“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” ― Anna Quindlen.
There’s never not a good time for reading. Books are handy like that. Bored? Read. Need to escape? Read. Feeling anxious about your life? Pick up a book. Need inspiration? Found on the shelves. Want to learn something new? You can find it within the pages. I don’t know about you but my TBR shelf and current reading list are quite large. I’m a serial book buyer. Meaning, I buy books faster then I can possibly read them. What that ends up looking like is bookshelves, tables, desks, anywhere you can put a book, I’ve stacked it there. In a cheesy train of thought, it’s like being surrounded by old friends and ones I can’t wait to meet. Even better, since travel is out of the question, each book is an adventure I get to take from the safety of my own home.
When I came home to Colorado to quarantine, I brought a few books. Then had my birthday here and the stack grew. And then as the pandemic went on, I felt like I wanted to support my small town’s bookstore so here we are. I came with 3ish books and have enough to fill a shelf here in my childhood bedroom. And since I’ve pretty much finished Netflix, reading is the option left here. Tell me. Do you buy books you want to read while already reading something? Or do you wait? What’s on your list? Here’s mine. (I’ve also linked my favorite small bookstores at the bottom)
Current Reading List
Currently reading: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
(Book 3 in the All Souls Trilogy) Just a heads up that the beginning is good, the middle is slow, and the end so far is back to being good.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
So much hype – can’t not add this one.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
This is Erin Morgenstern’s second book. Her first The Night Circus is my favorite stand-alone novel. Can’t wait to read this one.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Another novel with a lot of hype – had to add it. Plus, I’ve honestly loved everything I’ve read off of Reese’s book club.
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book and who doesn’t love a sweeping, somewhat fantastical romance?
The Dark Between Stars by Atticus
One of my favorite poets who just so happened to have been born out of Instagram. His words are inspiring, beautiful, and bite-sized. I read this periodically when only poetry will do.
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lisa TerKeurst
I was supposed to finish this with my women’s group. Oops. I’m halfway through and was enjoying it so I want to finish it up. Plus, uh…the title seems even more fitting now.
All About Love by Bell Hooks
Again, nothing but good things about this one. From what I hear, it’s the perfect book (for anyone) but in particular, all my single gals out there.
Five Feet Apart by Mikki Daughtry, Rachael Lippincott, and Tobias Iaconis
The movie was lovely and made me cry. And if there’s a book for the movie, I must read it. It’s a given.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
No doubt a children’s book but the illustrations are beautiful and the story is just too cute. This one is just good for the heart.
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Again with that book/movie rule. Loved the movie, must read the book. Excited for this one. I think it will be a fast and delightful read.
Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
I actually haven’t read Girl Wash Your Face which I also want to read. But this seemed like a better place for me to start. Own that power!
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Admittedly, I had never heard of this book but got it as a birthday present. After just reading the book jacket, it seems like it’s right up my alley. It’s a mystery, need I say more? I think I’ll be saving this one for October.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
Okay. I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Sarah J Maas. If you’re new around here, her two series The Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass are my favorite series (after HP of course). They are everything. Kingdom of Ash is the final installment of her Throne of Glass series. Here comes my confession. When I truly love a series, I procrastinate reading the last novels for months, perhaps a year or two. That way, I always have one book left I haven’t read. I know that’s an unpopular opinion/practice/whatever. But I did it with the last Harry Potter and have no regrets. I had one more book long after everyone was already missing it. This book was originally 1,000 pages and they had to adjust the formatting of the book to make it under 1k to fit in the bookbinding. It’s a beast but it’s on the current reading list so I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it!
That’s it! That’s what’s on my reading list, my TBR shelf. Tell me, what’s sitting on yours? Do you constantly add more so the list never dwindles down? Please, tell me I’m not alone.
& as promised, my favorite small bookstores:
If any don’t offer online ordering, just give them a call and they will order it and have it shipped straight to you. A little more hassle? Sure but you’ve just supported a small, indie bookstore. Yay!
Happy Reading, Bookworm!