Monday, December 18, 2017

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Ever since doing the KonMari method a few years ago, I've been really picky about what books I own. I'm trying to work my way through the handful of unread books on my shelf so I can decide whether to keep them. Otherwise I pretty much don't get my own copy of a book unless it's one I've read and loved so much that I want to go back and reference it, reread it, and/or lend it to other people. Here are ten that I'd be happy to own but don't yet.

1. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
I think everyone should read this book, so it would help if I had a copy to lend out.

2. The Happy Sleeper by Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright
Although these techniques didn't really work with our toddler, I'd like to give them a go with our next kid, when it's still early enough to teach them good sleep habits.

3. How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King
This book is chock-full of practical advice and scripts — I need a copy for reference.

4. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Another one I want everyone — at least in America — to read.

5. The Mysterious Benedict Society boxset by Trenton Lee Stewart
I adore these books and want the complete set for my kids' bookshelf.

6. Room by Emma Donoghue
This is one my favorite books of all time, but I don't own a copy.

7. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Same as above. This made the cut for my ideal bookshelf print, so it ought to be on my real bookshelf.

8. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Another book I love that I don't yet own.

9. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
This is another one that has so many tips, in this case for positive habit formation, that I'd like it on hand to reference.

10. Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan
This isn't necessarily one of my favorites, but it's out of print now and I'd like to own a copy for when my kids are older. It has some important messages about race and history told through a fantasy story.

What books would you like to own?

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