Bookish Gag Gifts

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the ten books I wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under my tree but I think I’ve shared my book wishlist enough times this year that if I did that again, people would think I’m jonesing for a someone to buy me something soooo, I’ll do 10 books I’d give as gifts instead. Some of them are gag gifts designed only for a laugh, others are based on running conversations I have with some of the people in my life.

  1. Someone gave me a copy of this book for a gift once and I’d like to pass the joke on. Spoiler Alert: all the pages are blank.
  2. Born To Run is for a friend who always tells me that she would go running with me but her body wasn’t designed for that. I think she’d get a kick out of the title.
  3.  One of my cousins’ cousin who lives with them and is always present at the holiday meals, he’s the most health conscious person you could hope to meet. While everyone else chows down at the all-you can-eat buffet, he piles his plate with green stuff. He’s vegan and doesn’t eat sugar and processed foods and at this past Thanksgiving, while he ate his vegetarian loaf and salads, I teased him that eating a diet with 5 percent or less casein affects your body the same as eating no milk products -I got that info from the China study. So I’d buy him this book from Dr. Colin Campbell just so he could hear it from someone else
  4. A friend who’s really interested in planes and air travel would love this short book by Richard Branson in which he recounts his tales of how he came to start the Virgin Atlantic airline, about his adventures in hot air balloons, and his spirit of adventure in general. Also, he’s not a fast reader so I think he would get a kick out of the “Quick Reads” stamped on the front of the book.
  5. Marlon James’ novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings would be another great gag gift for my friend who love crime stories and murder mysteries but only if they’re short reads. This “brief history” is actually 688 pages long and I know it would take him an entire year to read it but I think it would make him laugh to open this gift.
  6. A little girl I tutor who says she hates math but likes being a leader in her social groups would probably be inspired by Margot Shetterly’s Hidden Figures about the black female mathematicians who helped pioneered the space mission. 
  7. An architect friend who is obsessed with odd shaped structures would probably enjoy this title:  Round Buildings, Square Buildings and Buildings that Wiggle Like A Fish
  8. I have a friend who is always late for everything. If you tell her the event is at 2:00, she might show up at 3:00 and say she was just giving you time to settle in and do what you had to do. Thank You For Being Late is the perfect title for her.
  9. For one of my Instagram friends and Bernie Sanders’ supporter who plans to become a billionaire and often posts about what he would use the money to do, this title would probably make him smile.
  10. My friend who watches every episode of Steve Harvey’s talk show, she would like his new book, Jump.
  11. For everyone else, I’d give a copy of my book, It’s Complicated because what would a book list be if I didn’t include my own book.

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What books would you give for (gag) gifts this Christmas?

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Love,Frances says:

    I love your list! I like the spin on the weekly TTT topic
    What you wrote about your vegan friend and the China study peaked my interest because I am a vegetarian basically vegan. I say basically only because I cannot find the willpower to turn down a delicious cupcake slice of birthday cake or ice cream. Sure I have Limited grocery store access to almond milk ice cream/dairy free desserts/vegan cake at whole foods but sometimes it just doesn’t taste the same. I am a bad bad bad vegetarian wanna be vegan lol

    When I got to the last book on your list I thought to myself “wow that looks like a pretty cool book I should check that out” then I said “huh. that’s odd the same name as the blog”, lol

    So suffice it to say it became obvious you were the author. LOL

    Thanks for stopping by. I am now following you via Instagram, Bloglovin, and Twitter 🎄

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  2. Ooh I like the look of Hidden Figures, it’s great to expose kids to awesome ladies as early as possible! May have to give that one a read myself too 😉

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  3. Megan McDade says:

    I have been seeing Hidden Figures a lot and it looks incredible.I hope you got some on your list especially Everything men know about woman LOL

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  4. I think Hidden Figures would be incredibly interesting. I didn’t realize it was a book so I might try to read that before seeing the movie.

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  5. Margot Shetterly’s Hidden Figures sounds like such an interesting read. I would not mind getting that as a gift. Hope you enjoy your holidays!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks Alicia. I hope you have a wonderful holiday also. I hope to read Hidden Figures in January.

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  6. Great picks! I need to pick up Hidden Figures. 🙂

    Check out my TTT and my current giveaways.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for the comment, Lauren. Sorry it took so long to reply. I think WP has been hiding some of my comments from me. I’ll head over to your blog now. Looks like you have some exciting stuff going on.


    2. Run Wright says:

      I entered the giveaway – I actually did all the things on the list. It looks like a great book.


  7. Chachic says:

    The first one seems like a great gag gift! 😛

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Haha. Yes, someone gave me one and it was so funny to open it.


  8. rudejasper says:

    Very thoughtful gifts! I think I would give one of those books from the 50s on how to be the perfect wife to my friend and his (male) partner who always has a glass of wine poured, slippers waiting and dinner cooking when my friend gets home from work. They’d get a good chuckle out of it!

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