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Thursday, November 27, 2008

A LOT more than Ten on Tuesday (er, make that Thursday): Compiling my book wish list

Back in the summer, I started including a "book wish list" section in my Saturday Review posts. I had never really kept up a wish list before, but one thing about book blogging is that it's hard to avoid finding out about lots of great stuff you might want to read, and I wanted to start making note of books that intrigued me. While I was at is, I decided to add some linky love to the exercise by listing and linking to the review post that interested me in the book rather than to the book itself.

This week's prompt for Ten on Tuesday was "10 Things You Want for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa," and since I am having a lot of trouble coming up with things to ask for this year, I had decided I would leave that to my husband and skip it myself. (Seriously, y'all HAVE to click that link and read his list. Tall Paul is the King of Christmas-list-making.) But when Bookish Ruth posted her book wish list in response to a prompt by Ali of Worducopia on Buy Books for the Holidays, it dawned on me that if I pull all my own book-wish-list links together into one place, I've probably got a lot more than ten items to work with.

Here's my summary of book-wish-list links since July of this year. The ones with a strike-through are books that I'm no longer wishing for, because I've already obtained them (one way or another), but I decided to include them anyway, just for the (complete) record. And in the spirit of the day, here's a huge THANK YOU to my book-blogging cohorts for telling me about all of these exciting new books!

Loose Girl, by Kerry Cohen
Keeping the House, by Ellen Baker
Lady of the Snakes, by Rachel Pastan
Up for Renewal by Cathy Alter
Schooled, by Anisha Lakhani (won a copy from J. Kaye of J. Kaye's Book Blog!)
Flower Children, by Maxine Swann
How to Be a Canadian, by Will Ferguson and Ian Ferguson
Rules for Saying Goodbye, by Katherine Taylor
Aberrations, by Penelope Przekop
Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan
Inglorious, by Joanna Kavenna
The Book of Animal Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know is Wrong, by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd (received for Christmas from my husband)
The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, by Jessica Anya Blau
Rabbit in the Moon, by Deborah and Joel Shilan
Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir From an Atomic Town, by Kelly McMasters
American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld
She Was by Janis Hallowell
The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner
Life Without Water, by Nancy Peacock
Hurry Down Sunshine, by Michael Greenberg
Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter, by Phoebe Damrosch (received for Christmas from my husband)
The Anteater of Death (A Gunn Zoo Mystery), by Betty Webb
Janeology, by Karen Harrington
Home Girl: Building a Dream House on a Lawless Block, by Judith Matloff (I have a review copy now, awaiting reading)
Novel About My Wife, by Emily Perkins
Dear John, by Norma L. Betz
The Pages In Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home, by Erin Einhorn (I have a review copy now, awaiting reading)
Out, by Natsuo Kirino
Anatomy of a Boyfriend, by Daria Snadowsky
Who By Fire, by Diana Spechler
Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited, by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein
The Best Place to Be: A Novel in Stories, by Lesley Dormen
The Pools, by Bethan Roberts
Losing Kei, by Suzanne Kamata
Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story, by Kim Powers
Another Way Home, by Christa Parrish
The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff
The Likeness, by Tana French
My Seven Years in Captivity: Tails and Misadventures in the San Diego Zoo, by Bill Seaton
 (received a review copy)
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, by Elizabeth McCracken
The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett
The Almost Archer Sisters, by Lisa Gabrielle
Most Likely You'll Go Your Way and I'll o Mine, by Ben Tanzer (received a review copy from the author)

The Kept Man, by Jami Attenberg
Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe, by Jennie Shortridge
Dumbfounded, by Matthew Rothschild
Broken, by Daniel Clay
What Happened to Anna K., by Irina Reyn
Grit for the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Debora M. Coty, Faith Tibbetts McDonald, and Joanna Bloss

Yikes. Clearly a LOT of books have caught my eye in just the last few months! I guess if anyone's looking for ideas, I should just send them here.

How's your holiday wish list - for books, or anything else you'd like - coming along?

6 comments:

  1. Thank YOU for the link to my reviews :) I hope you enjoy the books - you have quite a great list there :) Have a wonderful day!

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  2. Wendy - I suspect the list will keep growing much faster than books come off it. I always enjoy reading your reviews. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  3. LOL! This is a great idea! Because really, there's not a whole lot I want other than books. Unless someone can gift me more time in which to read? :-)

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  4. Trish - Books, seasons 4-7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD, and some new earrings for my recently-pierced ears - that's pretty much my list. But that "more time to read" thing would be very nice to have too!

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  5. I forward when possible the blog posts of books I am interested in reading to myself and store them in a folder for future reference. I go through it every now and then and update my Amazon wish list or my Excel wish list. I need to do a little updating again soon, now that I think about it.

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  6. Wendy (Literary Feline) - Since I'm actually doing a "wish list" of sorts now, maybe I really should get one going on Amazon.
    So many books, so little time...

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