Happy Tuesday! Estelle here! Who would have thought that this particular Top 10 Tuesday would be so hard for me? I don’t have many books that I wait to read in the winter, and when I’m reserving books from my library, I’m normally picking randomly from the purple mini-Moleskin that I keep in my purse. Also strange to think that December starts this week and we are having some very warm weather in New York City. Not that I’m complaining but I know what’s coming… snow, ice, and bad backs. Boo. Anyway, back to the books! And don’t forget to check out Daisy’s list at The Broke and the Bookish.
1. The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols: Pretty psyched about reading a new Jennifer Echols in a few days! I’m not sure why but it’s being released via eBook on the 6th of December (I’ve already preordered) and the hard copy comes out February 7. I’ve read 2 of Jennifer’s books, took another out of the library this past weekend, and I’m most psyched because the main character of her new book is a majorette. And I was a majorette!
2. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: There’s something about an airport that I always love. I may be the only person who is sad about not having enough time to stroll and people watch in there. I read about this book on a few blogs and can’t wait until it is released on January 2nd of the New Year. Scary to think it will be here before I know it.
3. Devoted by Hilary Duff: I’m going to be majorly honest right now. I am and have been a huge fan of Hilary Duff for a long time. I had her pictures all over my wall in college, I went to see her in concert, I have all of her CDs and last year, I bought Elixir, her debut novel. I was just as surprised as anyone to find it incredibly addicting, and then a little pissed when I realized it was part of a trilogy and I would have to wait a year to read the next one. Well, a year passed and now I’m looking for time to reread Elixir so I can finally dive into Devoted (and wait again for another book… boo).
4. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: The History and Lore of the World’s Most Famous Evergreen by Nancy Armstrong: Just one day from now the big tree at Rockefeller Center will be lit. For me, this always signified the beginning of the holiday season and now I work just a few blocks away. I actually bought this book for one of my best friends in college, and when I saw it on the bookshelf at the library this weekend I thought maybe it was time I should read it. I love reading anything that has to do with the history of NYC and its traditions, and like Kevin McAllister, I just love a Christmas tree.
5. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar: I’ve been a fan of Louis Sachar since I was in elementary school trying to get my hands on the Wayside School series. I saw this book in Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago, and I was pleasantly surprised to see it in my library. Really looking forward to checking out what Sachar has been up to. The last I read was Holes in college (which I must re-read; there’s a sequel!).
6. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks: Sue me. It drives me crazy how Sparks writes about the same location, and injects these cruel tragedies in his books but his last book, Safe Haven, made me want to take a second look. (I also loved The Last Song.) The Best of Me sounds a bit like The Notebook but it’s just about next on my list to buy. Who doesn’t like to cuddle up with a nice romance in the middle of winter?
7. Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine: It’s just like me to find a book list in my email and not know where it came from. I bought this for my Nook for $2.99 last week and it looks like reading about these high school seniors is moving up on my list.
8. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot: After watching the movie a million times and loving it more and more with every viewing, I finally took out TPD from the library. I can’t guarantee I’ll get through the entire series anytime soon but I’m excited to a) read a second Meg Cabot took (I read Avalon High and really liked it) and b) see just how different the book and the movie are.
9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: One of two books in my queue that focus on September 11th. Not planned that way. But I’ve heard such amazing things about Extremely Loud and the movie is going to be released on January 20th so I am hoping to have it read in time. (Unlike my reputation with reading The Help.)
10. Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: Probably not the most obvious choice but baking is pretty popular this time a year. My mother-in-law bought me this recipe book a few years ago and it has been indispensable. It would take forever to make all the wonderful sweets in this hefty book which makes it such a staple for the seasoned baker, or even someone new to the baking world. (I was when I first opened the book!)
So now it’s your turn… anything you are looking forward to reading? Another reminder to check out Daisy’s list at The Broke and the Bookish for 10 soon-to-be released titles!