I’ll admit it: I’ve already purchased most of the books on my wishlist during the mad rush of Black Friday sales. Still, there are a few I’m crossing my fingers are in some of the boxes currently under my tree.
Paper Girls: Book One by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher
Here’s a weird fact about me: I adore graphic novels and manga, but I feel weird buying them for myself because they’re twice as expensive (at least) as other books I buy and take me less than half the time to read. So, if you’re ever looking for a gift to give me, have a look at my graphic novel wishlist. I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time, but I have mixed emotions about Brian K. Vaughan. He’s such a popular writer, but I wasn’t a fan of Y: The Last Man and I read the first volume of Saga but was underwhelmed. I do plan on continuing that series eventually, but I want to give him another shot with a different series. I don’t know much about this, but 80s mystery delivery girl gang. I’m here for it.
Blackbird, vol. 1 by Sam Humphries, Jen Bartel, and Triona Farrell
I know even less about this series than I do about Paper Girls, and I only heard of it about a month ago when wandering through my local Barnes & Noble, but the cover immediately drew me in and what I know of this story sounds amazing. It follows a Latinx main character and it’s magical realism. And based on the cover I’m going to be obsessed with the illustrations. I feel even worse about buying graphic novels for myself when I know so little about them, but I’m fascinated.
Goodnight Punpun Omnibus, vol. 1 by Inio Asano
This has been on my wish list for so long. I flip through it every time I go to the bookstore. It’s adorable and it looks so touching but I’ve heard it’s going to make me cry and I need it in my life. It has mature themes so it’s definitely not for everyone, but I’ve heard this hailed as the best manga out there. Literally the only reason I don’t own it yet is because it’s so expensive. I can justify buying graphic novels to some extent (I still barely do it) because of the glossy pages, the large books, and the stunning colors, but manga are almost always in black and white, the paper is flimsy, and it just hurts my heart to spend that kind of money on it. But I want it so bad.
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, vol. 1 by Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki
Again, literal years. This has been on my wish list for literal years. I first saw this when perusing a comic book store in Chapel Hill before I even moved to North Carolina and was so intrigued. As I’m starting to go into studying mortuary sciences this has risen even higher on my TBR. The same reason I don’t own it is the price, and the fact that there are several books in the series, all equally expensive, and I know once I start I’m going to want to read the entire series. I don’t know much about it because almost every time I see it in a bookstore it’s in cellophane so I can’t flip through it, but the story sounds perfect for me.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
Hard left turn here. Ever since Georgia Hardstark mentioned this book when covering the case in episode 190 of My Favorite Murder I’ve been wanting to pick up this book. I love true crime and this period in American history is fascinatingly horrific. When purchasing books for myself, unless there’s a massive sale I almost exclusively stick to novels that are in a genre I know I enjoy, so nonfiction books like this I’m usually a little more leary of. I know I’m interested in the case, but I don’t know if I’m “read an entire book about it” interested, y’know? So let someone else get it for me.
Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson
This is a book that has only recently joined my wishlist, so it probably won’t be under my tree, but I think it will be fascinating. I first heard of it when scrolling through study photos on Instagram getting pumped about going back to school and someone (I don’t remember who, unfortunately) posted a photo studying in a cafe with a friend and this was on the table. I was like what is that and I instantly looked it up. This is almost all of my interests compiled into one book and I need it.
90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality by Allison Yarrow
As a Women’s and Gender Studies major, I love snarky feminist books that are less on the academic side and more on the pop culture/general audience side. I also adore feminism books with curse words in the title. Don’t know why, but that’s a very particular interest of mine. As a 90s kid myself, a feminist analysis of the 90s, as well as the hopes and disappointments of the decade, this book sounds like everything I could ask for.
The Goddess Revolution: Make Peace with Food, Love Your Body and Reclaim Your Life by Mel Wells
I first heard of this book when I saw an interview with the author on a blog when it first came out and it’s been sitting on my wishlist ever since. I’m obsessed with the cover, and while I’m not typically a self-help book reader, this concept seems great. I wrote my thesis on the intersection of feminism and neopagan spiritualities, and this seems like it will be in that niche, plus self-help. I don’t know much about it, but it seems like the type of thing that will appeal to my interests.
Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurers, and Magical Rebels by Katie West and Jasmine Elliot
Using The Goddess Revolution as a segway from feminist books to witchy books, this is a little more heavily on the witchy side. This book is almost exactly what I wrote my thesis on and I really wish I had heard of it while I was in the midst of writing it. I read Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive by Kristen J. Sollee for my thesis and I absolutely adored it, and this seems like it’s going to have very similar vibes. I need it.
Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic From Appalachia by Jake Richards
Another witchy book, but 100% witchraft, 0% feminism. This book was recommended to me by a local pagan and is exactly what I’ve been looking for ever since I moved to North Carolina. It’s all about magical traditions of this region as well as local folklore, traditional rituals, and ways to use local materials in personal practice. I have a lot of reference witchy books, but none of them are location-centric, so I’m very interested in this one as a more focused reference.
Well, those are the ten books I’m hoping to find under my tree tomorrow. I’d love to know what books you all are excited about, as well as which ones you end up receiving. It’s always interesting to see the difference between the books we buy for ourselves and the books we ask for as gifts. Until next time, friends.