Do you ever think about what books you hope to not receive as present – some kind of anti-wishlist? Those books that are not really your cup of tea, that might wait on the shelf for an indefinite period of time?

This is meant to be a funny post, and the types of books I mention are my least preferred options for reading. However, there is a chance that I might read them IF someone very trustworthy recommends them πŸ™‚

Graphic novels

When I think about a novel, I think about hundreds of pages filled with words that I want to devour! So graphic novels are not exactly what I wish to read when I’m in the mood for reading.

How to do X in 10 easy steps

These book titles are so click-baity … If there’s something easy, then you don’t need to read a book about it. If there’s something difficult, then it might take more than 10 easy steps to do it.

YA romance

Maybe I would have read this 15 years ago (yes, I did read the first book of Twilight around that time). But for this period of my life, it’s a no-no! Not the timing, not the interest, not the joy of reading about it.

Horror stories

First of all, horror stories are not aligned with the happy Christmassy period. Secondly, I do not wish to read stories that will frighten me … especially during winter, when the dark period is so long.

A book about pandemic times

It is certainly enough that we live through a pandemic, I really do not wish to read about one, as well. Most of the times I read to immerse myself in stories that bring me joy and novelty, so a book about pandemic times is not something I would start reading.

What are your least preferred types of books, the ones that you hope are not on Santa’s buying list?

‘Till next time … happy reading! πŸŽ…


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14 thoughts on “Books I hope Santa does NOT bring this year

    1. I feel the same, it does not help me at all to read about pandemic-related books. I’ve heard so much about Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, for example, but I will probably read it after the pandemic is over.

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    1. I was watching a video from Ariel Bissett the other day, and she was saying that reading about the pandemic helped her understand better what was happening … I guess it works for some people, it would only increase my anxiety.


      1. Yes, I feel the same as you. I think I get enough worry and understanding from daily news watching and reading. I want to keep using reading as an escape going forward!

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    1. Ah, I definitely understand! Picking random books is such a no-no! When offering books as presents I pick books that I read (so that I know what I’m offering as present) but I also keep in mind what the other person likes to read.

      Fortunately, in the recent years I’ve been quite lucky with the books I received – some of them turned out all time favourites! πŸ™‚ Sometimes close friends / family ask me what books I’d like to read, so that they can buy something I will most probably enjoy reading πŸ˜€


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