Ten Wishes for the Book Genie

October 20, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 23


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me.

Imagine it. . .

You’re wandering around a rare-and-used bookshop. You spy a leatherbound book lying on a pile in the recesses of a dusty shelf, the gilt letters on its spine worn and faded to the point of illegibility. Intrigued, you find the shop’s wobbly stepstool, climb up, and pull out the book. It’s covered in dust that further obscures the title. Gently, you wipe the dust away with your sleeve, then smooth the cover with your hand. A cloud arises. . . is it dust, or something more? It coalesces before your eyes into a human form – human, but somewhat transparent. “O wise reader,” the figure intones, “I am the genie of the book. To you I grant ten wishes, and ten only. Think well, and choose carefully!”

“Book of Wonders” by iPraise (via deviantArt)


What would you wish for? Here are my wishes – some large, some small.

1. That Robin’s books get published, and are well-received.

2. That none of my favorite authors will die or be run over by a bus before finishing their series. (Especially Patrick Rothfuss!)

3. That any book I will not enjoy will be instantly erased from all of my TBR lists, so I don’t waste time on it.

4. That our house have a private library big enough for all the books I really love, that is also comfortable, warm, and welcoming.

5. That I never, ever lose the ability to read.

6. That I have an extra 2 hours to read each day – and only to read – but without losing anything else.

7. That any book I want to read (but not keep) will automatically appear in my library’s catalog and on their shelves, so I neither need to buy them nor store them.

8. That I soon find the self-discipline, determination, courage, and skill to write stories and books of my own (and even see them published.)

9. That I get to visit all my favorite fictional worlds “for real” whenever I want – and return safely.

10. And finally, a wish for the whole publishing/reading community: That publishers and readers embrace diversity in books–diverse writers, diverse characters, diverse cultures.


Your turn: What would you wish for?


23 Responses to “Ten Wishes for the Book Genie”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That’s basically what I had in mind – but I hedged it with the qualifier because I don’t want those extra hours to count toward aging or shorten the number of years I get to live. 🙂

  1. Angie@Angela's Anxious Life

    I feel the same about #5. I was recently talking to my grandmother on the phone and she mentioned that she couldn’t read anymore. I suggested that she try an audio book since she does own a CD player. Not sure if she did try it??? If not I might mail her an audio book for Christmas.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I enjoy audiobooks, and if I ever do lose my sight, that’s what I plan to do. Although without sight, it would be pretty hard to operate a lot of the devices that play audiobooks (iTouch, smartphones), not to mention the difficulty of buying the books in the first place. The CD is a good idea – since it’s tactile, you don’t need much in the way of sight to make it work.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That was Robin and my greatest fear when the Harry Potter series was ongoing – that Rowling would get hit by a bus.* And with Rothfuss at four years and counting since the publication of The Wise Man’s Fear… well, I worry.

      *I exaggerate, of course. I went through several really awful periods of clinical anxiety during the Harry Potter run, and none of them had to do with Rowling. But I did worry about it a bit.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I think more reading time was on almost everybody’s TTT this week! Thanks for the good wishes for Robin – I’ll let her know!

  2. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    More reading time without interruption would be great! I missed doing this topic this week, such a good one. You did a great job here.

    Did you ever see the original old Twilight Zone episode where the world ends and the actor Burgess Meredith was the last man left on earth? He was an avid reader so he didn’t care because he was so excited to see the library still standing, and he could read books for the rest of his life.
    spoiler ahead …………….
    Then… he trips or something and his eyeglasses break…lol! Sorry for the spoiler but it’s kind of obscure so you probably weren’t going to watch it if you haven’t by now.
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