Christmas Wishlist

Because we all have these numerous monito-monita things in our lives and for the sake of the people who got me, I am collating each and every wish I have in this post para fun. =P

As always, my list consist of mostly books, even if my house looks like a library exploded inside. I don't think I'll ever get tired of reading, of getting lost in the worlds of people I don't know, of instances I may never experience.

Missed Connections by Sophie Blackall

Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.”
In her first book for adults, the artist Sophie Blackall creates a deeply felt, poignant book about love—a book that captures the mystery, the yearning, at times the cosmic humor behind the “what if?” of a missed connection.
Like a message in a bottle, a “missed connection” classified (usually posted on a website) is an attempt however far-fetched, by one stranger to reach another on the strength of a remembered glance, smile, or blue hat. The anonymous messages are hopeful and hopeless, funny and sad. Ms. Blackall, award-winning illustrator of Ruby’s Wish and Big Red Lollipop, has turned some of the most evocative (or hilarious) of them into exquisite paintings.
Missed Connections is a collection of illustrated love stories. There’s “We Shared a Bear Suit.” “If Not for Your Noisy Tambourine.” “Hairy Bearded Swimmer.” Each is told in the shorthand of a “missed connection,” and then illustrated in Chinese ink and watercolor. The paintings are extraordinary: delicate yet full of feeling, each springing from one little detail of the post into a fully imagined world. Each brings the voyeuristic pleasure of watching love at first sight, and the pleasure of watching an artist discover a fresh new way to tell a story. And not all the connections are missed. Hidden in the book are three pieces that conjure up the magic of love found.

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

It's a testament to July's artistry that the narrators of this arresting first collection elicit empathy rather than groans. "Making Love in 2003," for example, follows a young woman's dubious trajectory from being the passive, discarded object of her writing professor's attentions to seducing a 14-year-old boy in the special-needs class she teaches, while another young woman enters the sex industry when her girlfriend abandons her, with a surprising effect on the relationship. July's characters over these 16 stories get into similarly extreme situations in their quests to be loved and accepted, and often resort to their fantasy lives when the real world disappoints (which is often): the self-effacing narrator of "The Shared Patio" concocts a touching romance around her epilectic Korean neighbor; the aging single man of "The Sister" weaves an elaborate fantasy around his factory colleague Victor's teenage sister (who doesn't exist) to seduce someone else. July's single emotional register is familiar from her film Me and You and Everyone We Know, but it's a capacious one: wry, wistful, vulnerable, tough and tender, it fully accommodates moments of bleak human reversals. These stories are as immediate and distressing as confessionals.

The Power of Kindness by Pierro Ferrucci

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

Of course. I have the e-book and have started reading it but a physical copy is just as imperative.

Provenciana by Apol Lejano - Massebieau

Don't even know if this is still available but if you get me this, I will love you forever.Chance by Chanel. I discovered this in Vancouver and if you know how swooning happens, that is precisely what I did. I swooned. Over a scent. Really.

A long vacation in the country so I can regroup, recollect, retreat and most of all: forget.

Photo via Cannelle et Vanille

Nothing else, really. Just a happy Christmas and lots of food and dancing and merrymaking. Merry Christmas, my dearest readers!