I am one of those people who has a difficult time asking for things. I have everything we really need, at least for the most part. I don’t like to put people out or sound needy, so I am content with what I have.
I think that is generally a good thing.
Don’t get me wrong, there are things I want. But, the logical part of my brain reminds me (usually) that I have enough music and books and clothes, so why ask for more.
Thus, when people ask me what I want for Christmas, I often draw a blank. I think my immediate family has adjusted to my evasiveness. It isn’t that I don’t want something, it is just that it isn’t necessary. They get it. They raised me. We aren’t extravagant Christmas people. But, sometimes my in-laws think I am a bit nuts because I never know what I want for Christmas (Patrick sometimes threatens to tell them I want things he wants).
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday Challenge with the Broke and the Bookish is a list of the top ten books I wouldn’t mind Santa bringing me. This is doable. Although I often can’t think of things off the top of my head, there are all sorts of books I wouldn’t mind acquiring. So, I will just put that out there to those of you who puzzle at me and my not wanting gifts.
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I have had this book on my to be read list for almost a year. The book is about a 16 year old with cancer who meets goes to a support group for teens with cancer and falls in love with a boy who is an amputee in remission from osteosarcoma. It has a ton of good reviews and I have had it recommended to me a number of times.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Another book on my to be read list for ages, this one sounds to be a great light read that again comes highly recommended. This one is the story of a girl who get sent off to boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school… Intriguing.
- On Being Ill by Virginia Woolf. I know, I need to not read so much around my job, but this really does sound interesting. The book looks at illness in literature.
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. This book was originally published in French and was translated to English, but I would take it in either language. It is a memoir of a journalist who, following a stroke, developed locked in syndrome.
- A Thousand Splendid Sons by Khaled Hosseini. I loved The Kite Runner and he has a new book coming out next year, so I was reminded of this book that I have yet to read.
- Anything by Jodi Picoult (well, except the ones I already have). I know she irritates some people with the twists and the relatively similar plot patterns, but I love her books. And aside from the few that I have in my possession, I would gladly take any of her other novels.
- Anything by Emily Giffin (except Something Borrowed or Something Blue). I consumed the first two books she wrote this summer, but there are a few more out there I wouldn’t mind reading. And having around as potential re-read material.
- Book anthology by Mark Twain (It is on sale at Chapters and contains both Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and others). I have had my eye on this beast since last year. I have no idea what it is actually called, but it has been living in the discount section. I probably should just go acquire it myself.
- The Momentary Marriage by John Piper. Really, I think I would take anything by John Piper, but this is one that has always intrigued me (by always I mean the last few months). This book looks at marriage as a model for Christ and the church and our views of marriage versus what God intended.
- The House of God by Samuel Shem. I know I have already read this, but it is totally a re-read and own kind of book. I think it really reminds you what medicine can be like and lets you have a bit of a laugh at the same time.
Honestly, I would take almost any book, so long as it is NOT a Harlequin Romance or some sort of book about building or growing stuff.
What books are on your list this year?