Books I Wish for this Christmas

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about our most anticipated 2014 releases, but I decided to jump a few weeks ahead and do the 24 December topic: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me. Reasons being a) I’m not too phased about anticipating new releases because it takes a while to reach South Africa, usually and b) my family will be wanting to buy my Christmas presents before Christmas Eve… hint-hint, nudge-nudge, bash-bash.


1. PostSecret Books by Frank Warren – any of the books except for Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives and My Secret, as I already have these. They always make my list. I love these books immeasurably.

2. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – I just finished reading We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, and this is another Booker nominee I would love to read and own. I like reading books set in different countries, in case that’s not glaringly obvious.

3. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein – I read Code Name Verity this year (bought it at a massive discount) and it did not disappoint. I would love to read Rose Under Fire too.

4. Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith – please please please I neeeeed this one. For my 25 Before 25 project. 

5. Tell  the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – fiction about HIV in the 1980s? You know I need this book.

6. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison – because. It sounds awesome.

7. The Infographic History of the World by Valentina D’Efilippo – this is one awesome hardcover book that would keep me occupied for ages.

An example of a page from The Infographic History of the World

8. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro – because I haven’t read her and one should read a Nobel Prize winner sometimes, no?

9. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: Newt Scamander by J.K. Rowling – I didn’t even know this book existed. Potter!

10. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – the premise sounds great. Plus, I’ve never read a book in Greek Chorus.

So, those are some of the books I’m yearning for. But frankly, any book on my TBR list will be received with open arms (unless I already own it, hehe.)


  1. Tell the Wolves I’m Home is soooooooooo good! I also loved Ozeki’s My Year of Meats- I need to read more of her.

    1. I think maybe I heard about the book from you first, actually 🙂

  2. KokkieH says:

    About the Harry Potter one, it is a thin little book that Rowling wrote for Red Nose Day or Children in Need or some other charity. When I bought mine it was bundled with The History of Quidditch in a little plastic baggie that looks like a school bag. I’ve not seen either of them sold individually. Just so you know what to look out for (your best bet will probably be online). As I recall it was quite cheap. You know there’s a Tales of Beedle the Bard as well?

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I have Tales of Beedle the Bard and cherish it. I think I might have to head online as you suggest. Haven’t seen the other two anywhere yet.

  3. Great list! I’ve been curious about Ozeki’s Tale for the Time Being since it was first released last year; am hoping to check it out at some point…soon, lol.

    1. You sound like you have too many books you need to check out soon, just like me 😛

  4. readerbuzz says:

    I knew you’d have some great titles. Had to stop by so that I could add to my wishlist!

    Here’s My List of Re-reads for 2014.

    1. That’s too sweet, thank you!

  5. TrishaDM says:

    The Infographic History of the World looks AMAZING! I may add it to my Christmas wish list too.

    1. I think it may be the one I want most of all. Absolutely stunning.

  6. I love that you included a Canadian title (Alice Munro)! I should do this too…although narrowing it down to ten seems impossible.

    1. Thanks! I like Canadian authors – like Margaret Atwood – but have never read Munro.
      Narrowing it down to ten WAS near impossible. Heh.

  7. Hello Barefoot Medical Student: I LOVE your blog! In tomorrow’s post, I would like to include a link to your earlier post on treating HIV/AIDS in a SA hospital – can you pls help me to locate it? I thoroughly enjoyed it and my community will too. I’m posting a story on Mandela. Thanks,

    1. Hi! Thanks for your kind words. Sorry for the late response – I have been out of town. I’m not sure which post you are referring to, but all my posts tagged HIV/AIDS can be located here:

      I wrote about SA public hospitals in general here – I referred a little to HIV in it, so I’m not sure if that may be it:

      If you still can’t find me, let me know any further details of the post and I’ll see if I can remember which one it may have been.

      1. Thanks so much! I’ll check your link and add it as a comment to my second Mandela post that’s about to go live. Keep up your stories…:)

  8. nisha360 says:

    #6 is now on my reading list I want to read To Kill A Mockingbird before I start any other book.

    1. Definitely read To Kill A Mockingbird first. It’s a must for everyone!

  9. I also have ‘A Tale for the Time Being’ on my Christmas List! And I’ve never had a Wreck This Journal, but my friend has one and she loves doing all of the random stuff to it!

    1. Would you believe it, I just got A Tale for the Time Being as a Christmas present, and I am so excited!!! I think I’ll buy Wreck This Journal as a gift to myself, tee-hee.

  10. Oh, I would love ‘Wreck This Journal!’ I forgot about that one!

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