Holiday gift guide: A top ten list for Santa

The Christmas season, and December in general, is my favorite time of the year. I love the cold weather, snow, winter clothes, the necessity of boots, the Santa and polar bear Coca-Cola ads, the music (but only in December please, Christmas is not in October), the giving of gifts, the list goes on and on. I even sleep better when it’s cold.  This week’s top ten list (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) is the ‘Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me’. A few are these are books that I’ve read and would like to own, some I’ve just heard great things about. So if anyone is feeling particularly generous…


Truly, in no particular order:

10. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

9. Drood by Dan Simmons 

8. Washington Square by Henry James

7. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

6. Ablutions: Notes for a Novel by Patrick deWitt

5. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

4. Heft by Liz Moore

3. Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories by Frank Bill

2. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

1. The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

So what book would you love to be gifted? Any recommendations? Happy Christmas! And happy holidays to anyone who will not be celebrating Christmas, may December make you as happy as it makes me.

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  • melissarochelle

    I really liked The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, I’ll have to check out Ablutions! Happy December!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I included Ablutions solely based on my love of The Sisters Brothers. I hope it’s good…

  • Lianne @

    Great list! I remember enjoying reading Drood a few years ago. I’ve been meaning to pick up The Painted Veil but I feel like I should be in the right mood to read it xP Loved the adaptation they did a few years ago with Edward Norton and Naomi Watts (even if it is a bit different from the books)

    Here’s my TTT for this week 🙂

    • Rory O’Connor

      That adaptation was absolutely gorgeous. I loved it. The book is quite good too and it actually has some of my favorite quotes.

  • booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    That graphic is GORGEOUS!

    Heft is really good. It almost made my top ten books of the year but I suspect got squeezed out because I read it soon after The Art of Fielding… you know when you read a bunch of really, really good books one after another and then review them relative to each other? That.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I’m in the process of making my Ideal Bookshelf (possibly taking it too seriously) and The Art of Fielding made it on. Heft probably won’t beat it, but I am curious to read it. Good to know you liked it, that bodes well for the book.

  • annabelsmith

    Ablutions is on my TBR too, after reading and loving The Sisters Brothers. Lots of interesting ones on your list, I’m adding a few to my Goodreads – thanks, and enjoy your happy season!

    • Rory O’Connor

      The Sisters Brothers is fantastic! It’s one of the books I push on people to read, but I’ve since determine you must have particular sense of humor to think it’s hilarious.

      • annabelsmith

        I agree. It’s definitely a little left of centre and perhaps not for everyone.

  • doczom

    A really great list, lots of books I’ve been wanting to read but haven’t gotten to just yet. Soon perhaps!

    Best of luck getting some bookish Christmas goodies this year.

    • doczom

      Whoops, wrong link.

      my TTT

  • Priya

    I just read about Drood somewhere, I’d like to read it too. I’ve only read Terror by Dan Simmons, and I do want to try others. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared sounds like something I’ll read.
    Hope you find all these books under your Christmas tree!

    • Rory O’Connor

      The Terror is the only Dan Simmons I’ve read, but he is a local author for me so I am tempted to give him another chance – Drood sounded like the best bet.

  • 1girl2manybooks

    I read The Painted Veil this year and really enjoyed it – I have the movie here to watch too. I’ve also heard some really excellent things about The 100 Year Old Man, might have to keep an eye out for that one myself as well.

  • Sara Allain

    I have, somehow, not heard of any of the books on this list with the exception of Maugham and deWitt. I might just have to go on an ebook request spree at the library…

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