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Use this thread to post the list of books that you most want from your 2011 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). 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 within the next 10 days -- we want to give Secret Santas plenty of time to shop. As we know from last year, sometimes online orders take awhile to come through.
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 tell).
Here are our 2011 HF Forum Secret Santas:
Here we go....
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Starting my list...will have to check it twice....or three times...or more.... before it is finished!
I prefer Kindle books or paperbacks, but will love love love whatever I get!
Holy Warrior by Angus Donald
We are very active in our church and celebrate a pretty traditional, Christian Christmas. I always have good intentions of sending Christmas cards, but somehow, never get around to it. I probably have 8 boxes of unused Christmas cards that I have bought over the years. I need to find a good craft project to do something with them! I am very particular about my Christmas tree. I love Christmas ornaments, but they have to match my color scheme...deep reds, golds, neutral beige and wood tones, forest greens. All those gaudy ornaments the kids made in school when they were little?? Uh, no...they don't go on my tree. The kids always had "their very own tree" where their precious creations were proudly displayed...away from my tree!
We live in Louisiana and most of our extended family lives in Florida, so we alternate going home for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. This is a Christmas year and we are planning to go on a Christmas cruise with my entire family...my parents, two sisters, their husbands, all their kids...I think it is 18 of us and probably the first time in ten years that all of us have been in the same place at the same time without anybody missing. It's the first cruise for most of us so we are really excited about it. I will be out of town Dec. 20 - 26, so, Dear Secret Santa, please try to get my package in the mail a little early so it doesn't sit outside my door for a week while I am gone. Thank you!
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I looked at my WL and a lot of them aren't published yet - or recently publised and waaay too pricey, so I'm trying to narrow it down here. Any binding/condition is fine. Kindle is fine too! I'm sure that most of you know me by now, but for those that don't: I'm almost 68 yrs. old; collect eagles; like to crochet; have a couple of grandkids fairly close by; married to a great guy and of course, am retired.
Anything from my WL is fine with me - that's why they are on the WL! Some kindle books that I'm looking for are:
Fall From Grace (Inspector MeLevy Mystery 2) by David Ashton and Trick of the Light (McLevy 3) by David Ashton
Cavalier of the Apocalypse by Susanne Alleyn
The Long Ships by Frans G Bengtsson
Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
DTB books (dead tree books):
Eye of the Raven by Eliot Pattison
The Holy Thief by William Ryan
Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson
The Waxman Murders by Paul Doherty
Wolves Among Us by Ginger Garrett
31 Bond St. by Ellen Horan
The Rhetoric of Death by Judith Rock
Delieverance From Evil by Frances Hill
(I didn't put Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson on here because I'm #1 on the WL for it.)
BTW, Christa - that Laotian series is by Colin Cotterill and it's the Dr. Siri series, the first of which is The Coroner's Lunch!
Thank you very much to my secret Santa in advance!
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Vizards Mask by Diana Norman
Herbs and Herb Lore of Colonial America 978486285290
The Hell Fire Club by Daniel P Mannix 978074341152
The It Girls 9780151457748
I would love to get the hardcover editions of the first 3 Outlander series.
About me, I celebrate Christmas, I love folk art I have been into Jesters lately. Avid gardener not allergic to anything. But not a fan of coconut. Just in case my SS sends cookies. What I put poor Holly through last year I wouldn't want to repeat that.
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Truly anythign from my WL is fine. Any binding is good.
Here are a few that I have been looking for
I have two teenagers, 5 cats and a dog and husband. The cats love to curl up with me while read a good book. Love a hot cup of tea with my reading time. Because of my lovely critters I have two small table top Christmas trees now. They love to take off the ornaments and chew them up.
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I prefer paperbacks. Here's my list:
A Most Unsuitable Match - Stephanie Grace Whitson
Mozart's Last Aria - Matt Rees
Looking For the King: An Inklings Novel - kavid Downing
Shadows and Strongholds - Elizabeth Chadwick
Romancing Miss Bronte - Juliet Gael
The Scarlet Lion - Elizabeth Chadwick
Cottonwood Whispers - Jennifer Erin Valent
The Queen's Dollmaker - Christine Trent
Broken Wings - Carla Stewart
The Colonel's Lady - Laura Frantz
I'm an almost 40, stay at home, home schooling mom. I'm also a minister's wife and pianist and music teacher. I love cats and snowmen.
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I'm not picky on binding...whatever's cheapest ;o)
On Gold Mountain - Lisa See
A Place Beyond Courage - Elizabeth Chadwick
84, Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff
Maids of Misfortune - M. Louisa Locke
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks - John Curran
The Adventures of Alianore Audley - Brian Wainwright
Captivity - Deborah Noyes
or anything off my WL! A little about me: I'm 26, a newlywed (7 months), and am working on my multiple subject credential to teach elementary school. My other obsession, besides reading, is Disneyland! I also love, coffee, tea, chocolate (esp. dark chocolate), and purple is my favorite color.
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Wow! That was harder than I thought it would be. 1/3 of my WL I am 5 or under in line and another 1/3 are ones that haven't been released yet.
I prefer paperbacks :)
My list in no particular order:
The Conquest by Elizabeth Chadwick
About me: I am almost 30 and will be married for 9 years on the 27th. I have one child (AKA the Crumbsnatcher) and 3 fur children. I work for the Army. Loves: warm beverages, snowflakes, anything Gone with the Wind related.
So excited! Can't wait to start shopping!
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Remember, Holly, you have to stay calm through all of this. DH probably can't handle a repeat of last year's performance!
BTW, in case you have a Kindle, they haveThe Kingmaking by Hollick for $1.99 - on Sourcebooks Landmark.
Here's my list (hardback or paperback is fine, but no ebooks):
The Conquest - Elizabeth Chadwick
Dreaming the Serpent Spear - Manda Scott
Godiva - Nerys Jones
Hereward - James Wilde
The King's Man - Angus Donald
the Leopard Unleashed - Elizabeth Chadwick
The Lion Wakes - Robert Low
The Reluctant Queen - Freda Lightfoot
The Hostage Queen - Freda Lightfoot
Revenger - Rory Clements
My list follows. Any book binding is fine, whichever is least expensive. Do not have an electronic reader at this time. I am almost 59, married, have 4 very small dogs. Along with reading, I enjoy crochet and gardening. Pink and red favorite colors --- coffee addict!!! I may add a few more books to make it easier for Santa to find the least expensive ones!!!
The Dark Horse Craig Johnson
Junkyard Dogs Craig Johnson
Outlaw Angus Donald
All My Patients Have Tales Jeff Wells
An Impartial Witness Charles Todd
The Sanctuary Seeker Bernard Knight
Where Death Delights Bernard Knight
Christmas is for family gatherings for our crew. Each year I look for a unique ornament to put on my tree, often from a thrift store. Because hubby's brother has a Christmas tree farm it has become tradition to have one of his trees and a wreath that his wife makes from the trimmings. Hubby's favorite is balsam. In addition, we cut a cedar tree that needs to be removed for our front porch which is decorated only with lights. Because we are environmentally conscious, we use our lights only during the family gathering. I trim trees on our hillside with bows I've made from the colorful foil wrappings on holiday plants, rather than lights. Stockings knit by hubby's mother are filled with trinkets and useful stuff for each member of the family. Always I try to give each member a book!
Paperback copies of any of the following are great as they are less expensive for everyone! PBS books from other members are wonderful or it's a good idea to buy from PBS, too, when you can. I did last year.
Charlotte and Leopold The True Story of the Original People's Princess Author:
Twilight's Dawn - Black Jewels, Bk 9 Author:
Clockwork Prince Author:
A Dance with Dragons - A Song of Ice & Fire Author:
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Chaos Walking, Bk 1 Author:
Kushiel's Mercy (Kushiel's Legacy #6) by Jacqueline Carey
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Grail - Pendragon Cycle, Bk 5 Author:
Or, anything from the Celtic Cycle by Stephen Lawhead, beginning with book 1, of course
The only HB I would like is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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I'm looking forward to Christmas this year but will be missing my kiddos. All 5 will be away and it will be just me and my new hubby (not a bad deal I know but it IS Christmas!). I love things that have to do with art (painting, drawing and photography - I do all three) and I'm a gadget junky...love electronics and new ideas. Love my Kindle but someday I need to upgrade to color! lol Love tea, movies, popcorn and nuts and am addicted to silly things like desk calendars, address labels and things like that from office supply stores (I know I'm just weird!). I'm only telling you all this to give you an idea of my personality. So don't worry...I'm not expecting an electronic gadget to use while painting and keeping track of the month!
I'd just love absolutely ANY audio CD or Kindle of any HS on my WL is appreciated. LOVE to have a book by the bed, one on my IPhone and one in the car at all times.
Here are links to books on my WL that I've been waiting for a long time and don't think will come any time soon:
What fun! Thanks, Santa!!!
I had my list all typed and lost it!!!!!
Any binding is lovely (just do the cheapest you can find) and if nothing on this list catches your fancy, anything on my WL is PERFECT!!!
I am 41 and just obtained an empty nest. Can honestly say I'm having a hard time adjusting to the quiet and "free" time. Work too much, sleep too little, but love to relax with a hot cup of tea, blankie and book. While I'm not very crafty (well, maybe in other ways), I do like to crochet, especially with scrap yarn to make crazy blankets. My favorite color is green, have 2 dogs (1 sweet, 1 psychotic) and 2 cats...all 4 of which are my childrens, but I am now raising. I live in a small town, which I love, but I like to stay home over being a social butterfly (that is one thing I have never been accused of).
I'm 42, married for 20 years, no kids, a cat. I have a long commute every day (1.4 hours each way) from far north suburbs of Chicago to the Loop. And I read, read, read. I love my Nook, but all of the above books are keepers that I want in physical books. Any binding is fine. Besides books, I love coffee and chocolate. Favorite color is purple.
The Marsh King’s Daughter
The Winter Mantle
Lords of the White Mantle
The Leopard Unleashed
Tuck by Stephen R Lawhead
The Silver Eagle by Ben Kane
Devil Water by Anya Seton
True Grit by Charles Portis
I have a deep abiding love for all things to do with the Christmas season...The Christmas Carol by Dickens, television specials, cookies, presents, sweets, Santa, candy, decorating the house, baking, shopping, entertaining, midnight mass, my family gatherings, that somehow has survived a bajillion years of retail work. It is truly my favorite time of the year. Because I think I spend so much of my time with the public I also enjoy solitude, thus my love of books and reading (especially on a glorious beach in Florida or Mexico!) Anything on my wishlist is fine with me...new, used, PBS, any format, whatever you can find; but here are some "special" ones.
Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick
Ransom: A Novel by David Malouf
Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik
Within the Fetterlock by Brian Wainwright
Wheel of Fate by Kate Sedley
The Midsummer Crown by Kate Sedley
The Dance of Death by Kate Sedley
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Empire of Silver by Conn Iggulden
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Well, a little about me:
I have had a very hectic life the past few years with 6 moves in 5 yrs. I'd love to say this one was our last move but i know better .
I am a historian, however i am not working in that field at the moment. I am homeschooling my 17 and 12 yr old daughters. I love everything about fall and christmas. These few months are my favorite time of year. I love the smells and sounds of Christmas. My favorite color is Green. My daughters and I are HUGE animal lovers. I have three main passions History, Reading and Baking. I do a lot of baking especially this time of year. I like to read historical books, mainly non-fiction. I also love historical mysteries.
Anything from my wishlist would be fine.I dont have a preference of hardcover, paperback or audio (CD or Tape are fine, but no ebooks please). I also dont care if it is used, new, library book, etc. Below are a few of the ones i have been anxiously awaiting:
Thank you in advance to my Secret Santa.
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Paperbacks and hardcovers (new or used) are preferrable.
Pirates of the Levant by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Queen of the South by Arturo Perz-Reverte
The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez Reverte
The Nautical Chart by Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Scarlet Contessa by Jeanne Kalogridis
The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst
The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
The Rebel Princess by Judith Koll Healey
About me: I'm currently writing a novel while working on multiple film/tv scripts. Deeply love the Italian Renaissance. I don't have a Kindle, Nook, etc. PBS might be the best thing that I've ever discovered
ETA: I took out Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom, as I ddn't realize it was already sitting on my shelf. How it got there, I have no idea....
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I LOVE finding out more about each of you -- who knew that you all had lives outside PBS?? But I'm a bit disappointed that no one has PMed me their dark secrets or most embarrassing moments. Really, you can trust me -- I promise I won't tell!
For those of you who are still a little confused, please read the first post in the "It's here...the 2011 HF Forum Secret Santa" thread. I have tried to anticipate your questions, but if you still have any, feel free to PM me.
Santa, my list is fairly modest this year, as I am intently working to lessen Mt. TBR. However, there are some longstanding items on my WL that I would love to have:
Assasin's Prayer Ariana Franklin
Dragonwyck Anya Seton (for the challenge 'Dragon' book!)
Journey to the West Vols 3 and 4, Anthony C. Yu translation
Secret Magdalene Ki Longfellow
Calligrapher's Daughter Eugenia Kim
Forever Amber Kathleen Winsor
Sweet Mandarin Helen Tse
I am binding indifferent--paperback, hardback all ok, just no audio books. ebooks ok as well, i have an iPad and all formats.
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I feel like my TBR shelf is judging me as I type this, telling me I need to lighten its load before I wish for any more books. But oh well, I loves me some Secret Santa! Oh uh, about me. Right. I'm 24, I work in pharmacy currently but am working towards a degree in library science. I live with three cats and a Pekingnese who thinks he's a cat, and spend every winter desperately wishing for that White Christmas that we haven't had since...1989. I love tea, anything having to do with birds (especially owls), funky jewelry, nail polish, and the colours blue and yellow. I have a Kindle but found that I prefer "real" books, and mainly use it just for travel.
A lot of my WL books are either still pretty pricey or not released yet, but I managed to narrow it down. PB or HB, whichever is cheaper:
Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson
Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
The Traitor's Wife by Kathleen Kent
New and Selected Poems, Volume 1 by Mary Oliver
Victoria's Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard
The Giver by Lois Lowry (would like this one in HB)
Anything on my WL is fair game, though. These are just a few that are already released and that I've found online at reasonable prices.
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I love Secret Santa time! I'm a librarian, mid-50's, one daughter and one step-daughter that are both the light of my life; we have two German Shepherds. My hobbies are reading, doing cross stitch, and finding stray kittens to give to my dd.
Fall is my favorite time of year, but as I get older, I truly appreciate all our seasons. I love the colors green and blue. I'm married to a great guy who is so tolerant of my book addiction!
Now, about the addiction: I would truly love anything. I am only going to list a couple of "real" books, as I'm trying to cut back and use my Kindle more. Okay, so it's not working too well yet, but hey...I put it out there, right?
Lady of the English, by Elizabeth Chadwick
Murder in a Mill Town (#2) by P.B. Ryan
Death on Beacon Hill (#3) by P.B. Ryan
Trick of the Light by David Ashton
Goodnight Sweet Prince by David Dickinson
Knight's Fee by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Shield Ring by Rosemary Sutcliff
Paperback, hardcover, used, new...whatever is cheapest!
Hodd, by Adam Thorpe
Company of Liars, by Karen Maitland
The Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
What Alice Knew by Paula Cohen
The Swan Maiden by Jules Watson
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