I put up a Amazon wish list, because I find it interesting to see what others are reading, or want to read. Although, if anyone actually does buy me a book I won't complain. Mostly it's just there to show the world what a dork I truly am.
And in case you were wondering, yes, I have a very good reason for putting all the histories on the list. The Cambridge Illustrated is just something I have desperately wanted for years. But I am planning on retiring someday, to write a history of Imperialism, from the Greeks, through the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Can't say for sure that I'll ever get around to writing it, but I sure would like to do something with all the reading I've done and will continue to do.
And while I hope that it will have drawn itself back quite a bit and become something much greater than it is now, I sincerely hope that the empire in which I live won't have reached it's own demise by then. Though given the examples that history has to offer, simple inertia should keep us gliding along for some time to come.