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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday! - Books to Give as Gifts

My friend Julie posted her Top Ten Tuesday today, and it was the top ten books she'd give as gifts, inspired by The Broke and the Bookish. I love the idea behind Top Ten Tuesday, and so I thought I'd make my own list! So in honor of the holiday season, here are the Top Ten Books I'd Give as Gifts

1. Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski 
Now THAT is a mouthful. However, Soccernomics is one of the best non-fiction books I've read in the past year. Its a definite must read for anyone who is interested in soccer/football or the historical/socio-economic factors that go hand in hand with a country's success in sports. Although some of the statistical information is a little dense, the writing is clean, easy to understand, and even humorous at times! It'll spoil her Christmas if she reads this blog entry, but I think I'm going to get this for my friend C, who recently developed an interest in ~the beautiful game.

2. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
One of my all time favorite books. Gaskell's writing is reminiscent of Austen, albiet darker and with more robust language. Definitely more romantic than any of Austen's novels. The story revolves around a family that moves from the countryside in the south of England to--surprise!--a factory town in the north. It deals mostly with how the family's young daughter deals with the culture shock. And yes, there's a male protagonist to rival the brooding Mr. Darcy. It's definitely not as miserable, heavy, etc as some Victorian novels. Gaskell's writing style also comes across as more modern than some of her contemporaries'.  Perfect gift for anyone who's a sucker for Victorian romance novels. There's also a mini-series starring Richard Armitage that's pretty fantastic.

3. The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock
Written in 1930, the Savoy Cocktail Book is great for anyone who is a) a huge history nerd and b) loves fancy drinks. It's got tons of vintage cocktail recipes, all of which have pretty fantastic names. The most ridiculous of the names just might be the Satans Whiskers, an orange flavored cocktail. A perfect gift for anyone is a penchant for amateur bar tending! I think I may get this for my friend K this Christmas!

4. Then Again by Diane Keaton
I've actually got this one on my Christmas list. My mother has already asked for it for Christmas. Diane Keaton is pretty awesome, so I have a feeling I may be borrowing this from her.

5. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
Another must have for football fans. Or at least supporters of Arsenal or the EPL. Definitely getting this for my friend C, who is studying abroad in London and has fallen under the spell of Arsenal. Hornby's writing is light, humorous, and at times poignant. A perfect read for anyone who has understood the sweet, sweet misery of loving a sports team.

6. Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers by Sean Hepburn Ferrer
My friend Sarah and I share a mutual love of all things Audrey Hepburn. This is a wonderful book that includes many personal stories and insights into Audrey's life. Sarah would love it. One of the best parts of the book, however, is the inclusion of a recipe for Audrey Hepburn's version of Spaghetti al Pomodoro (which is fantastic by the way). 

7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Okay...this is a bit of a cheat. This is actually a book I would love to get for Christmas! Somehow I still haven't read it yet and I'm a little ashamed of myself. I need to buy this book very soon! Better yet, maybe Santa will bring it to me. 

8. My Dearest Friend: The Letters of Abigail and John Adams
Okay, bear with me. It sounds dense and a little boring but IT SO ISN'T. I haven't finished reading it yet but I already love it. Some of the letters are hilarious, others downright tragic. However, there's always an underlying sense of pure love and friendship within the letters sent between America's first power couple (sorry George and Martha, but its true). The letters span over 49 years, from the beginning of Abigail and John Adams' courtship to about 1801, I believe. Its a fantastic gift for history nerds and hopeless romantics alike. 

9. Swept Off Her Feet by Hester Browne
An antiques dealer is offered a job appraising family heirlooms at a castle in Scotland. The family, once rich, is struggling to keep up the inherited castle, and cannot afford to keep it running unless they find some expensive family furniture to sell off. I love Scotland and I love antiques, so of course I enjoyed this book. There's also a romance subplot (of course), but Hester Browne's writing is lighthearted and its an easy read with an enjoyable heroine. A good fluff book for the beach or an airplane trip!

10. Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America by Leslie Knope
I absolutely, positively love Parks and Recreation. Best show on television, Leslie Knope is my queen, etc. A couple of my friends are also pretty obsessed with it, and I can think of at least three people who could be getting this book for Christmas. I've seen a few excerpts of it on Tumblr and it looks pretty marvelous. Hell, add this to the list of books I want for Christmas as well!

So that's that! Undoubtedly one of the longest blog posts I've ever written. However, I love lists and I love books, so I couldn't resist the Top Ten Tuesdays challenge! What are some books you'd like to receive as gifts?


  1. Bossypants is really fun. Hope someone gets it for you. Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

  2. My sister graduated from UF in May - though not in theatre, I was the theatre major...but not at UF. ANYWAY. She and I both love Austen, and your thesis sounds kind of awesome. I love picking out what costumes were use in other Austen films. Makes me feel like I know secrets or something ANYWAY. I think my mother read My Dearest Friend...and if she didn't, she read something like it. She's obsessed with the Adamses. I'm so mad, I also have not yet read Bossypants. Little Brown sent me an ARC, but I think the UPS guy gave it to my new neighbors while I was out, and when I went to get it from them they were creepy and said no no no no package and shut the door in my face. Needless to say, we're not friends. I think I'm going to add Swept Off Her Feet to my summer reading - sounds like fun :)

  3. @LBCThank you! I'm looking forward to many more Top Ten Tuesdays!

  4. @Lauren What a small world! I always love chatting with other theatre majors (and go Gators! I'll be graduating this May and I'm so not ready). Hopefully we'll both get to read Bossypants soon, because it definitely feels long overdue! I love Tina Fey and 30 Rock and I feel like a bad fan for waiting this long to read it. I hope you enjoy Swept Off Her Feet! It's a little slow in the beginning but I enjoy the little details Browne includes in her writing, so I found it very entertaining.


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