Saturday, December 11, 2010

All I Want for Christmas

So I had lunch in a colleague’s classroom the other day and she had posted her “Wish List” for Christmas on her board. A list jokingly (maybe) telling her students she would love, love, love red pens, batteries, Kleenex—you know—essentials for the job.

I read it and re-read it and my mind smiled. Not because she also “requested” a Mr. Potato Head and Bath and Body Works, but because my list for Santa pretty much reflects essentials for my new line of “work” too.

You see, all I want for Christmas this year…

Yep. Books. A whole bleep load of them.

Okay - I would really like for my kids to have a nice Christmas—you know—get everything on their list. Hee. Especially since my eleven-year-old asked for an agent for Mommy (I know - awwwww!)

But some books might be nice. Oh yeah—and a little time to READ THEM.

Here are some on my list to Santa:

1) Hunger Games (yes, I am the only person that hasn’t read the trilogy)

2) Fallout (ugh—STILL haven’t read Ellen Hopkins latest!)

3) Paradise Lost (Epic poem by the fab John Milton? Uh-huh… let’s just call it research)

4) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Must. Finish. The series.)

5) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Some of my kids rave about this one. I just want to know what IS the perk of being a wallflower?)

6) Looking for Alaska (recommended by one of my besties!)

7) Don’t Blink (I’m suffering JP withdrawals)

8) Kiss My Math (I may love to read and write, but I’m still a math nerd)

Gosh. That’s kind of a long list. I sure hope I’ve been a good girl this year.

Oh—and if you have any suggestions to add to the Alison’s Becoming a Permanent Hermit list, feel free to comment. Or send copies my way. Or donate money. That’d be cool.

I could probably check some of these out from the public library, but with my Christmas list I'm endeavoring to support the publishing industry. Considering Borders recently reported a loss of $74.4 million in their last quarter, I figure I'll contribute what I can. (See, Santa! I am a NICE person)

And reading helps me grow as a writer. Plus, I love losing myself in them.

So how 'bout it, folks. Any other recommendations for this book-loving recluse?


  1. I have to start reading paradise Lost as well, but mines for my british lit class.

    Hmmm I have a big list of books I'd recommend but I'm still not possitive about the type of books you like.

  2. You aren't the only one who hasn't read Hunger Games. Sometimes I even lie and say, "Oh sure, I've read that," just cause I feel like I'm the only one who hasn't (glad to know I'm not).

    It's also on my list. But really, I like to support the less known authors instead of the doing-gaggingly-well authors that don't really need my puny $15.00 or however much they get.

    One that is on my list that is a well known is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I wasn't interested until one of my friends said they were so into it, while they were on vacation they weren't doing anything but reading those books. And when they were done with one, they had to find a Wal-Mart to get the next one. So long story short...on my list.

  3. Yikes I haven't read any of those. I wonder if I could send our new camera back and swap it for books err.. tough one.

    West wishes for an agent in your christmas stocking Alison!


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