Happy Friday, friends! And happy December! It’s almost Christmas (and finals, but we’re ignoring that), so today I thought I’d talk about some of the books on my Christmas wishlist.
Before we get into it, I wanted to say that I’m very blessed and fortunate that I’m able to ask for and receive many books every year. I realize that this year has been difficult for everyone, and this post isn’t meant to come across as entitled or anything so hopefully it doesn’t.
Also, I just wanted to remind everyone to, this year especially, consider supporting your local independent bookstores! I specifically asked my dad to order as many books as he could from my favourite independent store, and I’ve bought most of my books from there as well when I could, and I encourage everyone to do the same where you’re able!
Anyway, let’s get into the books!
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: this book has been on my TBR and my top TBR for ages now, and I just feel like I need to get a physical copy so I can read it. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book (including on TikTok), so I have high hopes!
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki: I always try to ask for at least one graphic novel every year, and it’s this one this year. I’ve heard really good things, the art looks stunning, it’s gay, and the author/artist is Canadian! What more could I ask for.
The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels: I’m going to be totally honest: this is mainly for the cover. I’m obsessed with it. It’s so pretty, and I need it in my life. Also, Sickels is trans and I want to read and support more trans authors.
The Paris Hours by Alex George: this book sounds very me in a lot of ways. I actually had it out from the library and never got around to reading it, and I figured that, given the cover is stunning, I might as well ask for it for Christmas. This is my obligatory book by a straight white man.
Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour: again, this cover is simply stunning. I also read LaCour’s other book earlier this year, We Are Okay, and this one is apparently a follow-up to that one. It also sounds like such a me book: queers on an isolated farm. Sign me up.
The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao: this book has been on my TBR for ages and it sounds AMAZING. My library doesn’t have a copy, I love the cover, and I am obsessed with the premise, so it ticks all the boxes for a book I want to own.
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi: I loved Yaa Gyasi’s debut, Homegoing, and this one sounds equally fantastic. And the cover is pink!!!!! which I’ve recently adopted as my one personality trait. So I obviously needed to buy it.
A Two-Spirit Journey by Ma-Nee Chacaby: this is a memoir about an Indigenous lesbian, and I have been wanting to read it for ages, but my library doesn’t have a copy and it’s never in stores when I go. So I decided to ask for it.
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado: I’ve heard so many good things about this memoir, and again, my library doesn’t have a copy. I’ve also heard that it’s kind of choose-your-own-adventure-like, so I feel like it would really work in physical form.
Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard: I really want to read this but AGAIN, my library doesn’t have it. And it seems like the type of book I would want to reread, so here it is.
So those are the books I put on my Christmas wishlist! Are there any books you’re hoping for for Christmas? Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Let me know!