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!”
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?