Last week several folks were posting top ten book wishlists for Christmas. As usual I’m late to the game, but I’d thought I throw in my bookish wishlist for Santa. I’m not limiting it too much to exact titles, but rather publishers and authors.
1. Persephone Books: I only own two Persephone Classics titles (Agnes Jekyll’s Kitchen Essays and Mollie Panter-Downes’s Good Evening, Mrs. Craven). I want any and all of the Persephone titles. I lust after their dove grey covers, beautiful end papers, and the tales from one of my favorite eras. Don’t think that I haven’t thought of using my belly pregnant with my own Persephone as rented ad space for Persephone Books!
2. Penguin English Library: I especially long after the Trollope novels from this beautiful paperback sister of the Penguin clothbound books.
3. Penguin Clothbound books: Any of them, but especially the Charles Dickens titles and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.
4. Penguin Threads: Can you tell I’m a Penguin fan? I’m also a fan of stitching and these books are the marriage between two great loves.
5. Stella Gibbons: I own Cold Comfort Farm, but I would love to collect her other titles.
6. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset: Preferably the Penguin Deluxe Edition.
7. Barbara Pym: I own Excellent Women, Crampton Hodnet, and Civil to Strangers. I’d like the entire set.
8. The Glass of Time by Michael Cox: I own the other companion book to this title, The Meaning of Night.
9. No Name by Wilkie Collins: Really any Wilkie Collins would be great. I own The Moonstone, The Woman in White, and Evil Genius and that’s it.
10. The Dance to the Music of Time series by Anthony Powell: BEAUTIFUL volumes.
Whelp… I doubt I’ll get books this year (I’ve asked for many practical things). I do love daydreaming, books, and lists and this exercise allowed me to indulge my bookish fancies and that makes me a very happy nerd.