Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Getting for My Birthday

This week, I’m celebrating a birthday! I thought it would be fun to end the week with a wishlist of books that I would love to have gotten for my birthday. No, friends and family, I do not expect you to go out and buy these for me. This is instead a fun way of compiling all of those books I’ve been eyeing into a list. Hopefully, I’ll get my hands on them somehow soon, either through the library, swapping for them online, or buying them.

Here are the ten books I wouldn’t mind getting for my birthday.

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight (2013) by M.E. Thomas

confessions of a sociopath

This is about exactly what it sounds like.  A sociopath whose written how she has navigated her life.  I’m intrigued.

Deadline Artists: The Greatest Newspaper Columns (2011) by John Avlon

deadline artists

I don’t know a lot about the newspaper business, but I can see how those who write on a deadline are artists and have immense talents.  I would love to get to know them better through this compilation of the best newspaper columns.

Homeward Bound: The New Cult of Domesticity (2013) by Emily Matchar

homeward bound domesticity

I have focused a lot of my Ph.D. research on domesticity and the workplace of the home.  In my culture and politics of motherhood class, we read a column that Matchar wrote about Mormon mommy bloggers.  I’m intrigued by her perspective on such issues.

The Magic Mountain (1924) by Thomas Mann

the magic mountain

I haven’t read much German literature, and this one sounds interesting.  It’s a classic, right?

My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City (2013) by New York Magazine

my first new york

I’ve become a little obsessed with New York City since visiting there in February to be on The Katie [Couric] Show.  I really want to go back and explore the city more.  This book would give me a way to do that without leaving the comfort of my couch.

A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power (2014) by Jimmy Carter

a call to action jimmy carter

This seems like a must-read, especially for me since I’m interested in feminism and my research focuses on women from a feminist perspective.

The One & Only (2014) by Emily Giffin

the one and only giffin

Here’s a secret: I love chick lit.  I don’t post about it often, and I don’t often have a chance to read it anymore, but I do enjoy a good silly read in this category.  I wrote about my affinity for Sophie Kinsella‘s Shopaholic books here.  I like Giffin’s books too.

Mommy Man: How I Went from Mild-Mannered Geek to Gay Superdad (2014) by Jerry Mahoney

mommy man

I follow Jerry’s blog, here on WordPress, and he’s hilarious.  He’s also a great dad.  I look forward to reading his book.

The Last Kind Words Saloon (2014) by Larry McMurtry

the last kind words saloon

I heard about this book on NPR a few Saturdays ago.  I loved Lonesome Dove, which I wrote about here.  In the NPR interview, McMurtry said he didn’t think Lonesome Dove was his masterpiece.  This book, The Last Kind Words Saloon, is about Wyatt Earp not being quite the legendary sheriff we all think he was.

The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987) by Tom Wolfe

the bonfire of the vanities

I read an essay by Wolfe in an American Literature class during my master’s degree program that intrigued me.  I’ve been wanting to read Wolfe’s books ever since.  This one is at the top of my list out of his books.

Now, pretend it’s your birthday, too. Go post your own wish list of books on your blog, then leave a link to it in my comments section. That way, we can all learn about the awesome books on everybody’s lists.