The past few Christmases my parents have given me a box of books instead of just a Barnes and Nobles gift card. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with B&N gift cards, but there is something truly delightful about getting actual books for Christmas. Maybe it’s because there is no delay in being able to thumb through them, smell their pages, and ogle their pretty covers. Wow…that’s creepy. But you get the idea.
Since this has become a tradition of sorts, and I’m just about to finish the last book from last years box. Yes, I’m still reading The Brothers Karamazov, but I’ve almost conquered the beast. Woof. But that’s another blog post. However, since the Christmas season seems to be upon us (even though it’s only November), I thought I should start making this years list.
Yes, every year I give my parents a list. I read too many books for my mom to stab in the dark. This year the process of making the list has been much harder. There are just so many wonderful books out there, and I struggled with what I should ask for specifically. Nevertheless, after much contemplation I have the list. Like any wish list I will not obtain the full list and my mom may throw in one or two she thinks that I might like, and naturally this makes it all the more fun!
Okay, I’ll shut up. Here’s the Box o’ Books list of 2017:
Rebecca by: Daphne du Maurier- A former roommate mentioned that this was one of their favorite books and for whatever reason, it’s been stuck in my head ever since.
Brave New World by: Aldous Huxley- I’ve seen this book appear numerous times on lists of books everyone should read, so I thought perhaps I should see what everyone is on about.
Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by: Sam Kean- Mr. Kean is my favorite non-fiction writer, so his latest book was an absolutely must on this years list.
The Rithmatist by: Brandon Sanderson- I’ve again see this book recommended quite often, and I’ve liked Sanderson’s other work.
Words of Radiance by: Brandon Sanderson- This is the second book in the Stormlight Archives series. I really enjoyed the first one which I received in last year’s box. Naturally, I want to find out what happens next.
The killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by: David Grann- This book was recommended to me by my aunt and uncle-in-law. They said it was a tremendous read and apparently many others agree. This book was originally on my book date list, but it didn’t make it into my basket that day.
Sense and Sensibility by: Jane Austen- I’ve only read one other Austen novel: Pride and Prejudice while it wasn’t my favorite. I’ve decided I need to give Austen another go.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by: Phaedra Patrick. This book also was on my book date list, but I could not find a copy in our search. The title has me very intrigued.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by: Benjamin Alire Saenz- I know nothing about this book, but I thought the title and cover were amazing and thus on the list it went.
When the Moon was Ours by: Anna-Marie McLemore- Yes, I also shamefully picked this book because of its cover. It looks so magical.
Otherland by: Tad Williams- I have been meaning to read this book for years. It was recommended by a few friends, and I thought maybe it was high time that I get around to reading it.
There it is folks! Thoughts? Did I pick some doozies or duds? Let me know your thoughts below!