5 Books on my Wish List This Year

Being that I’m a book blogger, you might think I buy myself any book I want, whenever I want. And while I’m a firm believer in the old adage that goes “Treat yo self,” I generally try not to give in to my bookish urges on a regular basis.



I’m a huge fan of public libraries, so I get as many books there as I can. This includes listening to audio books on Overdrive.

With the exception of my Book of the Month subscription, I generally don’t brand new books. They’re a splurge when I’m given a gift card, or if a favorite author releases something new. I buy most of my books when thrift shopping, or from ThriftBooks.com.

Of course, I’m fortunate to get a lot of advanced copies of books. That keeps me up to date on new releases, so I’m generally not clamoring to get my hands on them when the library holds are long and it’s only available in hard cover.

Once we get into gift giving months, I definitely put off any book buying because it makes gift giving super easy for my loved ones! While I definitely have my eye on more than five titles to add to my shelves right now, these are the ones I’m hoping for most.

5 Books on my Wish List This Year


The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

My local book club is probably going to read this as our February selection.

From Goodreads: Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Sovereign by April Daniels

This is the second book in Daniels’ Nemesis series. I read the first back in September found it to have a lot of depth, as well as be a fun, engaging read.

From Goodreads: Only nine months after her debut as the superhero Dreadnought, Danny Tozer is already a scarred veteran. Protecting a city the size of New Port is a team-sized job and she’s doing it alone. Between her newfound celebrity and her demanding cape duties, Dreadnought is stretched thin, and it’s only going to get worse.

When she crosses a newly discovered billionaire supervillain, Dreadnought comes under attack from all quarters. From her troubled family life to her disintegrating friendship with Calamity, there’s no lever too cruel for this villain to use against her.

She might be hard to kill, but there’s more than one way to destroy a hero. Before the war is over, Dreadnought will be forced to confront parts of herself she never wanted to acknowledge.

And behind it all, an old enemy waits in the wings, ready to unleash a plot that will scar the world forever.


The Body in Question by Jill Ciment

I heard about this one over the summer on one of the PBS Newshour’s recommended reading lists and immediately added it to my TBR!

From Goodreads: A spare, masterful novel about a shocking murder trial, a sequestered jury, and an affair between two of the jurors–the woman, in free fall in her life and marriage to a much older man.

The place: central Florida. The situation: a sensational murder trial involving a rich, white teenage girl–a twin–on trial for the horrific murder of her toddler brother, and the sequestered jury deciding her fate.

The setting: a utilitarian marble cube of a courthouse, more Soviet than Le Corbusier; and the court-appointed motel off the interstate.

Two of the jurors: Hannah, a 52 year-old former Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine photographer of rock stars and socialites (she switched to photographing animals when she realized she looked at people “as a species” rather than as individuals), and Graham, a 41 year-old anatomy professor, sequestered (she, Juror C-2; he, F-17), holed up at the Econo-Lodge off I-75.

Hannah’s “one last dalliance before she is too old” takes on profoundly personal and moral consequences, as the novel moves to its affecting, powerful and surprising conclusion.

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

I read an advanced copy of this before it came out in the fall and absolutely fell in love with it. I want a physical copy to re-read and have on my shelf!

From Amazon: You may “know” Jenny Slate from her new Netflix special, “Stage Fright,” or as the creator of Marcel the Shell, or as the star of “Obvious Child.” But you don’t really know Jenny Slate until you get bonked on the head by her absolutely singular writing style. To see the world through Jenny’s eyes is to see it as though for the first time, shimmering with strangeness and possibility.As she will remind you, we live on an ancient ball that rotates around a bigger ball made up of lights and gasses that are science gasses, not farts (don’t be immature). Heartbreak, confusion, and misogyny stalk this blue-green sphere, yes, but it is also a place of wild delight and unconstrained vitality, a place where we can start living as soon as we are born, and we can be born at any time. In her dazzling, impossible-to-categorize debut, Jenny channels the pain and beauty of life in writing so fresh, so new, and so burstingly alive, we catch her vision like a fever and bring it back out into the bright day with us, and everything has changed.

The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jesse Crispin

One of my goals for 2019 was to learn to read Tarot cards and I’ve made great progress!

From Goodreads: A hip, accessible, and practical guide for artists and creative people looking to tarot for guidance and inspiration in the tradition of The Secret Language of Birthdays and Steal Like an Artist.

What if the path to creativity was not as challenging as everyone thinks? What if you could find that spark, plot twist, or next project by simply looking at your life and your art through a different lens?

Written for novices and seasoned readers alike, The Creative Tarotis a unique guidebook that reimagines tarot cards and the ways they can boost the creative process. Jessa Crispin guides you through the intuitive world of the tarot to get those creative juices flowing again. Thought to be esoteric and mystical, tarot cards are approachable and endlessly helpful to overcoming creative blocks. Crispin offers spiritual readings of the cards, practical information for the uninspired artist, and a wealth of fascinating anecdotes about famous artists including Virginia Woolf, Rembrandt, and David Bowie, and how they found inspiration.

With five original tarot spreads and beautiful illustrations throughout, The Creative Tarot is an accessible, colorful guide that demystifies both the tarot and the creative process.

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts?
And most importantly, what books are on your holiday wish list this year?!


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