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There are so many books I want to own, although right now the question of what to get for Christmas is purely theoretical, because I haven't really got room for any more books. Still, here's the shortlist:
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Everyman's Library edition): I read AK two years ago, and I think it's time for a reread. Everyman's Library editions are particularly lovely.
2. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim: This is such a delightful book about four women who rent a castle in Italy. It technically falls under the "woman goes to Europe and finds herself" genre that I despise, but The Enchanted April isn't particularly dopey.
3 & 4. Persuasion and Sanditon and Other Stories by Jane Austen (Everyman's Library editions): These will complete my collection of the works of Jane Austen, all in Everyman's Library editions.
5, 6, & 7. Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis: I love these books so much (okay, so I haven't finished That Hideous Strength, but I love what I've read so far), and the set I borrowed from my parents has such tiny print and cheap paper.
8. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman: I got this from my library right when it came out and loved it, but I never can afford brand new cookbooks, because they're so expensive.
9. Kenilworth by Walter Scott: Just such a great book, and now I've got some Kenilworth Gardens tea to drink while I read it.
10. The OED: One of my life's ambitions is not only to own a complete OED, but to read the thing as well. I've already read several one-volume dictionaries, but I'm not getting any younger, so I probably need to get started on this soon.