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Lately I haven’t been reading as many ebooks. Without a daily bus commute, I tend to use my phone for quick social media check-ins throughout the day instead of sustained reading – and as a result, the ebook are piling up! I’m a big fan of Bookbub for ebook sale alerts (other favorite sources for free/cheap books here!), and it’s where I get most of my ebooks these days. I’m always interested in book recommendations, so here’s a glimpse of what’s in the queue and why I decided to snap these up… as usual, too many books, too little time!


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In no particular order:

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris

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Self-help books about happiness are all the rage, but I happened to listen to a great interview with the author on Gretchen Rubin’s podcast Happier recently, so when I saw this one pop up on Bookbub I added it to my queue. Very interested to read about the author’s experiences dealing with anxiety and (yet another) scientific look at happiness research.
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
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I’ve never been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland (I didn’t like magical realism as a kid and still don’t) but the behind-the-scenes story about Lewis Carroll has always been fascinating. And what about the real-life Alice that the stories were based on? Plenty of good reviews on Amazon convinced me to add this historical novel to the list.
My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan series Book 1) by Elena Ferrante
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Lots of buzz about Elena Ferrante’s last novel in her Neapolitan series prompted me to buy the first book. In the publishing  world, the author is famous for refusing to do any press or marketing, not even interviews, to promote her novels. But the one interview I did read was enough to convince me.
Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School Book 1) by Gail Carriger
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Confession: once upon a time a good friend recommended Gail Carriger’s YA steampunk books, and I promptly followed the author on social media but never actually read one of her books. That was years ago. So when the first book in her Finishing School series went on sale, I vowed to finally read one. She’s lovely on her blog and I’ve written down lots of recommendations from her, so I have high hopes for her writing.
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 4) by Rick Riordan
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I’m slowly making my way through the Percy Jackson series – I loved books 1 & 2 but the 3rd one really dragged for me. I must have found the series on super sale since I got them all at the same time over a year ago but still haven’t made it to book 4. There’s just too many other books in line!
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
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I loved Silver Linings Playbook and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock so I jumped when I saw another Matthew Quick ebook on sale with good reviews. I’m not sure I’m ready to dive into another fragile male mind, but this one is waiting when I am.
John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America by Jim Heacox
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I like nature, I like redwood trees, I used to live near the Muir Woods… so I couldn’t resist! I’m waiting for a quiet contemplative mood to hit to pick up this biography.
Jackaby by William Ritter
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I heard lots of good buzz about this YA supernatural Sherlock Holmes novel last fall, and this Forever Young Adult review sealed the deal. It seems like a good winter book, so maybe I’ll dive in soon.
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
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I love Malcolm Gladwell and normally I love essays but I couldn’t get into this one… so it’s waiting patiently on my Kindle app.
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Van Loon
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This one has been on my radar since it’s the 1922 Newbery Award winner (Nerdbery Challenge list here) and I made sure to pick the $1.99 illustrated version thanks to all the reviews lamenting the lack of illustrations in the $0.99 version. I have a lot of Newbery winner paperbacks piled up around the house, and I think in the back of my mind I’m waiting to find a copy of this one in a used bookstore, but until then the ebook is an option.
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
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This sounds like a satisfyingly epic family drama of secrets and dysfunction, and the reviews backed it up, so I indulged even though I probably shouldn’t have.
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
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Sparse is usually not my thing but this one is a National Book Award winner with lots of great reviews, so I added it to my list at a weak moment. Next time I’m tempted I should probably look at this blog post to remind myself that I have plenty of books to read…
Thorn by Intisar Khanani
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I love a good fairytale retelling, and this version of the Goose Girl sounds intriguing, but the cover art (and tons of impassioned reviews) pushed me over the edge.  I admit it, I judge a book by it’s cover all the time!
Stray (Touchstone Book 1) by Andrea K. Höst
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I can’t even remember why this was so intriguing that I had to have it, but it has lots of great reviews and an interesting twist. So it lives on my Kindle app now, waiting it’s turn for when I’m in the mood for a YA scifi story.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave Mckean
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I couldn’t resist, right in time for Halloween! I haven’t seen the movie since it came out in theatres, but I’ve always wanted to read the book behind it. Plus, I love Dave McKean’s creepy illustrations from other collaborations with Neil Gaiman (like The Graveyard Book).
Wow… I didn’t realize the list was so long! Thinking about what sparked each click to buy was an interesting exercise… but next time I’m tempted I will definitely think of this list waiting for me.

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