Stuff and Nonsense: Top 10 Tuesday: Santa, Won't You Bring Me ...


Top 10 Tuesday: Santa, Won't You Bring Me ...

Considering Santa didn’t bring many any of the books I asked for last year, I’m not holding out a lot of hope for this week's Top Ten Tuesday wish list ... perhaps I should I try harder to stay on the “Nice” list? Nah. Being naughty is more fun.

If you like naughty girls, Santa, then please bring me:

Penguin Threads edition of Annie Sewell’s Black Beauty, because my well-loved childhood edition needs to be retired. And, while he’s at it, I’d be fine with Santa bringing me the Penguin Threads edition of The Wind in the Willows and The Wizard of Oz And Other Wonderful Books of Oz: The Emerald City of Oz and Glinda of Oz! Because more is better.

And how about some Penguin Christmas Classics?! They’re so pretty!

A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott
A Merry Christmas collects the treasured holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott, from the dearly familiar Yuletide benevolence of Marmee and her “little women” to the timeless “What Love Can Do,” wherein the residents of a boarding house come together to make a lovely Christmas for two poor girls.

The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman
The gift of a handsomely decorated nutcracker from a mysterious uncle sets the stage for a Christmas Eve like no other for the little girl Marie. That night, Marie’s extraordinary present comes to life, defends her from the taunting Mouse King, and whisks her off to the Kingdom of Dolls.

The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
Written in 1831 by the father of Russian literature, this uproarious tale tells of the blacksmith Vakula’s battle with the devil, who has stolen the moon and hidden it in his pocket, allowing him to wreak havoc on the village of Dikanka. Both the devil and Vakula are in love with Oksana, the most beautiful girl in Dikanka. Vakula is determined to win her over; the devil, equally determined, unleashes a snowstorm to thwart Vakula’s efforts.

Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
Characterized by insightful, psychologically rich, and sometimes wryly humorous depictions of the middle class and gentry of Victorian England—and inspired occasionally by missives in the “lost letter” box of the provincial post office that Trollope ran—these tales helped to enshrine the traditions of the decorated Christmas tree, the holiday turkey, and the giving of store-bought gifts.

And, of course, a cookbook!

Williams-Sonoma’s Year-Round Roasting because roasting this is fun ... and delicious.
This book offers everything you need to know to roast successfully and more than 100 recipes—meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and fruits—to practice doing just that. The recipes are appropriate for any season and include ideas for holiday meals throughout the year: leg of lamb for Easter or Passover; savory stuffed turkey for Thanksgiving; standing rib roast or traditional roast goose for Christmas; or pan-roasted filet mignons for a New Year’s Eve fête.

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