My kids are always lecturing me on the difference between wants and needs. So I think I'm pretty clear, and muse on the concept often when I am perusing book recommendations from my bloggy friends, or, for example, my latest Bookmarks mag. Really, for me, it is just a case of how much I wiggle around when I think about the potential joy it might bring me. Here are some examples:
Wants - Definition: 60% chance of reading, depending on how my challenges go. Book has caught my attention.
So Much For That - Lionel Shriver. The only thing keeping this book off my "need" list is the fact that it is about the crappy healthcare system in the US, and the effect it has on one couple nearing retirement. I hear alot about crappy healthcare in my house, so I'm not sure I want to read about it. But there is this thing with Shriver's writing that I cannot deny.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson. An endearing love story between widow and widower, a shared passion for literature, faith in the power of kindness. I need these to pull me back up out of the muck now and again.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot. Impoverished young African-American woman is admitted into the hospital for cervical cancer, and without her knowledge, tissue is removed for experimentation. Years later, this tissue has been instrumental in modern medical research, yet the donor suffered, died and was buried in an unmarked grave, and her descendants live a life of poverty. Nothing like controversy to get my blood boiling.
Needs - Definition: These are sure things, baby. Right at the top of Maslow's Hierarchy. Maximum wiggling with anticipation.
The Prince of Mist - Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This author will forever have a spot in my heart after bestowing upon me The Shadow of the Wind. He is granted permanent immunity from anything ridiculous he might write in the future. This is a YA novel about hauntings, sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden, in the hands of a master. Bring it on.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson. I don't believe I need to explain myself on this one. #3 in line for the audio, whenever it arrives at the local library. Then I shall lock myself in the closet for a couple of weeks.
61 Hours - Lee Child. I have a long-term and very loyal relationship with Mr. Child and Jack Reacher, the ultimate dude in this crime thriller series. Reacher finds his wandering self in South Dakota, where there is a meth lab, somebody who needs protecting, certainly some bad guys who need beat up, and a clock ticking down to something ominous. Mr. Child has permanent immunity from slip-ups as well, and would follow him wherever he may go.
The Passage - Justin Cronin. The first of a proposed trilogy (and fast-tracked for the silver screen), and on EW's list of most anticipated summer reads, this one cannot be ignored. We get a post-apocalyptic America with a virus and blood-thirsty vampiric goons and a little girl who might hold the answer to preventing the end of the world as we know it. This will soon be arriving in audio format to my doorstep!
Faithful Place - Tana French. I don't even know what it is about. But anybody who creates such an amazing book as The Likeness is good enough for me anyday. I'm buying what she is selling.
So what say you? Are you with me?