All I Want for Christmas…

I probably don’t need to explain what today’s post is about. I love books, and I love holidays, so… bring on the gifts!

In addition to recording what I read (and want to read) on sites like LibraryThing and Goodreads, I also keep wish lists handy on Indiebound and Amazon, when I just can’t wait for Paperbackswap or the library to get with the times.

So without further ado, I present:

Melody’s 2010 Literary Lust List

1. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales by Kate Bernheimer

I’m a big fan of fairy tales, especially modern retellings of the classics. Kate Bernheimer is a very well-known expert on fairy tales, and I always enjoy her collections.

2. Pie in the Sky: The Authorized History of Punkin Chunkin’ by Bob Kotowski

I found this while searching for directions to Punkin Chunkin, Delaware’s most famous fall festival. It takes place a few miles from where I grew up, and it is as old as I am. Coincidence? I’ll have to read the book to find out!

3. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris

I picked this up in the bookstore the other day and immediately began snickering; Sedaris is a very clever writer. I would also accept the audiobook!

4.Ecrits: The First Complete Edition in English by Jacques Lacan

OK, OK, I know. I’m a huge dork. But this is a landmark book on literary criticism that I still haven’t read!


5.Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh by Ina Saltz

6.Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos by Ina Saltz

I’m interested in both of these collections because I’m planning a tattoo to memorialize my brother-in-law, who recently passed away. For some reason, our county library doesn’t have either of these books!

7.The Onion Presents: The Finest Reporting on Literature, Media, and Other Dying Art Forms (Kindle Book)

Oh, The Onion. What would I do without you? Probably get more done at work.

8.YogaNap: Restorative Poses for Deep Relaxation by Kristen Rentz

I love restorative yoga, and would really like an easy, illustrated book to advance my home practice.

9.The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause by Kivi Leroux Miller

While this would be a book that I would use primarily for work, I’m also interested in making my own website more successful on a low budget. This book has gotten good reviews, but so far, it’s too expensive for me to take the plunge.

10.Final Cut Pro 7: Visual QuickPro Guide by Lisa Brenneis

This is another work-related but fun hobby I’m getting into—video editing. I usually like the visual quickstart guides, so this seems like a solid choice.

What about you? What books would you like to see under the tree?

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