This is a constantly evolving list and is not every book I want to read. Some books I like to keep secret. Why? Because I’m weird. 🙂 Check back often as I will update the list frequently with new books I discover, include a simple yay or nay for the books I read and cross out books I no longer want to read. Yup, I’m also finicky.
Looking for Some Great Books?
One of the best places to find great book recommendations is my absolute favorite link-up, Show Us Your Books, hosted by Jana and Steph. The link-up is held the second Tuesday of every month, and I strongly encourage book lovers to check it out and participate.
Books I Want to Read
This list is in no particular order. I added a little note with the book’s description or why it made the list. The links are non-affiliate and take you to Amazon or Goodreads.
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – romantic comedy. Guy seeking true love.
- What Are You Hungry For by Deepak Chopra – recommended by Jenn.
- The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre – killer who stays in her apartment to avoid killing anyone.
- Dumplin by Julie Murphy — universally loved. YA.
- This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper – family sage. Made into a movie.
- The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth – early-onset Alzheimer’s. Well-reviewed.
- Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page — Dorothy of Oz is now evil. YA series.
- Bird Box by Josh Malerman – horror, thriller.
- The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield – Rachel returns to hometown to make amends.
- Souless by Gail Carriger – Victorian London with vampires, werewolves, etc. Series.
- The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey – looks good. Atypical zombie story.
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty — everyone seems to enjoy her books. Need to check one out.
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown — our vulnerability measures our courage.
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown – Letting go of who you think you should be and embracing who you really are.
- The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky – new trilogy with Greek mythology.
- The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – a retelling of Aladdin.
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald – like the premise and a good choice for in-between heavier reads.
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore – YA series. Highly recommended.
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi — a must read book, especially now.
- Salt to Sea by Ruta Sepetys — YA and WW2. Good reviews.
- Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay — tear-jerker. Great reviews.
How Do I Afford All These Books?
I don’t. Books that I love or are part of a favorite ongoing series will likely get purchased at some point because I love to reread my favorite books. They are non-fat, comfort food to me. But I borrow most books from the library. It’s super convenient, free and I love how you can now borrow e-books too.
Another favorite way to read books for free is through NetGalley. If you have a blog and post book reviews, you can request advanced review copies (ARCs) for some of your favorite authors and new-to-you authors too. Speaking from experience, you might get giddy at the prospect of so many books and request a ton of books at once. Only to realize after getting approval, they are all published within the next few weeks. Oops.
I also love $1 bookstores and used book stores too. They can be really hit-and-miss and are typically not well organized, but you can find some real gems at a rock-bottom price if you’re willing to take the time.