Dec 21, 2010
It's the last holiday-themed episode of the year! Before we head off to celebrate Christmas with our families, we share with you the books we're hoping to receive as gifts, two books that surprised us, and two books that we're wrapping up for family and friends.
We've given you holiday gift ideas, and told you about some books that we are giving as gifts, but we haven't yet 'fessed up on what books we're hoping to find wrapped up for us. Michael is hoping for DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book by Matthew Reinhart. I'm hoping that Santa brings me Skippy Dies: A Novel by Paul Murray or Faithful Place: A Novel by Tana French.
I never thought it would be a book that I would want to read, but Decodedby Jay-Z is so powerful and cool, I haven't been able to stop talking about it. I'm not a fan of rap or hip-hop, and barely knew who Jay-Z was, but the reviews were so strong that I had to check it out. It's part memoir, part coffee table book, and a must for any music lover or person interested in cultural history.
Michael's not a big sports fan, but found himself captivated by Ice Time: A Tale of Fathers, Sons, and Hometown Heroes by Jay Atkinson. He so loved this book that he also talked about it in BOTNS episode 23. The story of a high school hockey team goes well beyond the sports category.
Michael loves to give his sons books for Christmas, and this year he is gifting Snowmen All Year by Carolyn Buehner. Buehner's other books are already a hit with the family, and this should be no different.
I'm giving my friend Christine a copy of War and Peace (Vintage Classics)by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. I'm hoping that this will inspire her to join my War and Peace Read-Along. You are welcome to join in, too -- see the Facebook page for more details. We kick it off in February.
We'll be back next week with the books that you voted as the Best of 2010. In the meantime, Merry Christmas!