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Hint, Hint: Holiday Wishlist?

musingmondays1With the holiday season now upon us, have you left any hint – subtle or otherwise – for books family and friends might buy you for Christmas? Do you like to receive books, or do you prefer certificates so you can choose your own?

I do not drop hints for books anyone might acquire for me on any occasion. The rapid change of book status (i.e. acquired, read, to be read, discarded, etc.) and my whims make it way too difficult for anyone to catch up with me. Nor do I have the patience to wait for a book that I want to read to be gifted to me. If I want to read a book so badly, with burning urgency, I just go get it myself. For the same reason I have kept my wishlist private because it’s more a pending shopping list. Friends and family know better to give me books and instead they often give certificates.

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  1. This was the first year that I sent out my wish list, both book and other items. In the past, I would give subtle hints to family members or say that I didn’t care. And with as much as I read, you would think my loved ones would know that any gift card from a book store would be most appreciated. Unfortunately, I have NEVER received either a wanted book or gift cards to book stores for the holidays. And frankly, I’m tired of not getting what I truly want.

    I agree though that my wish list is essentially my shopping list. I’m going to try it this year and see what comes of it. Hopefully, people will take the hint and finally get me something that I both want and can use.

    • I know, what’s up with that?! People would give me things that I either have no use for or just weird (not that I am ungrateful), but don’t they realize all it takes is just a GIFT CARD from the bookstore? 🙂

  2. That’s funny: I don’t have the patience to wait either!

  3. While we have polar opposites when it comes to wish list habits, you have no idea how happy I am to learn that there are other people like me who read books in no sensible order or fashion. My reading habits are focused around availability, proximity, and mood, of which nobody (not even myself) has any sort of handle on. Sometimes I will even read multiple books at the same time, which drives my wife crazy.

    Thomas 🙂

    • I can manage at most 3 books at the same time or I will be confused over the plot and the characters. Also I tend to have long attention span when I read and that makes me stick with one book. 🙂

  4. I love to get gift certificates or gift cards…but I hate to give them.
    I know..it is illogical.

  5. No one tries to buy me books either but I’ve yet to get a gift card from the kids or hubby!!! Maybe this will be the year? 🙂

    • I don’t understand why nobody has given me gift certificates from bookstores. My theory is that they think it’s less personal to give me a certificate since I buy a lot of my books as if I’m buying daily coffee?

  6. If I want to read a book so badly, with burning urgency, I just go get it myself. I can relate to that!! 😛

  7. Usually, I can’t wait. But there are books on my distant To Get To List that I will send my relatives. Here is mine

    • I do maintain an informal, distant list of books that I like to be given. These books are usually coffee-table materials, huge photography and pictorials. 🙂

  8. Yes, the impatience gets the better of me, too. I just get it myself. As for the wishlist, it is my pending shopping list, too!

    Here’s mine:


    • I’m always on the lookout for books that I crave. Sometimes I would spot sale or mark-down at the stores and I’ll just snatch it right away. How can I wait until people who have the sense to buy me the book I want to read? 🙂

  9. Hi, Matt! Most of my friends are wary of giving me books, as they know that I’m a bibliophile and would have lots and lots of books on my shelves. They usually ask me though, or try to drop subtle hints to know if I’ve read a book or not.

    Most of the time, I’m happy just to receive nice bookmarks for Christmas! One could never have too many of them bookmarks, don’t you think?

    • I tend to lose bookmarks or forget to take them off books that I have finished. I stock on them whenever I find ones that I like. The most recent additions are bookmarks with different views of San Francisco. 🙂

  10. I can relate to the impatience and also the “burning urgency.” Well put. Here is my response to this week’s question:



  11. I’m the same way, Matt. Give me gift certificates and I’m happy 🙂

    • Friends and family think gift certificates are too impersonal– this is just my theory. I guess if I would always remember so and so gave me a cashmere sweater but I would not always remember the person has given me a certificate?

  12. My close friends/family have really given up on buying me books because I have already read them! They don’t even look at my wish list, just get a gift card.

  13. I seldom drop hints. In India, brothers usually dole out hard cash for festivals and such like and that works great for me!

    Well friends give me gift certificates for bookstores and I give out for departmental stores. It suits us all!

    Mondays: Musings/Mailbox/Whereabouts

  14. I always make a wish list, but don’t mind if people pick me out neat books they think I’ll like. My dad in particular always seems to find titles I’ve never heard of that are great.

    • The few people who really share my taste usually are hitting the spot when they give me books. Otherwise I just appreciate suggestion or a gift card. 🙂

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