Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Solstice Bookish Wishes

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Painting of a young, blond, white woman who is standing outside in a snowstorm and looking at a fir tree whose branches are heavily coated in snow. She is wearing a red dress with white cuffs on it and a white cloak with a yellow, possibly fur trim. She is also holding a lantern that’s about the size of an infant. The lantern is glowing steadily in the dark winter scene, illuminating her, the tree, and the snow. Happy (almost) Winter Solstice to everyone who will be celebrating it in a few days! I’m eagerly anticipating the changing of the seasons and the few extra minutes of daylight we’ll soon have each day here in Canada.

Here are my Winter Solstice bookish wishes.

1. More Audiobooks at the Library 

A few years ago, some Top Ten Tuesday bloggers encouraged me to give audiobooks a try during an audiobook prompt. I listened to you and have since learned to love having this option while doing chores or getting cardiovascular exercise on a brisk walk!

My local library has a pretty decent selection of audiobooks, but I’d love to see them offer even more of them than they currently do. For example, I’d love to listen to audiobooks of Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series this winter or even just listen to more fiction in general. Nonfiction is better represented at my library than fiction is from what I’ve seen.

2. Quiet Reading Time 

My spouse prefers watching YouTube videos to reading books and we live in a small apartment, so sometimes I wish for more quiet time to read.

3. An Abundance of Novellas

I’ve really been on a novella kick lately and wish there were more books of this length being published, especially in the speculative fiction genres. It’s refreshing to have something longer than a short story to dive into that doesn’t require my attention for 200+ pages. Some storylines don’t need that much space to shine.

4. Dairy-Free Chocolate

I like to save it for emotional scenes, whether it’s a tense moment in a horror novel or a sentimental chapter in a piece of mainstream fiction. There’s something about chocolate that makes those passages even more memorable.

5. Living Happily Ever After

This is something I’ve mentioned here before, but since 2020 I have felt stronger and stronger urges to read stories that end happily. Occasionally, I will actually look up reviews of certain books or skip ahead to the last few pages to see if the good guys won and if everything is peaceful in the end. While I’m still willing to read some stories that don’t fit that pattern, I’m limiting them much more than I used to and am quicker to DNF them if they become too sad.

6. Endings in General

Maybe I should explain this one a little better. I’m a writer, and I’ve been having trouble coming up with endings for my stories. Beginnings are easy, middle sections aren’t too bad, but endings can be tricky. Here’s hoping I get a flash of inspiration in 2024.


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62 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Solstice Bookish Wishes

  1. Very interesting that your library has more NF audiobooks than fictional. My library’s reading subset of patrons is older and dependent on large-print and audiobooks, so ours is 100% nonfiction.

  2. I love audiobooks, but my library tends to have very specific genres too, so I use Everand and (occasionally) Audible instead. I’d love more variety “locally”.

  3. All of these sound like great wants this season. I hope you get them all.

  4. Fantastic set of wishes! I love getting audiobooks from my library, and while they usually have a good selection, there are definitely some older books that don’t seem to be available. I’ve become more of a seeker of happy endings in books too. Real life (especially the news) has enough stress and sadness — I need my fiction to provide joy.

  5. I love your wishes and I can relate! I’m pretty happy with the audiobook selection at my library, but for some reason they don’t have Project Hail Mary. Why?! It seems to be one of the popular ones so I don’t know why they wouldn’t purchase the license. I hope all your bookish wishes come true this Solstice!

  6. Happy endings are the best! Sometimes a story is that good that we can forgive it a not-so-happy conclusion, but overall, I’ve always been a reader (or moviegoer) who prefers smiles over tears in the end. 🙂 Hope all of these wishes come true in your reading life for 2024. Thanks a bunch for visiting my website today, too!

  7. These are some great bookish wishes! I do love that there are more speculative fiction novellas than there used to be, but I also hope for many more to come! Happy holidays!

    Here’s my TTT this week.

  8. Oh man, #2 can be a nightmare in a small apartment. We’re alright now, but in our last place… aaaah. I hope that wish comes true for you (and all your others, of course!).

  9. Hot cocoa, chocolate bars and books are the perfect mix in winter, so cozy

  10. Jen

    I finally got into audiobooks this year and I’ve been having so much fun listening to them! And ohhhh maybe headphones will be a future present for your spouse? Then he can listen to his videos and you can read your books ♥.

  11. I really liked the Jean Auel books years ago. I always want a HEA or a happy for now ending to a book. Happy winter solstice, we are just about to hit summer solstice here in NZ.

  12. Here’s hoping all your winter solstice wishes come true! 😀

  13. These are great wishes, I hope they will all come true for you! I can relate to #2 and #5 for sure 🙂

  14. I definitely relate to #2! I cannot wait for football season to be over so I can have some peace in my house again!

    I would love to have some recommendations for your favorite novellas! Have you read any recently that have stuck out to you?

    • Most of the novellas I’ve read are in the horror and speculative fiction genres, but I do visit other genres, too. Here are a few I really liked:

      “Small Things Like These” by Claire Keegan

      “Waswanipi” by Jean-Yves Soucy

      “A Psalm for the Wild-Built” by Becky Chambers

      “Foster” by Claire Keegan

      “A Prayer for the Crown-Shy” by Becky Chambers

      “Don’t Let Them Bury My Story: The Oldest Living Survivor of the Tulsa Rase Massacre in Her Own Words” by Viola Ford Fletcher

      “Bloom” by Delilah S. Dawson

  15. This is a great list. I am with you on non-dairy chocolate and more quiet reading time. Merry Christmas!

  16. I hope you get everything you wish for!

  17. More quiet time to read is ALWAYS appreciated. More audio books is a nice wish as well. I’ve only just gotten into audio books and my local library has a fairly decent selection, but not many copies, so there’s almost always a wait, even for older titles.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  18. I’d love to listen to or read Auel’s books too. I love the premise.

    I like that image as well. 🙂

    And good luck to the writing!

  19. Fantastic list. I’d also love more audiobook selections from my library, and books in general. Also having quiet reading time. Hopefully, those endings can come easier.

  20. More quiet time is ALWAYS appreciated I feel like! My kids enjoy watching youtube videos and playing video games and I’ve gotten pretty good at tuning it out but the times when I get true peace and quiet are very valued.

  21. Happy winter solstice! I hope you get more of that quiet reading time. I often feel like novellas are too short but I haven’t read too many of them. Have you read Claire Keegan? Foster is fantastic.

  22. I’m so glad you are enjoying audios! The e-audios make it so easy, don’t they? I hope you enjoy your winter’s reading.

  23. Novellas are my jam. There’s nothing better than a good concise novella!!
    Happy Holidays!
    My TTT 🙂

  24. Great list. We have a good audiobook selection, but I prefer Audible these days since I can listen in the car easily. I am with you on happy endings. Good luck finding your endings. It is tough to wrap things up strongly.

  25. I have the same problem with getting audiobooks from the library. I’m bad about pre-requesting them and getting in “line,” so I have trouble finding ones I really want to listen to when I need them. More variety and more copies would be super helpful. I hope the library gods make that one happen for you!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  26. Happy Solstice, Lydia! My library has a huge selection of audiobooks available through their online library, while there aren’t as many in the actual library itself. If your husband watches YouTube and you’d rather have quiet, maybe investing in a pair of headphones for him might be a good gift for both of you! And I completely understand changing tastes – I’ve moved away from YA lately, so you wanting happy endings doesn’t sound unusual to me at all. I hope you have a nice relaxing winter solstice, and have all your wishes come true.

  27. Happy Solstice! More audiobooks at the library would be lovely. I can’t afford audiobooks, and my library tends to have massive waitlists.

  28. This is a creative wishlist! Hope you get them fulfilled.

  29. Living Happily Ever After is the only way to live!

    Merry Christmas

  30. I have trouble with endings, too. My characters are quite disobedient and go off the rails. Not sure what to do about that…

    Happy New Year!

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