I love getting books as gifts but as I have so many (not too many mind you) people rarely buy me books as a gift because they don't know what I already have or what I've read- even with a new release. So, at the prompting of the Broke and the Bookish, here are 10 books on my Christmas wish list (there are probably others, but these 10 come to mind)...
1. Between the Lines- Victoria Pendleton (with Donald MacRae)
My Olympic obsession knows no bounds. I find her intriguing as she wears her heart on her sleeve and publicly acknowledges how she has so much self doubt, yet she was supremely brilliant as a cyclist (even if she isn't a natural performer and dancer!). So I would love to read more about her.
2. Red Shirts- John Scalzi
I read a review of this on EPBOT. It sounds hilarious and just enough tongue in cheek look at Startrek that I think it would be a great read.
3. The Wisdom of Crowds- James Surowieki
I've read books on economics, popular science, thought and who knows what else. This one attracted my attention, I'd love to have some insight into why we bahave as we do when we are in crowds- the way twitter and facebook seems to behave like shoals of fish in the sea on all sorts of topics. Fascinating.
4. The Missing Ink- Karen E. Olson
I've read trashy crime books on all sorts of themes- birds, libraries, cake shops, dance schools, White House chefs, teddy bear makers. I love the silly puns, the ridiculous jokes and, oddly, they are wonderfully diverting. This is a series set in a tattoo parlour- what's not to love!
5. Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love it- Lynne M Thomas
I like Dr Who. A lot of the stuff written about and for Dr Who is by men and from a male perspective. This could be different. I'd like to find out.
6. Divergent- Veronica Roth
This is another that was in the review on EPBOT. It's sci-fi/fantasy-tastic and the start of a series, what more could you ask.
7. A Blink of the Screen- Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett. Short Stories. Win.
8. Is it Just Me? Miranda Hart
She's hilarious, I love her in pretty much everything (I'd love to see her do Strictly, with Ian Waite) I've seen her in. I think this would be a book that would result in snorting indelicately with laughter. Possibly it would unreasonably test my pelvic floor control. Such Fun.
9. Super Cute Felt- Laura Howard
Have you seen her blog? She makes gorgeous things from felt. I've been coveting the book for the last year and so far no one has taken the hint. So, here it is- If you are going to buy me a craft book this year BUY THIS ONE.
10. Jamaica Inn- Daphne DuMaurier
I read Rebecca donkey's ago, I've just read My Cousin Rachael and remembered how wonderful her writing is. I want to read more. So to be fair, anything by DuMaurier that isn't Rebecca or My Cousin Rachael would cut the mustard.
So, there you have it- the books I'm currently coveting. But, if you still don't know what to buy then by all means a good old fashioned book token would be fabulous.