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Lately there have been so many great eBook deals that my Kindle app is overflowing. Bookbub is always a great source for deals under $2.99 and I recently started subscribing to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Daily Kindle Deals newsletter which has brought even more deals my way, even audiobooks. (Other favorite sources for free/cheap books here!)

But even though I don’t have physical books piling up around me, my To Read list is starting to feel like it’s a mile long. You know I love a good list, and I’m hoping this one will help me figure out what to start reading next… as usual, my life motto is the same: too many books, too little time!


The Amateur Librarian // To Read List

In no particular order:

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes, by Shauna Niequist

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I’ve heard good things about the essays (and recipes!) in this memoir from a few different sources, so it didn’t take much to convince me to click the buy button on this one. I might pick this one up when I’m in a reflective mood but don’t feel like diving into another novel.

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

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I’ve heard sooo much buzz about this new release that I was starting to feel like it was probably overhyped, but it has to be a sign that so many people love it (even those who passionately dislike Eat, Pray, Love) so I took the plunge when it went on sale. Next time I’m in a creative rut, I plan on turning to this one.

The Bread We Eat in Dreams, by Catherynne M. Valente

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I’ve been meaning to read Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland for years now, and I always hear such great things about her writing style, so I added this short story collection to the queue. I don’t read a lot of short stories, but I think this blend of fiction and fantasy would be right up my alley.

Wildwood, by Colin Meloy

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Another children’s lit choice that has been on my mind for a couple years, so when the first book in the series went on sale I indulged. It doesn’t hurt that it’s written by the lead singer of the Decemberists (one of my favorite bands in high school) and is compared to the Chronicles of Narnia. Can’t wait to give this one a chance.

Love May Fail, by Matthew Quick

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I love Quick’s offbeat characters and how he tackles mental health issues, but I got a bit burned out after too many in a row. I’m hoping that a female protagonist will bring back some of the magic, the next time I’m feeling up to delving into a fragile psyche.

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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.
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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 any 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.
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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. I’m sure I’ll be craving some mythological adventures some time soon, and then Percy will be waiting for me.
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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 but I’m beginning to wonder if that will ever happen… in other words, this has been languishing on my Kindle for quite a while!
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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.
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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…
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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!

With audio!
(Modern Mrs. Darcy turned me onto Whispersync, the cheap way to buy an audiobook when you purchase the eBook through Amazon. Finally, affordable audiobooks!)

The Selection, by Kiera Cass

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So many rave reviews about this dystopian YA series, I had to give it a shot. Maybe this one will help fill the hole left in my YA-loving heart after I’m done with the Lunar Chronicles. Audio is one of my favorite ways to consume YA, and this would be a fun summer listen.

The One-in-a-Million Boy, by Monica Wood

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The plot synopsis has the potential to turn me off, but this one came highly recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy so I jumped on the eBook plus audio deal when it hit my inbox. Daily Deals are dangerous!

The Martian, by Andy Weir

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I loved the movie and heard mixed reviews of the book, but my Dad really enjoyed the audio and it sounds like a fun listen. This might even be the perfect hybrid book, to be enjoyed as both an eBook and an audiobook, with an emphasis on plot and mathematical explanations that might feel too dense in a print book. Willing to give it a try!

Longbourn, by Jo Baker

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Books that try to mimic Austen’s plots and writing style are iffy, but a few recommendations and lots of great reviews convinced me to add this one to the (growing) list. Plus, the Upstairs Downstairs/Downtown Abbey angle was too good to pass up!

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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One of those classics I’ve never actually read – and after being disappointed by a recent YA wannabe, I decided it was probably worth going back to the source. One of these days…
Wow… I didn’t realize the list was so long! I wrote a similar post last October, and there are quite a few eBooks that are still on the list, although I did read about 3-4 in the seven months since then. Just the act of writing down a list often reminds me to take a closer look at each title, and thinking about what sparked each click to buy is always an interesting exercise… but next time I’m tempted I will definitely think of this list waiting for me!
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