Posted in Book Talk

Top Ten Tuesday: Wishlist Books 🥰

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s prompt is to share books on a wish list, in the hopes that someone might grant one. Frankly I don’t expect that because it seems a lot to ask strangers or vague acquaintances to spend money on me. Still, here’s the list of ones mostly under $10 USD in case anyone feels struck. I’m looking at this as more of a way to share some good deal going on right now. Currently these are all on sale (thanks BookBub!) for way cheaper than usual!

The Ten Wishes

Here’s the wishlist with these books to see if they are still on sale, as well as a few others that are closer to full price if anyone is feeling particularly generous. If anyone does actually send me something, consider making it a book you love or recommend! I’d especially love that community aspect we have here on top of the generosity. ❤

$1.99

$2.99

$4.99

$7.99

$10-$12

Thanks y’all! Hope you can snag a discounted book for yourself. 🙂 Drop a link to your own Top Ten Tuesday post (and/or wishlist!) for this week!

Posted in Chatty

Update – It worked!

So yesterday I was questioning how to give books as gifts to people who don’t typically read much, and noted that I got The Batman Who Laughs for my boyfriend. He’ll read occasionally, but it’s not a big passion of his.

Luckily, it went well! He seemed interested (and not just from pity), and maybe also seemed a little relieved when he saw it was a comic/graphic novel and not full text! I’m glad I gave it a shot.

Aaaaaaand of course he did a very good job and got me some books I’ve been wanting to read this year! He did some impressive sleuthing to find me on goodreads and then go through my list of 392 books on my want-to-read list to pick out 3 really excellent choices. #WhenYouKnowItsRight 🥰

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Gifting Books to Non-Readers

Happy Whatever-You-Celebrate!

Creative, but possibly unsafe??

Or nothing at all, whatever you want, but for me it’s decorating a tree and buying gifts for family. And one of my constant struggles is whether or not to buy books for my friends and family who aren’t really readers. By that I mean that they might read a few books a year, at most, and generally wouldn’t have a book in mind that they wanted to read. (Side note – if anyone ever asks me what book I’d like to read next, they get a list. Not sure what life is like for other people…)

But sometimes, I find a book that I think that one person who doesn’t read would actually love! And then it’s a question:

Do I give them a book anyway?

It’s actually a lot of questions, usually in a sequence similar to this:

Pictured above: possible entrance to paradise

Do I give them a book anyway?
Will they be insulted if I give them a book, since they know I know they don’t like to read?
Screw them if they’re insulted, I got them a gift!
But I don’t want them to hate my gift…
Maybe I’ll get them another gift that’s more of their standard, too, just in case.

And that’s typically what happens: I get the book, hope they like it (or at least that they attempt to like it and not just put it on a shelf and never even try), and give something else that I know is an active interest of theirs. Then everyone wins!

What’s your method?

There’s been a lot of social attention this year on Iceland’s jólabókaflóð, which is the tradition of giving a book on Christmas eve and then the family staying in and spending the evening reading together. (Note – reading together is a weird concept. More like reading near each other? It’s lovely, anyway.)

This is a completely impossible idea for me, because I 100% cannot imagine my family reading; most of them probably haven’t finished a book in years. Iceland is a pretty incredible place though, and the amount of books they have published in Icelandic or written by Icelanders is incredible.

So are you using the hype to convince your family to try this out? Or maybe just as excuse for you to be able to spend a day reading? Do you ever gift books, comics, or other reading materials to people who aren’t ‘readers?’ Please tell me how it goes.

PS – I totally bought my boyfriend The Batman Who Laughs and I have no idea how it’ll go…