well done and all of the supplemental material makes these a treasure.