Last week I shared some ideas for holiday gifts, but we all know what the best gifts really are, right? Books, books and more books! I’ve got a big Amazon list of books I want, and around this time of year (and in March!) I divvy the list up into separate lists for family members so that I don’t get the same book twice. It’s happened!
As I put this list together I realized the titles might seem a little random but they’re reflective of my interests which are kind of all over the place.
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What it Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt. This book was recommended by Malcolm Gladwell in that episode of Revisionist History that I mentioned here. It sounds fascinating, along the lines of Predictably Irrational by Dan Airely.
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Been wanting this forever ever. It’s like a behind the scenes look at the Little House series which was pretty cleaned up to be suitable as children’s books. No idea why I haven’t just bought it yet but maybe this will be the year!
How the Post Office Created America: A History by Winifred Gallagher. Did you know that the U.S. Postal Service was established before the Declaration of Independence was even signed? It’s what shaped our development as a country in almost every way from the very beginning. Since I love anything to do with U.S. history, this one is right up my alley.
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington. If there was a professional napper’s club, I would be in it. Arianna Huffington is a godsend for starting up the conversation about how important sleep (and naps!) are.
Walk Through Walls: A Memoir by Marina Abramovic. I’ve been fascinated with Marina Abramovic ever since I watched her documentary The Artist is Present for a class last year. She has put herself out there for the sake of her art for so many decades now that it’s hard not to feel like you already know her, so I’m intrigued to learn a little more through her book.
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles, to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt. Again with the U.S. history! This one tells the stories of the many women who worked for NASA during the 1940s and 1950s and “helped make the exploration of the solar system possible”.
What books are you hoping to get or planning to give this season? This is just a very small sample of what’s on my list. I’m picky about which books I want in paperback and which I want in hardback, so I always have to accept that when I give someone a list of books I want, it’s out of my hands which they’ll decide to get. Not a huge deal but you know, it could throw off the flow of my bookshelf 😉