Top Ten Tuesday: Dear Book Genie

Top10TuesdayThe Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me. YOU DREAM IT AND THE BOOKISH GENIE CAN DO IT.

There’s always the stereotypical wish: a million dollars. The only problem is that inflation has rendered that amount trivial. Okay, then, how about a billion dollars? Or is that too mercenary?

Yeah, you’re probably right. Back to some bookish wishes.

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>>> Thirty more years of life for Jane Austen.  I figure that should have given us an additional ten or twenty books. Drool.

For starters, I’d like to know how she would’ve turned Sanditon into a great book. The fragment she left us is far from encouraging, IMHO, but I have faith she would’ve managed it.

>>> More books from my favorite romance author (and fellow University of Chicago alum) Kathleen Gilles Seidel. She’s still alive but doesn’t seem to be writing.

Although relatively unknown outside the romance genre, Seidel’s complex plots and deep understanding of the human mind makes her worthy to be read by anyone interested in people, regardless of genre. Her award-winning novel Again is a great place to start.

>>> Extra Literary Perception, so I could KNOW ahead of time whether I’ll enjoy a book.

I have far too many books I haven’t read and never will.

>>> And its extension, Emotional Extra Literary Perception.

This would enable me to lay my hand on a book’s cover (it doesn’t work on e-books — sorry!) and feel all over again the emotions a beloved book roused, without having to reread the entire book. Sorry, EELP works only on books you’ve already read.

>>> And finally, being mercenary again (can’t help myself, folks; sorry again!). One of my novels (any one of them, take your pick) on the New York Times bestseller list.

The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station, perhaps my most accessible tale, would be a good place to start. Hey, a guy can dream!

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Be sure to check out the top wishes of other hopeful readers.



  1. The thirty more years of Jane Austen, for sure. Although some of the recurrent themes in her books suggest that her health was a big issue in her life even well before she noticeably fell ill.

  2. If you mean the women who constantly fret about their health, didn’t that appear in books she started when she was very young? I’m thinking of Mrs. Bennett in particular.

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