It’s that time of year again, and I’m trying not to put my generic staples into my list this time. Which means pajamas and shorts and socks are welcome, but you already know that about me – you don’t need a list to help you think of that.
And so, here it is — my much-awaited, mildly-belated list.
A List Of Things I’d Like To Have.
- A grown up nice hoodie that is comfy but makes me look rich. Maybe light grey. Maybe not.
- A giant windchime that makes very mellow sounds, kinda like the sounds the windchimes make at manori. Or in Auroville.
- Glasses, if I go to an ophthalmologist soon, and get glasses prescribed. I will come with you to select this, though.
Fund hair stuff. Some combination of haircut, some treatment. Maybe some color? Who can tell what the next decade will bring. *shrugs*
- Jeans. Though I hate jeans, and this is more a necessity than a want.
- Not-jeans. Because I hate jeans. I want to not have to wear them at all.
- That magic hair bun making strip thingy we keep seeing in instagram ads. Neha or Deepali should know about it. But only if it’s not a scammy product.
- Kindle voucher.
- Shein voucher.
- Plushie materials. I wanna start trying to learn, and I want nice, high-quality plushy stuff for it. You’ll need to research this, though.
- A nice backpack for my laptop. I like the MI one, for instance: https://store.mi.com/in/item/3181200028. Not sure my 15 inch macbook pro fits inside though, so figure.
- A cash contribution to my laptop fund.
- Anything from my Book Collection Rebuilding Project List. Which brings us to…
The Book Collection Rebuilding Project List.
First, bit about this whole thing. When I was a kid, we had a trunk full of books. The collection depleted over time. My sister got married and took a part of it when she moved out. I discarded some of it because of space constraints. Then there are books I lent out and never got back, and some that I lost along the way. Also, in the past few years, I joined a library, got a Kobo, and then a Kindle. Which means I kinda stopped buying books for a while. But I plan to get back to it, soon.
Some of the books on this list are from my to-read list. Some I’ve read before, but don’t currently own. They are my top tier of favourite books, though. And I’d like to have my own copies at some point.
Also, please note that I love used and secondhand books. Especially copies with notations or inscriptions in them. So those would be lovely too.
1. The white Billy bookcase from Ikea, if you somehow have a way of getting it from Hyderabad. Just the base one, 6 x 2ft or whatever. But only if C figures a space for it.
2. Books I’ve already read and loved —
- We need to talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver
- Miss New York Has Everything – Lori Jakeila
- Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
- The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan
- The Good Luck of Right Now – Matthew Quick
- Wonder – R. J. Palacio
- And the ass saw the angel – Nick Cave. This was a gift, and someone took it and hasn’t returned it. If it’s you, please give it back. If not, I’d like another copy.
- A bunch of Judy Blumes (please include starring Sally J. Freedman)
3. Books from my To Read Shelf —
- Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe – Lori Jakiela
- Stickboy – Shane Koyczan
- The Humans – Matt Haig
- The Mammoth Cheese – Sheri Holman
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E.L. Konigsburg
- Lost & Found – Brooke Davis
- Happenstance: Two Novels in One About a Marriage in Transition – Carol Shields
- The Sea of Tranquility – Katja Millay
- Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff, Ernest H. Shepard (illustrator)
- The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh
- Anything by Margaret Atwood that I haven’t already read. Check Goodreads.
- A good graphic novel. Anything with good art recommended strongly by someone who reads a lot of graphic novels, or recommended on Goodreads.