10 books from my Wish List…and why
My book buying habits have changed, in part because of
I’m a happy member of Amazon’s subser (subscription service), but it does make me feel a bit…guilty when I pay for a book outside of that (at least for myself).
There are a lot of books I’d love to read which are not part of KU: at this point, the Big 5 (the biggest publishers of trade books…the ones you would have bought in a bookstore, not things like textbooks) are not participating. I do keep saying that I expect that at least on the Big 5 will put at least some of the backlist titles in KU by the end of the year. We’ll see. :)
So, what I do is put those books on an Amazon Wish List.
Then, I share it with my family at the holidays.
My Significant Other used to be so happy to find a book I didn’t have. On certain topics, I pretty much bought every title that came out…or that I could get used.
Now, there is my Wish List.
When I look at it, it almost feels like going into a bookstore. I now have over 200 things on my main list (I have several lists for different purposes), although not all of them are books.
A bookstore in an airport might have something like that number…oh, they might have a thousand or so titles. Eventually, e-books and print-on-demand (POD) may really change that experience!
I thought I’d list ten of the books, and tell you what interests me about them.
Note: I am not doing this because I’d like you to get them for me. :) I’m going to ask that you not do that: I want to save that for my family. :)
You do enough for me just by being readers (and subscribers…thanks, subscribers!).
My Wish List isn’t public, it’s just shared with specific people. That’s an option at Amazon.
For more information on Wish Lists, see
So, in no particular order, here are ten of the books on my main Wish List:
The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game
by Mary Pilon
4.2 stars out of 5 | 57 customer reviews
In addition to managing a bookstore, I managed a game store. Games have always been an interest of mine, and I always love the stories behind our pop culture.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore
4.4 stars | 182 reviews
Another look behind pop culture. I already know something about Wonder Woman and the unusual life of the superhero’s creator. This one sounds like an interesting accounting of it. Wonder Woman is amongst my favorite heroes.
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, Book 2)
by Jim Butcher
4.4 stars | 747 reviews
I’ve seen the TV series and read (and enjoyed) the first of these…I’d like to get further into the book series.
Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers
by Paul Dickson
4.5 stars | 14 reviews
Another interest of mine: words! Paul Dickson is quite good at this sort of thing.
Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement
by Tea Krulos
4.8 stars | 10 reviews
Yes, this is a real thing. Thee are people who actually wear costumes and fight crime. I’ve seen a documentary about this: fascinating!
Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel
by Jason Padgett, Maureen Ann Seaberg
4.0 stars | 91 reviews
Oh, the human brain! We still don’t understand all that much about how it works. Many people have approached it as thought it were a machine, with different parts performing different functions. It appears that perhaps interactions of multiple features may be crucially important.
Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism (Digital Picture Book)
by Ron Suskind
4.8 stars| 202 reviews
Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize winner whose autistic child communicated through Disney cartoons. I heard an interview: really intriguing!
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History)
by Eric H. Cline
3.9 stars | 350 reviews
I also like more general history…and again, particularly when it illuminates something other than the surface version of what happened.
by Cam Marston
4.0 stars | 1 review
I’ve been blown away by Marston’s observations on what were the four generations in the workplace. We actually had a presentation on it at work: that’s how I first encountered it…and I want more (I have already read a book of Marston’s, bu not this one).
Forry: The Life of Forrest J Ackerman
by Deborah Painter
3.5 stars | 10 reviews
I didn’t know Forry, but was personally helped by the editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland. Geek culture might not exist without Uncle Forry (legendarily the first person to ever cosplay at a convention, for one thing). I’m not convinced this a great book, based on the reviews, but I’d still like to read it.
There you go! I’d love to get any of these from my family!
What about you? What sorts of books are on your Amazon Wish Lists? Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.
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