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Books I own but Haven't Read Yet...a too be read pile

Books I own but Haven't Read Yet...a too be read pile


I’ve already talked about hoarding makeup (here and here). But I also have a pretty significant book stash. There is something special about a physical book. As much as I love the portability and flexibility of a digital book, I think I will always have a thing for paper. Holding a physical copy of a book connects you to the author and the story in a way that e-books and audiobooks cannot.

Yet, in 2018, I read almost exclusively on devices. There is something to be said about being able to pull up the Kindle app on my phone and when I’m stuck in a doctor’s waiting room with nothing else to do. I love that the app syncs to my Kindle and picks up where I left off. I love that, when I think ahead, my Kindle is easy to tote around. That thing is tiny.

Perhaps this lover of paperbacks is slowly being converted to an full time e-reader. Whatever the future holds for me as a reader, the fact remains that a currently own a large pile of unread books. And it’s my goal to fix that.

In 2019, I resolve to pick up some paperbacks. Here are 5 books I own but haven’t read yet.

The Alaskan Laundry
By Brendan Jones

The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones*: A debut novel I picked up from the clearance table at a hole-in-the-wall book store in Western Maine. I’m really selling it, right? To be fair, the Good Reads rating is 3.69. The Alaskan Laundry is about a young women starting over in a remote Alaskan fishing village. I know nothing about fishing so I’m hoping to open my eyes to a new world. Who knows… maybe I’m a natural angler in waiting!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman*: Considering that I Neil Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors and this book is super short, it’s pretty sad that it has been sitting on my shelf for as long as it has. It’s about a man who suddenly remembers the horrific past he left behind when he encounters a mysterious girl at the farm at the end of the road. It sounds like the perfect mix of scary and thrilling and mindbending for waiting out a winter storm with. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to read this one soon!

Salt to the Sea
By Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys*: A World War II drama following the converging paths of three East Prussian refugees on the road to survival. Hi, my name is Lauren and I have a serious addiction to World War II historical fiction. This will be my first Ruta Sepetys novel and I’m excited to dive in. I also have really high hopes about her many other historical fictions, too. (Check out my review here!)

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith*: The second novel in the Cormoran Strike series by J.K Rowling, written under a pen name. I loved the first novel - a down and out private investigator drama. I’ve been sitting on part two for a while and I feel motivated to get this read this year. If you love JK Rowling and crime novels, this is a series you’ll want to get behind.

Yes Please
By Amy Poehler

Yes Please by Amy Poehler*: Who doesn’t love Amy Poehler? Silly question. Obviously, no one. She is bright, kind, and hella funny. Plus humbly beautiful to boot. So, when she wrote a book, I got in line to buy it. Yet, I haven’t read it yet. I feel like I’m doing Amy a disservice. She an incredible, inspiring woman. From Saturday Night Live to Parks and Rec to the big screen. Amy Poehler is one heck of a lady boss. And I want to know what she has to say!

Have you read any of these? What’s on your To Be Read List this year? Tell me in the comments below.

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