Christmas Wish List

I’ve been thinking about my Christmas wish list.  I came across a note on my iphone of books I’d read about in the New York Times Book Review that I thought would really interest me, plus I’ve seen reviews on other sites, including Goodreads, that sound really great as well.  So I thought maybe I’d better begin compiling a list.  I don’t really believe in Santa anymore (despite Miracle on 34th St. being one of my favourite Christmas movies) but at least they’ll be fresh in my own mind when I’m browsing online to order something new.  Here’s what I have so far.


Song of the Shank by Jeffery Renard Allen (an exploration of race, music, and opportunism in the Civil War era)

Unbroken by Laura Hilenbrand (about an Australian Olympic athlete during WWII; coming out soon as a movie directed by Angelina Jolie)

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix (a big box mystery — review featured on my Sunday reblog)

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz (highly recommended by Richard of Everything is Possimpible)

Obasan by Joy Kagawa (featured recently after reading about it on Goodreads)

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben MacIntyre

The Good Spy, the Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird  (great reviews on Goodreads)

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (a biography)

The Man in the Queue, Inspector Alan Grant #1 by Josephine Tey   (I used to have this book and lost, misplaced or loaned it out and want it back)

Mystery Mile, an Albert Campion Mystery by Margery Allingham    (a mystery series I haven’t tried yet)

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills (Harper Lee only wrote one book — To Kill a Mockingbird — maybe this biography will tell me why)

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (a novel based on the painting by Vermeer — apparently also a sumptuous movie)


Stargate SG1, Season 2 starring Richard Dean Anderson

Perry Mason — double movies — #6, 7, 8 — starring Raymond Burr & Barbara Hale

The Act — starring Liza Minnelli

Downton Abbey — Season 2 — starring

I think the books on this list are more than enough to keep me busy for quite a while.  Hmm!  I wonder if Santa is following my blog!


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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