Monday, December 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: "Santa, bring me..."

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year

It's not Tuesday for me, yet, but it's Tuesday somewhere, right?  So here is my list of books I wouldn't mind unwrapping:

1.  Any book by Émile Zola
(With an exception of Germinal, 
you wouldn't believe how difficult these books are to find in my area.)


2.  Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens
(Because I just have to own every Dickens.)

3.  A better copy of The Iliad
(Like this one:)

4.  The COMPLETE Sherlock Holmes - Doyle
(In paperback with a nice cover, of course.)

5.  A Vindication of the Rights of Women - Wollstonecraft

6.  Leviathan - Hobbs

7.  The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on 
What it Means to be an Educated Human Being - Richard Gamble

8.  The Great Books: A Journey Through 2,500 Years of the West's Classic Literature  -
Anthony O'Hear

9.  A Modern Utopia - H.G. Wells
(Love anything about utopias.)

10.  Any of these by Willa Cather!


Fanda Classiclit said...

Do you prefer to buy books offline? You are luckier than me, I won't find any Zola in my area. I believe there are only few who read Zola in my country... :( Without online bookstores, I will never read his books.

Dickens is one of those authors we must own every book of!

Hope a secret Santa out there read this post, and make your wish come true... ;)

Jillian said...

Woolstonecraft! I have that very copy, marked all over. :)

Jillian said...

* Wollstonecraft. I seem to always leave you two comments: one poorly spelled, & the other shameful. :)

Ruth said...

Thanks, Fanda.

I think my book purchases are evenly distributed: used book sales @ bookstores, libraries, or through Occasionally, someone gives me a Barnes and Noble gift card.

Since there are no Zola books at used book sales around here, I keep putting off buying Zola's books online b/c they are expensive. However, I broke down and bought The Fortunes from Amazon, but I am so disappointed b/c the print is so tiny; I'll need a microscope to read it. That one I may need to return.

Ruth said...

No problem. I do this often, too.

Ruth said...

I cannot wait to dig into this one. It is on my WEM list - histories, I think.

Lois Tinúviel said...

Yes for Dickens! Little Dorrit is one of my favorites but unfortunately I don't have a copy yet.

Janet said...

Quite a list. It is quite ambitious. I have the Complete Sherlock Holmes. It is old and well read. The Cather choices are good. Hope you get your wishes!

Cleo said...

I own both #7 & #8, and I like them both. With the Great Tradition you'll learn to like ancient literature and obscure writers. I love it because the book is full of writers of whom I've never even heard (Aeneus Silvus, Juan Luis Vives, Rhabanus Maurus, etc.). You've reminded me that I need to focus on a few of them soon.

I'm always on the lookout for Zola novels. I've like the Oxford Classics but they've only published a few of his. He's not the easiest author to find.

In any case, I hope Santa is good to you and have a blessed Christmas season!

Ruth said...

Thanks, Janet. I have one copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes, but it is not complete at all. I think it is part one, except it doesn't say that. I suppose I just need to find part two.

Ruth said...

No way!!! I'd love to read those. You saw me on Goodreads collecting all of those books about literature and the great books. I'm on a mission to read more about that type of self-education.

I own a few similar books that I have only browsed: The New Lifetime Reading Plan, by Fadiman and Major, and Classics for Pleasure, by Dirda. It's time to read through them seriously.

A Merry Christmas to you, too!

James said...

A great wish list. While I've pretty much completed my Dickens I would love to join you in expanding my Zola. I've read several of his, but there are many more to enjoy. I've also read many of Wells' novels but I am not familiar with the book you list. There soon will be a new year to enjoy that and more.

Ruth said...

Thanks. I don't think A Modern Utopia is one of Wells' better works. Nonetheless, I'd like to try it.

James said...

I forgot to share my admiration for your interest in Hobbes and Mary Wollstonecraft. Those are demanding books to read.

Ruth said...

Don't think for a second that I am not intimidated! But I certainly cannot hide my curiosity.

Cleo said...

I bought The New Lifetime Reading Plan and absolutely hated it. You can take a look at my review on Goodreads, if you want to know why.

Being a homeschooler, are you familiar with the Veritas Press Omnibus series? They're VERY pricey but I just love them. Their analysis of the classics works are usually bang on.

I also own some Great Courses. I find them hit and miss if they cover a number of books but the ones that target specific books are quite good.

Ruth said...

I just read your review of NLRP. Wow! Sounds like they were mocking. I did not read the blurbs for each book, but I looked over the titles. Initially, I didn't care for how many titles and authors I never heard of or care to read. I put it aside and said, "When I exhaust every title, even numerous times, of Western-influenced classic works, then maybe I'll use this list."

I have seen Veritas Press Omnibus series. I love their magazine and have used their book suggestions as a resource. I've also used for resources.

Jillian said...

She was a huge influence on Jane Austen. I think. It's especially visible in Mansfield Park. :)

Anonymous said...

With an exception of Germinal, you wouldn't believe how difficult these books are to find in my area.


The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What it Means to be an Educated Human Being - Richard Gamble and The Great Books: A Journey Through 2,500 Years of the West's Classic Literature - Anthony O'Hear

I love books like this! Books about the Great Books! It's always fascinating to see others people's takes on the books you love, see what it meant to them, or what stood out to them. Why they think reading the great books is important.