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TTT: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me


Oh, Santa. He’s just such a great guy. You can ask him anything, and he’ll do his best to meet every need that you have. I’m very fortunate in that I have fantastic contacts in the industry who play Santa for me all year long. As a result, I receive some amazing books from them, so I won’t even think of adding them to this list. Instead, I’m going to make my list an “if only” list … a lot of what I really want to read in 2013 has already been discussed, so this will be a wishes kind of post if you don’t mind. “Dearest Santa, I’ve been very good this year…”



Puppyhood: Life size portraits of puppies, taken at six weeks old by J. Nichole Smith

Life size portraits of puppies. Six weeks old puppies. Is there anything more delicious in this world? Did I mention it had PUPPIES?

The Hare With the Amber Eyes – Deluxe Illustrated Edition by Edmund de WaalThe Hare with the Amber Eyes hardback deluxe

A fascinating account of the author’s search to track down his family’s collection of netsuke through his own history. Utterly absorbing and the illustrations only help to bring the story to life.

The definitive illustrated edition of the international bestseller with gorgeous new photography of the celebrated netsuke collection, and sumptuous full-colour images hand-picked by Edmund de Waal from his family archive. 264 Japanese wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox: Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in his great-uncle Iggie’s Tokyo apartment. When he later inherited the ‘netsuke’, they unlocked a story far larger and more dramatic than he could ever have imagined.

In Death seriesThe complete In Death series by J. D. Robb – either print or audiobook form

I really would like to read this series – but there’s just so… many … books. My eyes kind of glaze over at thought of trying to work my way through it. It does sound like an incredible series though, and I wish I had found out about it sooner. I’m starting to think that I’d like it on audiobook so that I could listen to it in the car each week when I travel to and from the city. I’ve made it through 10 of the Jim Butcher books that way, and it really seems to work for me.

Advance screening tickets to Les MisérablesLes Mis poster

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a HUGE Les Mis fan. Huge, I say. I’ve seen it on stage in both London and Toronto, for a grand total of fourteen times. I even spent one New Year’s Eve attending a special celebration and watching a performance. To say I’m a little excited about the movie’s opening is an understatement. The best part? I can say that I read the book (for real!) and that I really enjoyed it. Haven’t read it? What’s stopping you?

Oh, for those of you who haven’t seen the trailer … enjoy.

 harry potter wizard collectionThe Harry Potter Wizard Collection

My friend Michelle at Just a Lil’ Lost ended up getting this, and while I think it’s absolutely fantastic, there is no way I can justify getting this with my own money. However, if Santa was involved… it is absolutely on my list. What’s inside the beautiful packaging? According to the description: “The limited and numbered set contains each film on Blu-ray, DVD and UV Digital Copy, as well as all the special features included on the previous home video releases… five hours of never-before-seen bonus features, the final two “Creating the World of Harry Potter” features entitled “Story” and “Growing Up” and other new bonus materials as well as the 19 lbs. gift box, assorted memorabilia, a map of Hogwarts, concept art prints, and more.

Fan art that puts Marsters as the lead in Butcher's Dresden Files

Fan art that puts Marsters as the lead in Butcher’s Dresden Files

James Marsters to return to narrate the audiobooks of The Dresden Files for the remainder of the series.

Okay, slight spoiler on this one. For those who don’t know, James Marsters (aka Captain John Hart in Torchwood, Angel in Buffy/Angel, Milton Fines in Smallville, etc) has been the voice of the incredible Jim Butcher audiobooks from the beginning. He does a brilliant job, and I’ve come to associate him as Harry Dresden. Sadly, though, there was a scheduling conflict, and he was not able to narrate Ghost Story. Happily though, it appears that he is once again back in the sound booth to record the next volume. Here’s hoping that Santa can keep him there for the remainder of the twenty book series.

The Architecture Pop Up Book by Anton RadevskyArchitecture Popup

This book amazes me. It’s absolutely beautiful – a history of famous buildings from ancient to modern times in pop-up form. Some of the pages are a complete marvel – they open up into awe-inspiring forms.

In addition to some incredible scissor work, there’s also some great information to be shared about the history of the featured landmarks, and interesting facts. So neat.

Nigella Lawson cookbooks


The complete Nigella cookbook collection

I’ve always been a Nigella fan, yet I don’t own a single one of her cookbooks. I don’t know why – I guess it’s just never been a priority for me. I love watching her cooking shows, and I think she is very talented. I’ve tried a series of her recipes and they have usually always turned out. What could make this even better would be a cooking lesson with Nigella at the same time – could you imagine? A complete collection would allow me to do some great menu planning in preparations for a kick-butt dinner party, Nigella style.

The Complete George R.R. Martin series – as well as the DVD collection for all the HBO series released thus far

I’m determined. I swear. I will get through this series. I just need the most attractive and enticing version of the books possible (and several days of free time) in order to get through them. I’ve watched Season One of the the HBO series, and I was blown away – now I want to be equally blown away by the books.

What do YOU want Santa to bring you this year? Leave your thoughts – or links to your own TTT – in the comments.

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20 Responses »

  1. I WANT that PUPPY book! I had no idea it existed…so stinkin’ cute.


  2. Oooh, I’d totally dig the architecture book, that’s a great way to learn more about the famous structures and its evolution over time 🙂

    Here’s my TTT for this week 🙂


  3. That pop-up book looks fantastic! (I’m a sucker for great paper-engineering).


  4. That Harry Potter set is wonderful, I wonder who I can convince to buy that one for me!

    The Game of Thrones series (book and TV) is fantastic, and there are some gorgeous, albeit expensive editions out at the moment.

    my TTT


  5. Nice post, I’ve already ordered a few books as gifts for family, but hadn’t thought about what I would like. I think I prefer coming up with ideas for others, hard as that can be. More reading time would be the best gift for me!


  6. The architecture book looks amazing- I would love to have it! I really liked your list, so many great books!!!


  7. PUPPIES!! Must… have… puppies! So awesome. So amazing. Hope Santa reads your list 🙂


  8. OH MY GOD I saw the Puppyhood book while I was at the bookstore waiting for a signing to start the other day. I was flipping through it and was like MUST. PUT. DOWN. because the puppies were too stinkin cute! My heart was just melting all over the place. I love puppies hahah.
    Hooray for the In Death series!!! I’m slowly making my way through….. I’m only on 9. So yes, sloooowly


  9. Whoo Les Mis buddies! It is by far my favourite musical as well. I don’t think I’ve seen it 14 times but I must be coming up close to that number. I used to sing and I was always begging my vocal coach to let me sing more Les Mis songs


    • I worked at the private school where Colm Wilkinson’s daughter attended. One year, he agreed to come in and do a small in class performance. I think that there were about 12 kids in the class and at least twice that in the adults. To finish, he sang “bring him home”- I was a complete puddle.


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