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Date Posted: 10/17/2013 7:00 PM ET
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All I want for Christmas ... Since most of you probably have your two front teeth...

Use this thread to post the list of books that you most want from your 2013 HF Secret Santa. Please list a range of choices (between 5 and 10 books) -- include title, author, and binding (e.g., hard-cover, paperback, Kindle, Nook). Books do NOT have to be HF and do NOT have to be on your PBS WL.  You probably do not want to list books that are likely to get posted to you within the next couple of months.

Please post your list by November 8th 3rd (changed because there are always some impatient eager Secret Santas who want to shop as soon as they get their assignments). I will send out friendly (and maybe, not-so-friendly) reminders. As we know from previous years, book orders sometimes take awhile to be processed, or sometimes completely fail to be processed.

Also, please list any allergies to smoke and/or pet hair that you want your Secret Santa to be aware of.

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My Most Wanted List --- really anything on my PBS wishlist is great.  These are just some of the top choices.  Prefer paperback, but will be most appreciative of anything Santa brings.

Circle of Shadows (Crowther & Westerman, Bk 4) :: Imogen Robertson

When We Were Strangers :: Pamela Schoenewaldt

The House at Tyneford :: Natasha Solomons

Code Name Verity :: Elizabeth Wein

Die Like a Hero :: Clyde Linsley

A Particular Eye for Villainy (Lizzie Martin, Bk 4) :: Ann Granger

Martyr: A Novel of Tudor Intrigue :: Rory Clements

Murder at Mansfield Park :: Lynn Shepherd

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My Most Wanted List

  1. Her Husband's Harlot- Grace Callaway, tradesize paperback
  2. Lady of Pleasure- Delilah Marvelle, tradesize paperback
  3. Mistress By Marriage- Maggie Robinson, tradesize paperback
  4. Breath of Scandal- Sandra Brown, hardcover
  5. The Forbidden Lady- Kerrelyn Sparks, paperback
  6. Less Than a Gentleman- Kerrelyn Sparks, paperback 
  7. A Sense of Sin- Elizabeth Essex, tradesize paperback
  8. An Introduction to Pleasure- Jess Michaels, tradesize paperback
  9. Sinful- Charlotte Featherstone, tradesize paperback
  10. Sweet Seduction- Maya Banks, tradesize paperback
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Dear Secret Santa,

Any book on my PBS Wish List would be welcome.  Or any of the books listed below.  HB or PB is fine with me.  Thank you!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Winter of the World by Ken Follett

The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

London by Edward Rutherford

New York by Edward Rutherford

Spartacus by Ben Kane



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Any of the following in HB or PB would be lovely and most appreciated.

Look Not Upon Our Sins - Georgette Symonds

Orphan Train:  A Novel - Christine Baker Kline

Island of Bones (Westerman and Crowther #3)- Imogen Robertson

Circle of Shadows (Westerman and Crowther #4) Imogen Robertson

Behind the Beautiful Forevers:  Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity - Katherine Boo

A Walk Across the Sun - Corbin Addison

The Chalice (Joanna Stafford #2) - Nancy Bilyeau


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Compiling my list but actually, anything on my WL would be fine and any binding is fine - including Kindle books.

Okay - right out of the chute - don't get me any "things". At my age I have plenty and you don't need to spend the postage. Let's focus on BOOKS and if you can get Kindle books - hooray! You then save postage!!!

Here are my most wanted (but not in any particular order - except the first one - lol)

Nor Will He Sleep (Inspector McLevy, Bk 4) :: David Ashton

Season of Storms :: Susanna Kearsley:

Seven for a Secret :: Lyndsay Faye

The Sleeping Partner (Sarah Tolerance, Bk 3) :: Madeleine E. Robins

When the Devil Drives (Liberty Lane, Bk 4) :: Caro Peacock

The Cockroaches :: Jo Nesbo

The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War :: Halik Kochanski

The Piccadilly Plot (Thomas Chaloner, Bk 7) :: Susanna Gregory

50 More Crocheted Afghan Borders (Leisure Arts, No 4531) :: Jean Leinhauser

Bloody Lessons (Victorian San Francisco, Bk 4) :: M. Louisa Locke

Shadow of the Alchemist (Crispin Guest Medieval Noir, Bk 6) :: Jeri Westerson

Did I go over my limit of 10? Well...that's okay - just pick and choose and believe me - one book would be great! Never mind the binding!


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Anything on my WL is great, and any binding will do!

These are my top 10:

This House is Haunted - John Boyne

The Last Aloha - Gaellen Quinn

Mrs. Tim of the Regiment - D.E. Stevenson

Anything Goes: A Biography of the Twenties - Lucy Moore

The Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan

Dollface - Renee Rosen

Dolly and the Singing Bird - Dorothy Dunnett

Wanton West - Lael Morgan

Searching for Calamity - Linda Jucovy

Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets - Georges Simenon

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Dear Secret Santa:

Anything from my wishlist would be just great; any binding, new or used.  I would especially like any of the following books:

Daughter of Lir by Diana Norman

Circle of Shadows by Imogen Robertson

Warlord by Angus Donald

Within the Fetterlock by Brian Wainwright

21:  The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey by Patrick O'Brian

The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner

Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie

This House is Haunted by John Boyne

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Pondering...soooooo many options....

Either hardcover or paperback bindings are fine with me, except for the first one on the list, which I'd like to have in hardcover for my keeper shelf if my buddy decides to take on the challenge...LOL!!!


Winter of the World (Century, Bk 2) :: Ken Follett

The Ghost Bride :: Yangsze Choo

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells :: Andrew Sean Greer

Bonhoeffer: A Biography :: Eric Metaxas

The Last Aloha :: Gaellen Quinn

The Bookman's Tale :: Charlie Lovett

Night Film :: Marisha Pessl

Before Ever After :: Samantha Sotto

The Maid's Version: A Novel :: Daniel Woodrell

War Brides :: Helen Bryan



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Any binding works for me.  Just no e-books.  Anything from my WL works for me, but these are a few that I would really like.  (new or used)

They are in no particular order.

Blue Ribbon Afghans from America's State Fairs : 40 Prize-Winning Crocheted Designs:: Valerie Shrader

The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova :: Anna Andreevna Akhmatova

The Secret Daughter of the Tsar :: Jennifer Laam

The Turncoat (Renegades of the Revolution, Bk 1) :: Donna Thorland

The Hallowed Ones :: Laura Bickle

The King's Sorceress :: Susan Carroll

The Wild Princess :: Mary Hart Perry

The Summer Queen :: Elizabeth Chadwick

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see list below

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I already have almost all of the HF books I want to read next year (& then some), so most of my requests are fantasy & science fiction...

Preferred: ebooks (for iPad):

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  1. Days of Blood and Starlight by Taylor
  2. Khan: Empire of Silver by Iggulden
  3. Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Two) by Hearne
  4. Children of Paranoia by Shane
  5. 14 by Cline
  6. Pariah by Fingerman


  1. Red Seas Under Red Skies (The Gentlemen Bastards Book 2) by Lynch (ISBN: 0553588958)
  2. Nights of Villjamur by Newton (ISBN: 0345520858)

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This is my list:

The Luminaries :: Eleanor Catton (pb)  

Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (pb)

Someone Knows My Name (pb): Lawrence Hill

Ghost Story (Dresden Files, Bk 13) :: Jim Butcher

Leviathan (Leviathan, Bk 1) :: Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator) (pb)

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, Bk 6) :: Ilona Andrews (pb)

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Bk 4) :: Cassandra Clare (HB)

The Fault In Our Stars :: John Green (pb)

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I am mostly reading from my Kindle so ebooks would be appreciated. I have been trying for a couple of days to make a list.  Too many books, so little time as you all know.  I am currently re-reading the Outlander series in anticipation of the new book coming out soon.  I have the first 3 books already so any of the remaining books would be super. They are:

4. The Drums of Autumn (1996)
5. The Fiery Cross (2000)
6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005)
7. An Echo in the Bone (2009)

Also, I really want to start the Game of Thrones series next and I do not have any of those yet. Any of those ebooks would be wonderful too.  And then there are those on my wish list....sigh...

I am always looking for new authors to read so if my Secret Santa has an all time favorite book they would love to share...awesome!






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I'd love ANY of the books on my wishlist, any binding, but most of them are scarce and/or expensive.  I've wish listed every version of the Sutcliff's books I don't already have, and I'd faint if someone could find one in the range our price limit!  For some more reasonably available:


Genghis: Bones of the Hills: A Novel :: Conn Iggulden

Taking Liberties :: Diana Norman

Legate's Daughter :: Wallace Breem

Queen of Swords :: Judith Tarr

Arthur the King ("The Dark Ages" Trilogy) :: Allan Massie

King's Man by Angus Donald

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Thank you in advance, Secret Santa! Any binding is fine, and Nook books are great as well! :) Here are my top wishes this year, although anything on my WL would be great as well. 


Moonlight Downs : Adrian Hyland

Lionheart : Sharon Kay Penman

Mariana : Susanna Kearsley

The Bookman's Tale : Charlie Lovett

The Sister Queens : Sophie Perinot

The Heretic's Daughter : Kathleen Trent 

Daughters of the Witching Hill : Mary Sharratt

The Secret Keeper : Kate Morton

When Christ and His Saints Slept : Sharon Kay Penman

Devil's Den : Timothy Ashby


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Welcome back Kelly E.! Haven't heard from you in quite a while. Hope you are well and things are settling down for you!

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Hi Jeanne! Thank you. :) It's been a long time, indeed. I've kinda had to re-invent my routine/life this past year and I'm still trying to figure it out. ;) I'm excited about the Secret Santa exchange. I didn't want to miss it and am glad I got in right in time. Gotta figure out my wish list now. I have no clue what's new out there, so lots of catching up to do this week! :)

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Would love to receive any on this list in PB or ebook is fine too (I have a Kindle).  In no particular order:

  1. Time and Chance by Alan Brennert
  2. Sugar Island by Sandjida O'Connell
  3. India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy by Carol K. Carr
  4. Insurrection by Robyn Young
  5. Mary of Carisbrooke by Margaret Campbell Barnes
  6. Mortal Arts (A Lady Darby Mystyery) by Anna Lee Huber
  7. Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn
  8. Any of the Morland Dynasty books on my WL (would prefer PB for these)



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My List for Santa (list is work in progress):

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Happy to receive any trade/mass market paperbacks, of the following:

Aberystwyth Mon Amour :: Malcolm Pryce

Agatha Christie: An English Mystery :: Laura Thompson

Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer: A Golden Treasury of Classic Treats :: Jane Brocket

Crown in Candlelight :: Rosemary Hawley Jarman

Farthing (Small Change, Bk 1) :: Jo Walton

North and South (Vintage Classics) :: Elizabeth Gaskell

A Novella Collection :: Courtney Milan

A Place of Greater Safety :: Hilary Mantel

Throne of Glass :: Sarah J. Maas

The Turncoat (Renegades of the Revolution, Bk 1) :: Donna Thorland

This is such a lovely idea! Nice to give and receive a holiday surprise.

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My list -- 
The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtenay
Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson
The Mask Carver's Son by Alyson Richman
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
City of Hope: A Novel by Kate Kerrigan
The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
The Spanish Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon by Carolly Erickson
The Union Street Bakery (Union Street Bakery, Bk 1) by Mary Ellen Taylor
Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors

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list coming