Like Santa’s elves, the BookTrib team has been spending their days helping book lovers gift loved ones with the book of their dreams. But what secret yearnings hide deep in our hearts for Christmas? Our eclectic choices might inspire your giving—or even your own wishlist. We know you’ve been very, very good this year. Why not treat yourself? So grab a pencil and paper. Here we go:
For this Christmas I definitely want The Flash jacket which I think looks really cool and I’m a big fan of The CW show. The jacket would make me look a little cooler, and I always imagined what it would be like to be a superhero who is saving people from evil.
A book that I want for Christmas is one that I grew up reading, the timeless Moby Dick by Herman Melville. This book is definitely a classic, and I found it to be a very insightful read when I was growing up. Another reason it also interest me this holiday is that there is a movie coming out this month called In The Heart of the Sea, which starts Chris Hemsworth, directed by the legendary Ron Howard.
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin, Elio Garcia, and Linda Antonsson (Bantam 2014) – This book came out last year, but I didn’t get it because I was at school, too busy, and couldn’t justify spending $30 on anything that wasn’t food. However, it’s been on my wishlist for at least a year, so hopefully someone gets it for me!
Book-themed eye makeup by Shiro Cosmetics, specifically their The Seven Kingdoms Collection. Shiro makes geek-themed vegan and cruelty-free eye, lip and face makeup lines that are simply beautiful. They have lip glosses and eyeshadows based on Harry Potter, Sherlock-themed contour powders and a bunch more amazing products, but the one I’m most interested in is (you guessed it) their Game of Thrones-themed eyeshadows! I have a few already, and they’re AH-MAZING, and I want more for the holiday times.
I want all of these for Christmas!
Art of Neil Gaiman: A closer look at his amazing mind.
Saveur Soups and Stews: I’m a soup junkie (even in the summer…mmm, gazpacho!) and I love using my slow cooker as much as possible.
Charles Bukowski on Cats: Bukowski talking about his cats really endeared him to me. He was definitely a crazy cat man later in life.
What I wish for is the time to read the backlog of books I already have – my head might explode if I add to the pile.
My only other wish list is the next J.K. Rowling series. I do realize it’s not coming out for some time and I know I’m a grown-up, but I want it. For Christmas. This year. Take that challenge, Santa.
I have my heart set on the Doctor Who Coloring Book (for adults). Don’t judge me. When you combine two things you love: coloring and Doctor Who… you can’t go wrong! The book consists of 96 intricate pictures (including villains, the Doctor, the TARDIS and quotes from this amazing television show) that are blank canvases for every book-loving Whovian out there. Since this item isn’t out until February 16, 2016—I’ll be waiting a little while for it. But that won’t stop me from putting it on my list for that special someone in my life to pre-order it for me.
Other than going back home for the holidays, my wishlist is getting me hands on Jonathan Franzen’s Purity because I want to read half a Franzen novel, give up, and proceed to lie that I read the whole thing to sound smarter than I really am.
I’ve been asked nicely to please trim down my list. Surely a slender wishlist of 12 items from that glorious purveyor of pens and such from Japan, JetPens, isn’t too long? (Just a few brush pen samplers and those achingly cute animal page markers, pretty please, Santa?) Or art books like Kelly Sue DeConnick’s latest masterpiece or the latest from my fave sculptor Andy Goldsworthy? OK. If I have to behave and ask for just one thing (kind of) then my wish is for Mary Robinette Kowal’s glorious Glamourist Histories. Author Kowal had me at “…if Jane Austen had written fantasy.” The fifth and final book in the series, Of Noble Family (Tor Books) came out this year. And yes. I want them all! Please.
Here’s the thing about my wishlist: it lives on Amazon. And thankfully, Amazon has no limit on the amount of items allowed to accumulate. At this point, my wishlist is up to 612 items. Oooops! I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll just never empty my pride and joy that is my Amazon wishlist. So, Santa, how about some Amazon gift cards? Or just the first five pages of the list? I’m really not a greedy person, I swear! If I must get specific, then here’s the series I’ve been dying to read: J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I’m just so intimidated by the number of books in the series (16!!!) that I keep choosing other things to read. So that’s my wishlist this year, the entire series of BDB books and then I challenge myself to read them all by 2016. Doable? Let’s find out!
This may sound like a cliché, however, I really am wishing and praying for Peace on Earth, not just for me, but for everyone, be they Muslims, Christians or Jews. Let’s not dwell on our differences, but find the common link that will bring us all together. I recently finished reading Professor Miroslav Volf’s book, Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World (Yale University Press). This world-renowned theologian explores how the greatest dangers to humanity, as well as the greatest promises for human flourishing, are at the intersection of religion and globalization. Inspired reading.