Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year
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This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year
My list of books is a mixed bag, to say the least! Please, Santa, I’ve been very good this year. And while you can do many things, I know you can’t speed up time or go into the future to bring me books that haven’t been published yet, so all my picks are books that are already released.
For the first time, this collection compiles the three Dunk and Egg prequel novellas to A Song of Ice and Fire. Why opt for the print edition instead of the ebook or audio? Why, because of the visual presentation of course, which includes illustrations from the amazingly talented artist Gary Gianni. Whenever I hear that a book has artwork, I always prefer the physical copy! I flipped through the pages of this in a bookstore once, it is indeed gorgeous.
Another reason to opt for a physical copy is when the finished hardcover looks this amazingly cool. I’ve read Six of Crows already, but since I listened to the audiobook, I totally wouldn’t mind if Santa were to leave me one of these limited edition pretties with the black-stained pages under the tree. It looks awesome!
Yet another reason to yearn for a physical copy is when you have no other choice! Silver on the Road is a book I’d love to listen to in audio; I imagine the experience would be incredibly immersive given the fantasy-western setting and the atmosphere. Unfortunately, as of this writing there is still no audiobook version or even news of one in the works. I don’t know if I can wait much longer, the book is too tempting! If this were to show up under my tree on Christmas morning, I certainly wouldn’t complain.
Here’s some random useless trivia about me: I like to collect art books. I might have mentioned that before in passing, but I especially like video game concept art. I like poring over things like costume or weapon design, seeing how the artists envision the game environment and characters, and tracking how ideas eventually make it into the final product (if they do at all). Fallout 4 the game is one of the most visually stunning games I’ve ever played (amazing, for a post-apocalyptic wasteland) and I’d love to see the artistic development behind it.
Video game art books make up the majority of my art book collection, but sometimes depending on what it is I’ll also pick up art books or illustrated compendium-type books for movies, shows, etc. As it happens, I like collecting anything that has to do with Star Wars too, so this is definitely a must-have.
I was actually offered this graphic novel for review earlier this year, but due to time constraints I had to decline. I did make sure to put Monstress on my to-buy list though, because the preview pages that I was sent simply knocked my socks off. This technically is only one single issue of the comic, but it is filled with over 70 pages of drop-dead gorgeous art. Last I heard, first printings of this is already sold out at most comic book stores.
In case you missed it, I made an announcement in my last Bookshelf Roundup about an upcoming feature I’m hoping to start in the new year: Adult coloring book reviews. I hope to check out this one at some point. I’ve heard that it’s more of a book of illustrations and line drawings rather than a true coloring book, but I feel up for a good challenge, and if nothing else I can always keep this just to appreciate the beautiful artwork.
Speaking of artsy-crafty things, I’ve been known to enjoy some crocheting in my spare time. Before my Baby #2 came along earlier this year I made several amigurumis (crocheted stuffed toys) for her, but it’s been close to a year since I last picked up the hooks and yarn. I hope to get into the hobby again after the holidays, once things slow down a little. I only found out recently there has been another addition to this great series! I’ve made some adorable animals from previous Zoomigurumi books, and it would be fun to try new patterns.
I make it no secret that I’m a huge fan of Juliet Marillier, though I was pretty late in joining the club so there’s quite a backlist of her books for me to plunder. Right now I’m in the middle of reading her Sevenwaters series and I haven’t even gotten a chance to pick up her Wildwood series yet. Santa, if you would to be so kind as to bring me these two books, you won’t even have to wrap them – they’re just too beautiful to cover up!
If I were rich…I’d probably take up rare book collecting as a hobby, buying up any and all ultra-limited or special editions of books by my favorite authors, like this leather-bound and embossed edition of Elantris commemorating the 10 year anniversary of Brandon Sanderson’s first novel. Seriously, if I were swimming in money, I would have dropped $100 on this baby already. Unless I win the lottery though, I’ll just settle for fantasizing about Santa bringing me one.