I wish bookstores had Black Friday sales so I could get a bestselling $27.95 hardcover for like seven bucks. That would be a merry Christmas! I guess I’ll just have to wait for Read Tuesday though. My family knows me very well by now so they know I usually ask for specific books and if they can’t find those, or if they’ve already been bought, a B&N gift card is always appreciated. On my wish list this year are several of those aforementioned expensive hardcovers released recently:
1. Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield
I loved Setterfield’s first novel, The Thirteenth Tale, and was so excited by the prospect of another unique, many-layered novel like that. I read The Thirteenth Tale when I was very young, fourteen I think, and it was a book that made me stop reading YA for a time and focus on adult literature, and so I credit it with introducing me to new books and new authors. I’ve heard Bellman & Black has gotten less-than-stellar reviews but I’m still eager to experience it myself.
2. The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my favorite authors, even though her novel The Namesake was my least favorite of her books. I liked her short story collections much better, especially The Interpreter of Maladies. Anyway, I got sticker shock when I saw the price on that one and kept putting off a trip to the library so I could read the thing already, and then I decided to ask for it for Christmas. I’m super excited for it, even though all my other Lahiri books are paperback! But I do like mismatched shelves, and I like hardcovers even more.
3. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
I found such a gorgeous hardcover edition of this classic at Barnes & Noble a couple weeks ago and had to forcibly stop my hand from picking it up and buying it immediately. I want this edition specifically because it’s pretty because I’m sure I could get a cheap paperback of this for close to nothing. Unfortunately, I like pretty books.
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Box Set Trilogy, Stieg Larsson
This one is a guilty pleasure. I loved the books but I don’t own them, having borrowed them from my sister a couple years ago. She’s got the cloth-covered box set that I covet, and since they’re so expensive, I feel like they’d make a great gift from my long-suffering family! Barring that, I’ll get myself a used set. Pre-loved, I always say.
What’s on your wish list this holiday season?