Books on my Wishlist This Holiday Season

Get ready for a backdoor brag: I’m kind of hard to buy books for because I read so much.

Seriously: I’m a reader. It means I’ve tried almost everything. Twice. So I know what I like and what I don’t like. There’s also a good chance that if I want to read a book, I already have. And there’s an even better chance that I already own it even if I haven’t read it yet—because we all know that buying books, collecting books, and reading books are different skillsets, am I right?

That said, here are five books that are on my wishlist this year, and if you’re a picky reader like me—or just looking for something new—maybe you’ll be into them, too.

Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster. You can find her short works at Oxford American, Narratively, Mental Floss, and FANGORIA, among other publications. She co-hosts Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that analyzes your favorite horror movies from the perspectives of women of color. Follow Mary Kay McBrayer on Instagram and Twitter, or check out her author site here.