Having been given carte blanche from you lovely lot to keep on keeping on – and that fact that both Marks & Spencers and Aldi have already got their Christmas aisles groaning with mince pies and Lebkuchen respectively – I am happy to share with you my Christmas wish lists. Here are the movies and the books that I have missed this year and which I am desperate to see or read. Please feel free to add suggestions in the comments – I welcome your thoughtful tips for both. Please note that on the movie front, I am an “easy listening” watcher. I don’t do violence, torture, sex marathons, zombies or slashers. However, I can cope with very edgy humour – welcome it, in fact.
Without further ado, here is my movie wish list:
1. The Kids are Alright
4. We Need to Talk About Kevin
And now for the books:
1. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson.
2. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. Nova is long-term blog friend, who is rapidly becoming a YA superstar. Imaginary Girls is her second novel published under her own name.
3. Deep Country by Neil Ansell. Neil’s a Litopia connection, but I read the Guardian review before he joined the writing site and earmarked the book then and there.
4. A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth
5. Darkside by Belinda Bauer. I loved her debut Blacklands and can’t wait for this.
6. Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman. This is the Booker Prize shortlister that appeals most to me.
7. Reading Women by Stephanie Staal. A history of feminist writing.
8. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
9. A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
I have just reactivated my Goodreads account, so if you are there, do let me know. I’ve just lost half an hour wondering around reading everyone’s recommendations, so will reserve the right to update my wish list according to what I find there and what you recommend.
What’s on your watching and reading wish lists?