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*A perfect world takes a fair amount of money. And even the books that are inexpensive, I don't trust a single other person to be able to get as good a deal on them as I can, so I prefer they spend their money on other things -- not least because my book wishlist is so high that I dare not risk having books that aren't even on it get added to my negative-number amount of shelf space. But if there was a second Me out there...

In other words, this week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about the spirit of giving receiving and book wishlists! So here we go.


1. Down Bayberry Lane - Helen Girvan
^ link to Tumblr post about it w/ photos
"Listen. The amount of Mad I am after finding out about this book on eBay, only to then discover it cannot be requested through any libraries in state and presently would cost me over $40 to buy…is VERY. # I was on board with the cover # and then i read that excerpt and OH MY GOD GIVE ME THIS 1955 JOY RIGHT NOW!!"

2. Minnesota's Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes  - Larry Millet
A gorgeous coffee table book of some of the greatest mansions in our state, many of which I have walked past and dreamed about, opened up to showcase their rich interior and with some history about their origins as well as subsequent owners and modern renovations/restorations.

3. Brunette Ambition - Lea Michele
Of all the gorgeous lifestyle books I have enjoyed over the years, this is consistently the one I have found most enjoyable and inspiring as far as encouraging myself to live a healthier life. I actually did consider asking for this one.

[edit: but then not even 6 months later, I found it for sale at the library -- not even ex-library, a donated book -- for $1 and like, yeah that's better.]

4. The Year of Cozy - Adriane Adarme.
This is my second-fave option. I want to make All The Recipes.

5. When You Were Here - Daisy Whitney
It's been a year since I read it and I still think about it, all the time. It was just such a powerful book.

6. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story - Jewel
I have read it, but I would LOVE to have it on my shelf for good, and/or have an audiobook so that this time she could personally tell me her stories. I just love her so much.

7. The Ark - Margot Benary-Isbert
The Hoy Grail book I want most. It's one of my favorite books ever, but it's expensive. I keep hoping I'll run across it at a book sale. Heck, even an antiquarian bookstore. I'd pay $10-15 for a copy I could examine in person.

8. The Book of Sunnybank - Albert Payson Terhune
The one I want the most and the one that is by far the rarest and most expensive, because the original edition -- the only one with photos, which are the best part -- is far less common than the republished and retitled edition (Sunnybank: Home of Lad).

9. The Leaving - Lynn Hall
This isn't especially hard to find, but it also means I resent paying the cost of shipping for paperback given the relative probability of finding it for 50 cents to $1. I'd take any Lynn Hall book I don't own, but I think this is the one I am most curious about.

[June 2019 edit: I broke down and bought it for the cost of shipping when Thrift Books had a sale.]

Stopping there because it's just too hard to narrow them down anymore!

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