Book-Talk Monday: My Libraray Wishlist | #amreading #librarylife
I think most people know that you can set up a wishlist at online retailers (like Amazon) where you can add all of the books you’d someday like to read. You may also have a To Be Read “shelf” on Goodreads where you’ve saved all of the books that look interesting to you. But how many of us are ever actually going to make our way through those lists? But a wishlist on my local library’s website? I use it all the time in order to pull my next book(s) to read or listen to.
I’ve always been an avid patron of the public library system, no matter where I live. For someone who can devour a couple of books in a week (or, at least, I used to be able to and am trying to get back to that), I can’t just go out and purchase every single book that I want to read. Even now that most of what I read is on the Kindle and those prices stay pretty low, it’s still not the best financial decision to spend that much money per month on books. (As much as I’d like to be able to purchase every single title I read!) So in order to still support the authors (libraries purchase licenses for each ebook and audiobook they lend) as well as keep my bank account solvent, I use the library—the Nashville Public Library, to be specific.
I have dozens of books on a private list on Amazon—mostly writing craft, research, or other books that will be better to read in print rather than ebook format. I have hundreds of books on my “Sounds Interesting” shelf on Goodreads—I add books to this list whenever I read a review that piques my interest or see that one of my Goodreads friends has added/reviewed a book that sounds like something I’d enjoy. And then, when I’m “working on reading”—as in, setting my reading goals for the year or it’s been a while since I’ve done so and need to do it again—I will open up my Goodreads and Amazon lists and the library ebook/digital audiobook site (Overdrive) and start looking up titles and adding them to my library wishlist.
So I thought it might be fun to go through and share ten titles from my library wishlist each month—and ask you to do the same! Since this is the first month, I thought I’d pick something from each page of my list (I have 422 items saved, but it narrows down to 305 when I filter it to “available now”).
What’s on YOUR Library Wishlist?
10 Random Titles from My Library Wishlist:
- The Vow, a novella by Jody Hedlund [inspy historical romance/Medieval England | ebook]
Young Rosemarie finds herself drawn to Thomas, the son of the nearby baron. But just as her feelings begin to grow, a man carrying the Plague interrupts their hunting party. While in forced isolation, Rosemarie begins to contemplate her future—could it include Thomas? Could he be the perfect man to one day rule beside her and oversee her parents’ lands?
Then Rosemarie is summoned back to her castle in haste. The disease has spread, and her family is threatened. And the secret she discovers when she returns could change her future forever.
- Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell [classic British Lit, Paranormal/Horror | ebook]
Elizabeth Gaskell’s chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. ‘Disappearances’, inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; ‘Lois the Witch’, a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in ‘The Old Nurse’s Story’ a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors. Whether darkly surreal, such as ‘The Poor Clare’, where an evil doppelgänger is formed by a woman’s bitter curse, or mischievous like ‘Curious, if True’, a playful reworking of fairy tales, all the stories in this volume form a stark contrast to the social realism of Gaskell’s novels, revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing.
- The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock by Lucy Worsley [nonfiction | audiobook read by Anne Flosnik]
From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to the cozy crimes of the Golden Age, renowned historian Lucy Worsley explores the evolution of the traditional English murder and reveals why we are so fascinated by this sinister subject.
- Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins Series, Book 1) by P. L. Travers [classic children’s lit | audiobook read by Sophie Thompson]
The timeless story of Mary Poppins, the world’s favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family
Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the Banks children have ever seen. It all starts when their new nanny is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house, carrying a parrot-headed umbrella and a magic carpetbag. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!
- The Bet (The Bet Series, Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken [contemporary romance | ebook]
“I have a proposition for you.” Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. It’s been years since Kacey’s seen her childhood friend Jake, but the minute Jake mentions his ill grandmother, Kacey is ready to do anything for the sweet old woman. And if that means pretending they’re engaged for her sake-so be it.
But Kacey wasn’t counting on Jake’s older brother Travis still being there. She calls him “Satan” for a reason: she’s never forgotten the way he teased and taunted her. Yet when they meet again, Travis’s gorgeous smile is a direct hit to her heart . . . and Kacey’s more confused than ever. As the days pass, only one thing starts to become alarmingly clear-she never should have accepted Jake’s deal …
- Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt [historical fiction/US West | ebook]
Wrongfully accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Bennett is destined to hang… unless she can disappear.
With the untamed territory of Colorado as her most likely refuge, she packs her physician’s kit and heads West. But even with a new life and name, a female doctor with a bounty on her head can hide for only so long.
- Petals in the Storm (Fallen Angels Series, Book 2) by Mary Jo Putney [historical romance | ebook]
LOVE AND BETRAYAL…A cool master of sensuality, Rafael Whitbourne, the Duke of Candover, earned his rakish reputation in the silken boudoirs of London’s highborn ladies, never giving away his hand or his heart. Then a vital mission for his government takes Rafe to Paris to work with the Countess Madga Janos, “the most beautiful spy in Europe.” He is appalled to discover that the smoky eyed temptress is no Hungarian countess, but the deceitful doxie who betrayed him a dozen years earlier—the only woman he ever loved, and the only one he’s ever despised. Margot Ashton wants nothing more than to walk away from her turbulent past and the mesmerizing man who ruined her life. But patriotism binds them together in a shadowland of intrigue where a diabolical plot may plunge a continent back into war—and a whirlwind of passion sweeps Margot and Rafe into a shattering passion that cannot be denied.
- Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life by Terry Brooks [nonfiction | ebook]
Writing is writing, whether one’s setting is a magical universe or a suburban backyard. Spanning topics from the importance of daydreaming to the necessity of writing an outline, from the fine art of showing instead of merely telling to creating believable characters who make readers care what happens to them, Brooks draws upon his own experiences, hard lessons learned, and delightful discoveries made in creating the beloved Shannara and Magic Kingdom of Landover series, The Word and The Void trilogy, and the bestselling Star Wars novel The Phantom Menace.
In addition to being a writing guide, Sometimes the Magic Works is Terry Brooks’s self-portrait of the artist. Here are sketches of his midwestern boyhood, when comic books, radio serials, and a vivid imagination launched a life long passion for weaving tales of wonder; recollections of the fateful collaboration with legendary editor Lester del Rey that changed not only the author’s life but the course of publishing history; and an eye-opening look at the ups and downs of dealing with Hollywood, as a writer of official novels based on major movies by both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
- The Anatomy of Death (Doctor Dody McCleland Series, Book 1) by Felicity Young [historical mystery | ebook]
At the turn of the twentieth century, London’s political climate is in turmoil, as women fight for the right to vote. Dody McCleland has her own battles to fight. As England’s first female autopsy surgeon, not only must she prove herself, she must prove that murder treats everyone equally…
After a heated women’s rights rally turns violent, an innocent suffragette is found murdered. When she examines the body, Dody McCleland is shocked to realize that the victim was a friend of her sister—fueling her determination to uncover the cause of the protestor’s suspicious death.
For Dody, gathering clues from a body is often easier than handling the living—especially Chief Detective Inspector Pike. Pike is looking to get to the bottom of this case but has a hard time trusting anyone—including Dody. Determined to earn Pike’s trust and to find the killer, Dody will have to sort through real and imagined secrets. But if she’s not careful, she may end up on her…
- Founding Grammars: How Early America’s War Over Words Shaped Today’s Language by Rosemarie Ostler [nonfiction | ebook]
Who decided not to split infinitives? With whom should we take issue if in fact, we wish to boldly write what no grammarian hath writ before? In Founding Grammars, Rosemarie Ostler delves into the roots of our grammar obsession to answer these questions and many more. Standard grammar and accurate spelling are widely considered hallmarks of a good education, but their exact definitions are much more contentious — capable of inciting a full-blown grammar war at the splice of a comma, battles readily visible in the media and online in the comments of blogs and chat rooms. With an accessible and enthusiastic journalistic approach, Ostler considers these grammatical shibboleths, tracing current debates back to America’s earliest days, an era when most families owned only two books — the Bible and a grammar primer. Along the way, she investigates colorful historical characters on both sides of the grammar debate in her efforts to unmask the origins of contemporary speech. Linguistic founding fathers like Noah Webster, Tory expatriate Lindley Murray, and post-Civil War literary critic Richard Grant White, all play a featured role in creating the rules we’ve come to use, and occasionally discard, throughout the years. Founding Grammars is for curious readers who want to know where grammar rules have come from, where they’ve been, and where they might go next.
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