(Ali has invited people to share their holiday book wish lists, so here's mine).
A little while ago, my sister asked a little wistfully (or possibly just curiously), "Now that you are reading so many books that have just been published, do you still care about the old books?" Because my sister and I have for years been peacefully reading old and out-of-print girls books, mainly English, and it is true that blogging has brought me into a different sort of book world. I enjoy being part of the excitement of ARCs and new releases, but I do think from time to time of giving more of my blogging to the books that live on the shelves of my bedroom--the old and the beloved (new books that I feel friendly toward but don't quite love live in downstairs book shelves). My wish list for Christmas reflects that book side of my character, although I always put some new ones on so as to give people easily found and affordable choices (and of course to support the publishing industry). I don't have time to explain who all these authors are, but if you recognize any of the more obscure ones, and are a fan yourself, do say hi!
Miscellaneous out-of-print English books (sorry publishing industry, I know this isn't really going to help you much):
Monica Redlich Jam Tomorrow
William Mayne Words and Music (although I don’t actually expect anyone to get this for me, seeing as it’s about $700), Cradlefasts (sequel to Earthfasts)
Noel Streatfeild The Children on the Top Floor, The Bell Family.
Sutcliff, Rosemary The Armourer’s House (illustrated by C. Walter Hodges)
Stevenson, D.E. Spring Magic, Four Windows, hardcover of The Four Graces, hardcover of The Tall Stranger (and then my Stevenson collection is complete! However, this isn't going to happen. These have been on my wish list for about 8 years.)
Saville, Malcom All Summer Through, Christmas at Nettlefield, The Secret of Buzzard’s Scar
Ewing, Juliana Mary’s Meadow and Other Tales of Fields and Flowers
Elinor Lyon The Golden Shore
Some ballet books:
Jean Estroail Drina Ballerina (another one that sells for hundreds and hundreds of dollars, if there’s even a copy for sale which there mostly isn’t).
Nada Curcija-Prodanovic Ballerina
Robina Beckles-Wilson A Time To Dance
Two about Dunkirk (I love WW II childrens and YA fiction):
Philip Turner Dunkirk Summer
Jill Paton Walsh The Dolphin Crossing
Some recently published ones (which I really want, not just because I care about the publishing industry):
Phillipa Pearce A Finder’s Magic
Patricia McKillip The Bell at Sealy Head
Michelle Magorian Just Henry
Joan Aiken The Serial Garden
And in addition to these, several books published this year from Girls Gone By Publishers and Fidra Books.