Stacey Loscalzo

Dec 23

Bookish Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

by Stacey

recite-23617-1763001705-gl1fufAfter participating in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit link up last week, I discovered a great new-to-me blog called The Broke and the Bookish. There are many fun aspects to this blog but my favorite is their Bookish Tuesday link up which features a great, weekly top ten list.

I decided to jump in this week with….

The Top Ten Books I wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

  1. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen. I have read and loved many of Quindlen’s non-fictions books but somehow I never read this one. Nina, one of my Great New Books colleagues has great things to say about this book so I’d love to give it a try.
  2. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp. I first heard about this book on Linda Urban’s site as she hosts #writedaily30. She describes Twyla Tharp as a person who would sit on her own personal board of directors. How great is that? I want a personal board of directors…
  3. Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. A couple of reader friends have recommended this one so it seems like a no brainer for a vacation week. It has been described as a page turner which is just what I am looking for.
  4. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I don’t remember who recommended this one or anything about it but the title sells it in my opinion.
  5. One Day by David Nicholls. I am reading Nicholls’ latest, Us, right now and loving it. The premise of One Day looks really interesting so this one seems like a good follow up to Us.
  6. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. With The Red Tent mini-series playing right now, I keep thinking about how much I loved that book. Diamant has a new book out now and while it seems awfully different from The Red Tent, it still looks pretty good.
  7. Redeployment by Phil Kay. While I don’t typically like short stories, two of my Great New Books colleagues, Julia and Jessica, chose Redeployment as their favorite read of 2014 so I would definitely like to try this one.
  8. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Nelson’s recent book ,I’ll Give You the Sun,  was one of my favorites this year, so I would love to read her earlier work.
  9. 11/22/63 by Steven King. I have heard about this book recently from lots of different types of readers. While really long, I think it would be worth a read.
  10. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. I haven’t read one of Anderson’s YA books in a long time and I miss her beautiful writing and amazing story telling ability.


  1. Sue says:

    Love lists like this. The Stephen Kjng one is on my shelf.

  2. I’ve read some books from your list and am excited to add others. I am definitely going to check out the creativity book from Twyla Tharp. Thank you. 

  3. Tamara says:

    I have read “One Day” and I’m very curious about “Us.” I’ve heard of a few friends reading it this week!

  4. Allie says:

    One Day and Anna’s Plenty of Cake will probably make my top 100 books- one day when I’m old and gray:)!

  5. Dana says:

    This is a great list! I’m definitely going to use it as a referrnce when I head to the library or bookstore.

  6. Nina says:

    Great list! I’m excited for a fresh new reviews page on my blog. Something cool about knowing it will be filled with 40-50 new books by this time next year and I yet know what they will be. 

  7. Donna says:

    Looks like I’ve found my 2015 reading list! Hope your holidays are wonderful & looking forward to more inspiring lunches in 2015.

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