This year, my Christmas came in September when I was safely delivered of a beautiful healthy baby. He is wonderful and every day is a new adventure as I get to know him better. However, I have much less time to read. Books required two hands and I very rarely have both of those at my own disposal. Still, my wish-list for Santa is a tradition on the site plus a girl can dream and so these are the books that I hope one day to own and maybe even to read …
Noel Streatfeild’s Christmas Stories
Vintage have been republishing some of the lost Streatfeild books and stories and this one has particularly piqued my interest – I’m a long-term Streatfeild fan as well as being a sucker for a good Christmas collection.
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred Year-Old Man
Although the political events of the last few years has sent me running to hide behind the sofa, I can see how they would make for a fantastic sequel to the fantastic Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window – this sounds like the ideal escapist read for the current phase of my life.
Daughters of the Winter Queen
I think this one may be ambitious given my current level of brain power but Elizabeth of Bohemia has always intrigued me and I would love to find out more, tiny baby permitting.
Miss Ranskill Comes Home
I rediscovered Persephone Classics during the summer while enjoying the pre-baby stage of my maternity leave. Miss Ranskill Comes Home looks to embody all that I love best about 1940s fiction – it centres around a shipwrecked woman returning to post-war Britain, with all the associated culture shock. Persephone Classics are not the cheapest of reads, particularly when on maternity leave, but this does look like something I would love to read.
A slight cheat here as I have downloaded the Audible edition although I haven’t had a chance to listen yet. I have been following the Peter Grant series since the beginning and I am very excited to see what will happen now that we know who the Faceless Man is and things seem to be reaching the end-game. The only thing is … I’m not sure I want the adventure to end.
Maman, What Are We Called Now?
Another Persephone read here – this one set in WW2-beset France. With a foreword by Caroline Moorehead who wrote Village of Secrets and comparisons to Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Française and Marghanita Laski’s Little Boy Lost (all three of which are books that I thoroughly enjoyed), this feels like something I really need to get to when I can.
Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed The World
Reading A Secret Sisterhood earlier this year, I was intrigued by its analysis of the development of women’s writing over time. This looks like a further exploration of the same topic and I would love to find out more.
I love Kate Atkinson. She is one of those rare authors who never has an off book. More than that, Behind the Scenes at the Museum and Life After Life are two of my very favourite books. I need to read Transcription – it’s just a matter of time.
Fire and Blood
So … another year passes and there’s still no sign of The Winds of Winter. Admittedly, the television show has confirmed what many suspected about the fate of Jon Snow after the whole stabbing thing but they also went their own way in a few areas so I am still hoping that George R R Martin does get round to finishing the book one day. In the mean time though, there’s Fire and Blood with some very welcome new information about the Targaryen dynasty. I find Westeros absolutely fascinating.
I will be highly impressed if Father Christmas can deliver this one. It’s not due for release for another nine months. Part of me does worry that it will be another Go Set A Watchman. But another part of me thinks that Margaret Atwood is too amazing to let anything like that happen. Plus, recent global events have certainly provided her with the material for a compelling sequel. So … I need to read this.
So … here is this year’s wish-list although it feels more theoretical than ever before. Books are brilliant but babies are best. I hope one day to be back with my head in a book but for now, I am grateful to have my lovely baby in my arms.