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Subject: Hey, Santa Baby...Please bring me... (My 2012 Most Wanted Books -- LISTS)
Date Posted: 10/15/2012 4:13 PM ET
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Use this thread to post the list of books that you most want from your 2012 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 try to post your list by the second week of November. 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.

Whether you're a newbie or a grizzled forum veteran, please feel free to tell us about yourself, how you celebrate the holidays, and/or your deepest, darkest secrets or most embarrassing moments (if you don't want to share these publicly, you can PM me in private -- I won't telldevil).

ETA: 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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Anything from my wish list would be appreciated, thanks so very much.

I have a Kindle and a Nook, I would love to get a gift card from either of those places. 

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Date Posted: 10/15/2012 7:11 PM ET
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Dearest Secret Santa: 

I have been especially good this year angel and would like any book from my wishlist.  The book/s can be new or used, any format or an e book for my kindle.  Any of the following books though, would be very welcome:

Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan by Conn Iggulden

Pirate Code by Helen Hollick

The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner

The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman

A Trail of Ink by Melvin R. Starr

Within the Fetterlock by Brian Wainwright

Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie

The Vizard Mask by Diana Norman

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowlings

The King's Man by Angus Donald




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Wow, this was kind of hard!  Of the 165 books on my WL, 112 of them I'm either 1 or 2 in line for or they haven't been released yet. indecision

These are my 10 most wanted that have been on my list the longest (hardcover or paperback, no e-reader for me yet...):

Wife to Charles II by Hilda Lewis

Queen without a Country by Rachel Bard

The Mistresses of Henry VIII by Kelly Hart

The Galliard by Margaret Irwin

The Passionate Brood by Margaret Campbell Barnes

Mary of Carisbrooke by Margaret Campbell Barnes

Insurrection by Robyn Young

Royal Sisters by Jean Plaidy

Sea Witch by Helen Hollick

Requiem by Frances Itani

I'm so excited! (And I just can't hide it...)


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I prefer paper books, as these are keepers, but I don't care whether new, used, or what binding type. 


Holy Warrior by Angus Donald

The Silver Eagle by Ben Kane

A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter

Devil Water by Anya Seton

Doc by Mary Doria Russell

Towers of Midnight by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan

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Here is my list (hardcover or paperback is fine).  Such fun!

Scarlet - A.C. Gaughen

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

Falls the Shadow - Sharon Kay Penman

River Thieves - Micheal Crummey

Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father - John Matteson



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I'll take PB or HC or Kindle books...whatever's cheapest!

I'd love anything off my WL but these are the ones I'm wishing for the most! smiley

The Affair of the Poisons by Anne Somerset

Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson

The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria by Christopher McIntosh

The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I by Tracy Joanne Borman

The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter

Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up by Emily Brightwell

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Date Posted: 10/15/2012 11:32 PM ET
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Books on Linda's most wanted list are:


City of Women, David Gillham

Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein

The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton

Winter of the World, Ken Follett

Season of Storms, Susanna Kearsley

The Wild Rose, Jennifer Donnelly

Blood Feud, Rosemary Sutcliff

Illuminations, Mary Sharratt

Sandcastle Girls, Chris Bohjalian


Any binding is okay - we know a couple of these are older books, so MMPB may be all that is available. Our first choice is oversize soft-covers.

We are going to borrow Jeanne's comment - please nothing else, so everything can go media mail.

Thanks, Secret Santa! We're already excited!


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Date Posted: 10/15/2012 11:34 PM ET
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Kelly's most wanted list include (in no particular order):

The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan, Bill Greer

On the Wrong Track, Steve Hockensmith

The Darkening Glass, Paul Doherty

Duty to the Dead, Charles Todd

In Need of a Good Wife, Kelly McNees

Semper Fidelis, Ruth Downie

What Darkness Brings, C.S. Harris

Elegy for Eddie, Jacqueline Winspear

Rome: The Emperor's Spy, M.C. Scott (aka Manda Scott)


Neither Mom nor I has stepped into the E-Book world yet, so print copies only for us. While we prefer softcover, HC or MMPB is okay as well. 

We are going to borrow Jeanne's comment - please nothing else, so everything can go media mail.

Thanks, in advance, Secret Santa! I know you're going to treat me great!


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Dangerous to look at anyone else's list...My WL is now FULL thanks to my nosi...er, curiosity. Here is my "most wanted" with no particular insistence on paper- or hardback. Happy holidays, let the race to finish begin...Debbie


The Salt Road by Jane Johnson

Sarah Johnson’s Mount Vernon by Scott E Casper

The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman

A Trail of Ink by Melvin R Starr

Unhallowed Ground by Melvin R Starr

The Spice Book: The Complete Guide to Culinary Spices by Arabella Boxer


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Here is my list.  Hardback, paperback or Kindle....any format is fine with me!

Bring It Close by Helen Hollick
King's Man by Our Angus
Queen's Vow by CJ Gortner
Rebellion of Jane Clark by Sally Gunning
Doc by Mary Doria Russell

Pretty much anything on my WL would make me thrilled beyond measure! 

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Here is my list. Paperbacks are fine.

Uncertain Heart ~ Andrea Boeshaar

Edenbrooke ~ Julia Donaldson

My Enemy, My Beloved ~ Karl Vanghen

Caveat Emptor ~ Ruth Downie

The Sweetness of Forgetting ~ Kristen Harmel

Gillespie and I ~ Jane Harris

Five Miles South of Peculiar~ Angela Hunt

Forsaking All Others ~ Allison Pittman

The Unquiet Bones ~ Melvin R Starr

The Girl in the Gatehouse ~ Julie Klassen

I celebrate a traditional Christmas. I don't have any allergies.


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Here's my list:   *Paperback or Hardcover - Used are fine by me!

When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman

Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman

Devils Brood by Sharon Kay Penman

Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst

Mission to Paris by Alan Furst

The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin


About me:

I'm from NYC.  I am currently owned by a 6 year old Wheaten Terrier named Jezabel and a cockatiel named Nemo.  I love to write, sceenplays mostly, but I am (pathetically) attemptng to write a HF novel at the moment.  My dream is to buy a villa in Tuscany and live the good life :)  (This villa will have a vineyard, where I will make my own wine.  There will also be a ridiculous number of rooms available, so everyone can visit and sample said wine!)

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Wow! How did I find this so late, it appears!  My spot!

Anything from my WL is fine and any binding is fine (even Kindle - my e-mail addy is on my profile) - go with the least expensive. Many of my WL books have not been released yet, but of those that are, here are some that I would really like to have:

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Here is my list:

any edition fine, even unpostables--I want/need to read these, reposting is secondary.

Girl in Translation---Jean Kwok

How to Look Expensive---Andrea P. Lustig

Journey to the West--Vols 3 and 4

The Kitchen House--Kathleen Grissom

Lancaster & York---Alison Weir

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i'm in again!!!    anything from my wish list is great :::)))  

Date Posted: 10/16/2012 7:23 PM ET
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Don't want anyone to come after me with the wet noodle, so here's my list:


The Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick

No One Is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel

Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson

Amelia Earhart's Daughters by Leslie Haynsworth

Disco for the Departed by Colin Cotterill

The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams

Lionheart by SKP

The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick


That said, anything on my WL is a-okay by me. No preference to binding type--the cheaper the better! cheeky

No allergies, unless you for some reason plan on including some fresh-cut grass clippings in the package.


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Whew...*slides into the thread.  Where have I been??!


Okay, here goes:  For the most part, I don't care about binding or condition or anything.  If I list a version (pb or Kindle) I would prefer that, but if no version is listed, that means CHEAPEST.  

1.  A Place Beyond Courage, by EC---Kindle please!

2.  Out of Oz, by Gregory Maguire--Paperback please!

3.  Frozen Stiff by Mary Logue

4.  The Salisbbury Manbuscript, by Philip Gooden

5.  What Angels Fear, by C.S. Harris

6.  From Eternity to Here, by Sean Carroll

7.  Boudica, by Vanessa Collingridge

8.  Revenger, by Rory Clements

9.  The Durham Deception, by Philip Gooden

10.  Anything on my WL that's not listed here would be lovely! smiley

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Love this one.  Count me in!

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Definitely in again this year! :)

Dear Secret Santa, I had a rough summer and it completely halted my reading. I'm in a slump! :) Looking forward to anything you pick out for me and I am very thankful for something new to read. Here are some that I would love to read soon! Any binding is fine. New or used, doesn't matter to me! I also have a Nook, so ebook format is great as well. :)

Moonlight Downs : Adrian Hyland
Doc : Mary Doria Russell
Lionheart : Sharon Kay Penman
Outlaw : Angus Donald
Godmother The Secret Cinderella Story : Carolyn Turgeon
Aztec : Gary Jennings
Mariana : Susanna Kearsley
Anne of Green Gables : L.M. Montgomery
The Forever Queen : Helen Hollick
The Irish Princess : Karen Harper
At the Bottom of the Garden : Diane Purkiss

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WOW I tried copying my books from my wishlist and it put the strangest format into my post --- little boxes everywhere --- CRAZY!!!!

Paperback or hardcover -- it does not matter -- whichever you find that is least expensive!!!

31 Bond Street                                                       Ellen Horan

The Midwife's Confession                                      Diane Chamberlain

Doc                                                                         Mary Doria Russell

Murder on Fifth Avenue                                         Victoria Thompson

Shoofly Pie                                                             Tim Downs

India Black                                                              Carol Carr

Murder on Black Friday                                           P.B. Ryan

The House at Tyneford                                           Natasha Solomons

A Cotswold Killing                                                    Rebecca Tope

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Oh, funfunfun! Jingle bells jingle bells.... smiley

Here's my Wish LIst. I've linked to the edition I'd prefer to have, but I'll joyfully accept any readable copy.

A Star Shall Fall by Marie Brennan

Season of Light by Katharine McMahon

Grania by Morgan Llywelyn 

Scapegallows by Carol Birch

The Four Seasons by Laurel Corona

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