5 Books on my After-Christmas List

Buying books for friends during the holiday season is tough because what usually happens is I wander around Barnes & Noble or Amazon for an hour finding things I’d like for myself. So what I tend to do is make a little wish list of books that have caught my eye and will purchase after the holiday craziness is done. Here are 5 that are on my list. But, just in case, Santa baby, if you’re reading, I’ve been a very good girl this year. :)

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. Grammar Girl (aka Mignon Fogarty) often relies on mnemonics, if you’re having a little trouble remembering a certain rule, and her tips, unlike those of other grammar books, come across as real world and helpful.

Project: Happily Ever After: Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters. Alisa Bowman, whom I interviewed this week on this blog, offers a personal account of how she saved her marriage and how you can too. My marriage is just fine (or is it?), but I’m a sucker for good, honest and humorous writing.

Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen. How can I pass up the most talked about book of the year, a “tour de force” as reviewed by Oprah?

Dear Money. The author is one of my graduate school professors, the wonderful Martha McPhee, and her novel is about a writer turned bond trader and has garnered terrific reviews. The least I could do is read her stuff after she has devoted so much time reading mine, right?

Palo Alto: Stories. Hey, it’s James Franco. ‘Nuff said.


One thought on “5 Books on my After-Christmas List

  1. My TBR pile just keeps growing but the time to catch up on reading them doesn’t. I love buying and receiving books as gifts, but knowing what others have read makes my shopping hazardous. A bookstore gift certificate seems impersonal, and yet I know how much I’d adore one, so I’m hoping the readers on my shopping list will, too.

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