As we’ve just entered the month of December, Christmas is right around the corner. Therefore, I decided to share seven picks from my list of books on my Christmas wishlist this year.
Don’t get me wrong, I have way more books on my wishlist than what I’ve shared below (and obviously other things besides books, I’m not a nerd [smiling ironically]…). These are just my top picks of the English titles. I don’t really think you would be interested in knowing which Danish books I want. Or if I’m completely wrong and you do, just let me know, and I’ll gladly share it!
But for now, I am going to stick with my seven picks. So let’s get to it:
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The 7 Books on My Christmas Wishlist
1. “Neither Here Nor There” by Bill Bryson
American travel writer Bill Bryson has written a ton of books on his travels around the world. In Australia, I read Down Under about his travels in the country, and it was both extremely entertaining and very inspiring. Bryson has a very light-hearted and humorous style of writing, and he very vividly describes his experiences while on the road.
Neither Here Nor There is his second travel book in which Bryson travels through Europe. If this book is just a tiny bit as good as Down Under, I believe I will find plenty of inspiration for the next summer vacation in Europe.
In addition to Neither Here Nor There, I have also put his first travel book on my Christmas wishlist. It’s called The Lost Continent and describes Bryson’s travels in small-town America. Most certainly also a great read.
2. “The Shadow Rising” by Robert Jordan
The Shadow Rising is the fourth installment of Robert Jordan’s long epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time spanning fourteen novels (plus one prequel). At the time of writing, I am finishing up the third, so the timing couldn’t be better, with Christmas around the corner.
The first three novels in the series are all extremely good, they have their separate storyline but are still very much part of the overall plot. What’s especially fascinating is the world-building done by Jordan. It’s very clear that Jordan has taken inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien, so if Lord of the Rings is up your alley, then I’m sure this series will also be.
The first book in the series is called The Eye of the World.
UPDATE 12/12/19: You can now read my review of The Eye of the World here.
3. “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas
I really don’t know much about The Count of Monte Cristo, except it’s written by the same author who also wrote The Three Musketeers. So I presume it must be an adventurous read.
Why did I choose it? First of all, it’s on the BBC Big Read, and as you might know, I have a reading challenge to finish. Secondly, it was a favourite book of one of the guests on the bookish podcast What Should I Read Next? by Modern Mrs. Darcy.
Also, who can resist the cover of those Penguin Clothbound Classics?
4. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
Also on the BBC Big Read, Brave New World is another book, I hope to get. This is also pretty unknown to me.
Apparently, it’s a dystopian novel set in a futuristic world with genetically modified inhabitants. It sounds a bit like Blade Runner, and although I found that movie boring, I really like the premise and the theme. So I am actually pretty excited to read this one, if I do get it! If not, I’ll have to buy it myself.
5. “Oathbringer” by Brandon Sanderson
This is also a sequel in a fantasy series, more specifically the third book of The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson.
For the time being, this series is probably my favourite. The world, Sanderson has built, is (like The Wheel of Time) extremely well done, and he manages to create a strong emotional bond between his characters and the reader in an outstanding manner. You root for the good guys and really hate the bad ones. All characters have very relatable motivating forces, which in my opinion, makes this series stand out from other fantasy series.
As mentioned, Oathbringer is the third novel in the planned ten book series. The fourth is scheduled to be released by Christmas next year, so hopefully that one can go on my wishlist in 2020.
6. “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell
Another recommendation by Modern Mrs. Darcy’s podcast, and also rather unknown to me. But it sounds pretty crazy and weird, and hey, who doesn’t like that? The story follows different characters in different times of history (past, present and future). And they are all seemingly connected.
As far as I know, the book mixes genres of science-fiction, fantasy and mystery, and it’s won several awards, and has been shortlisted for even more. So I’m definitely ready to give it a go!
7. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey
This is actually the only non-fiction book on my wishlist. It usually contains a lot more, but I currently have a decent pile of non-fiction books I need to go through.
The book is a self-help business books presenting methods and approaches to being (you guessed it!) more effective in reaching your goals.
It’s a book I’ve seen on the shelves of many households and bookshops, and with it being on Tai Lopez’ recommended book list, this is the perfect time for me to read it.
What books are on your Christmas wishlist this year? Are there any, you think I should put on mine? Share your thoughts below in the comments section or send me a private message on firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t like “going public”.
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