I just ran across a review of J. Ruth Gendler's The Book of Qualities and wow! WANT. Very much. We're talking instant book lust.
As I understand it, if emotions/qualities were people, this book is a list of their character descriptions. Taken from the two sample pages up on Gendler's website:
Pleasure is wild and sweet. She likes purple flowers... Many people mistrust Pleasure, and even more misunderstand her. For a long time I could hardly stand to be in the same room with her.Other bits I've picked up from various reviews: Terror keeps a long list of rules on her living room wall. Whimsy organizes her clothing by color. Pain has cold grey fingers. Excitement wears orange socks. Depression is the child of Lethargy and Despair.
Courage has roots... She is not impressed with powertrippers, and she knows first aid... The people who told me she is stern were not lying, they just forgot to mention that she is kind.
I can't wait to read this!. This book is at the very top of my Christmas list. (Did you hear that family? The Very Top.)
What books are on your Christmas list?
Books: The Book of Qualities, J. Ruth Gendler