Yay Christmas!!! I love buying the perfect gift and getting the perfect gift. (Yeah, I'm a tad selfish, or honest.)
Every year, since I don't remember when, quite possibly my whole life, I've always asked for/got books for Christmas. This year is no different of course, even though I still haven't read the books I got LAST year! Whooops. I have about 100 books I've never read before, it is bad. Anywhooo, tangent.
Yeah. Christmas. Here is my book wants for 2011...
Two Kisses for Maddy - Matt Logelin
I have read Matt's blog for so long and have been SUPER excited to read his book, but knew I had to put a few months between having Isla and reading this book for my anxiety/peace of mind. Now, it is game on!
The Violets of March - Sarah Jio
All the recommendations I've read of Jio's first novel have made me excited to read it!
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford
I am so late on this book train but I am super excited to read this book set in the 1940s while Japanese were being sent off to internment camps in the US.
Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
How can you NOT want to read that?
The Paris Wife - Paula McLain
Ernest Hemingway. Jazz Age Paris. A 'golden couple.' Sign me up! I, as in any good stalker, ha, want to read about Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
Apparently, I have a WW2 theme going on with my list.
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
And consider me hooked...
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics—their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.
What books are on your list? Any I should add?