Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card.
These are all books I want for my physical shelves (so nothing that I’ll probably buy in ebook or borrow from the library — these are physical keepers.) They aren’t in any kind of order. Where the edition is important, I’ve noted it; otherwise, assume the best copy available (hardcover or trade paperback.)
- Ghost Talkers (Mary Robinette Kowal) This historical fantasy about a corps of mediums during World War I has intrigued me since I first saw the description. And I’ve heard really good things about the author, too. Sadly, my library doesn’t appear to have ordered it. (Due out later this month.)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J. K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay) The British edition, of course, to match my Philospher’s Stone. Fingers crossed that it will show up under my Christmas tree!
- The Murder of Mary Russell (Laurie R. King) In hardcover, of course, to go with my growing collection. I’ve read it (and reviewed it here), but I love this series, and I’ve been trying to complete my hardcover set (insofar as a series where they keep changing the cover style can be considered a “set.” Grrr.)
- The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear (Patrick Rothfuss) In hardcover, because I guarantee I will wear out my paperback edition of the former, and I don’t own the latter in print at all. (I reviewed The Name of the Wind in 2012.)
- The Blue Fairy Book (Andrew Lang, illustrated by Frank Godwin). Granted, this would have to be a heck of a gift card. This edition is out of print and the last time I searched, I couldn’t find a used copy for less than $150. But the illustrator is my (step-)great-grandfather, and I love his art. My collection of his illustrated books is sadly incomplete without this one.
- Almost anything illustrated by P. J. Lynch, because I love his illustrations, too. I have Melisande, Ignis, A Christmas Carol, and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. I would particularly love The Snow Queen, East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon, The Names Upon the Harp, The Candlewick Book of Fairy Tales, Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth, and The King of Ireland’s Son.
- Unbound and Revisionary (Jim C. Hines) Hardcover for my collection, and because despite the fact that they’ve been out for a while, I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet, and I really, really want to read them.
If you count all the P. J. Lynch titles, that’s well over 10!