What Does Your Book Wish List Say About You?

It’s the most wonderful, crazy-making time of the year. There is so much to celebrate, so much to do, so much to buy. But if you are buying gifts for somebody, chances are, somebody is buying gifts for you. And if you are at all like me, your gift wish list is made up mainly of books. Lucky me, I have a mixed-religion family and a birthday just after the new year, so I am particularly spoiled over the holidays. But I’m easy—I ask for books. And I love it when people ask for books from me. But the types of books that are asked for can be revealing. What kind of books are on your wish list?


Self-help, health or lifestyle books: If you have asked for any of these types of books, you probably have a New Year’s resolution to match each request. You were feeling ambitious and motivated when you made your wish list, but you need a little help staying the course. You probably have a juicer or a yoga mat on your list as well. Good luck.


Rare, used or out of print books: You are a meanie. Unless the person to whom you’ve given this list owes you big time, buy these books yourself.


A series: Long before binge-watching there was binge-reading, where avid bibliophiles got to devour all the books written in a certain order by a certain writer before moving on to the next. You know what you like, and see no reason to divest your interest in an author if there is still more to read. You probably cried when Breaking Bad (or Harry Potter) ended.


Bestsellers: When it comes to books, you definitely believe the hype, and your wish list reflects that. You like the newest of the new, the talked about—and often you want to be able to be the first to talk about it. You’re an avid reader and you’re all caught up on what’s already out there, so it’s first edition hardcovers mined straight from the hot sheets for you.


A gift certificate: Asking for gift certificates to your favorite book seller can say quite a bit about you. It could mean that you are a moving target when it comes to your reading tastes, unable to pin down your next great read, but it could also mean that you are simply trying to make gift-giving as easy as possible for your friends and family. Or it means that you don’t trust them to get you what you want. Heh.


Happy holidays, and happy reading!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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