I made my GoodReads account about a year ago now (add me!) and have recently taken up reading again. Plowing through the Harry Potter books in less than three weeks made me realize how much I can enjoy it and even on my worst mental health days, making progress in a book is always a good feeling.
With that, I went through my to be read books and either binned or kept them. With the books I kept, I sorted them by high or medium priority and if they can be rented digitally from my home library in Arizona or from the Brighton library. The lists below are just a sample of the books, it would take ages to type them all out!
Let’s get into it…
Kept, low priority
- The Lovely Bones by Alive Sebold
- It, Carrie and Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King: I really enjoyed Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges 1), so I will probably tackle those first.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- I am Legend by Richard Matheson
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Jurassic Park books by Michael Crichton
- Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: I cannot watch horror movies, but they are some of my favorite books.
Kept, medium priority
- The God Instinct by Jesse Bering
- The Man in the High Castle by Phillip Dick
- The Exorcist by William Blatty
- Ready Player One by Ernest Kline
- A Brief History of Everyone Who Has Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- Room by Emma Donoghue: I loved this movie and have it reserved at the library to read next. Thursday, come quick!
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Steig Larsson
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie: I actually haven’t read any of her books yet, so this should be interesting!
Kept, high priority
- Dominion: The Power of Man… by Matthew Scully: the topic of religion and the way we treat animals has greatly interested me since my Environmental Ethics class in my undergraduate degree, I hope to get this one under my belt soon.
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: I have heard nothing but good things about this book and I love me a popular science book. I have it reserved from the library for early next month.
- Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult: Although I binned some books on my TBR list by her, this one seems sweet.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I love WWII historical fiction.
- The Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien
- In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park: I bought this at Waterstones the other day and can’t wait to dive in soon.
- Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life: Lord knows I need it.
- Sperm Wars by Robin Baker: I read something similar by Jared Diamond and thought it was just okay. Interesting, but I don’t need to read another book on the topic.
- House Rules and Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult: She has written probably my favorite book of all time, The Storyteller, and a few others I enjoyed. However, one of the last books I read by her (The Pact) really let me down and a lot of these plots sound kind of same-same. When you read her books enough, you can see what kind of twist is coming.
- Some feminist books e.g. The Second Sex (thought Bad Feminist was just okay)
- Lies She Told by Kate Holahan
- Into the Water by Paula Hawkins: I thought The Girl on the Train was just okay, it was like Gone Girl for wussies.
- Some popular science books e.g. Bottlemania
- Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: It just sounds cringey.
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: Because my dad didn’t like it and I trust his taste
- Vox by Christina Dalcher
Are there any books I should un-bin? Move up in priority? Forget about? Let me know if you see one of your favorite books!
Photo by Florencia Viadana.