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The Kindle's Rejects: Five Regretfully Neglected eBooks

The Kindle's Rejects: Five Regretfully Neglected eBooks

Let's have a little chat about books. I read a lot, but there are books in my beloved Kindle app that it seems are always getting pushed down on the to-be-read list. I buy them because I know I want to read them (they're part of a series I love, or are a book I've re-read or know I'll re-read, for example) but then a book comes in at the library and that takes precedence, or I need to finish a book for my book group, or to be honest, sometimes I'd just rather watch a TV show for a while. But I keep thinking about these books that are patiently waiting in my Kindle app for me to get my act together and make time for them, and while I still haven't gotten around to them, they're not forgotten. Here are five books that I see every time I open my Kindle library and think, "Oh crap! I do really want to read that! Right after I do this one thing..."  

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich

Remember how I was apprehensive to watch Amazon's pilot for Good Girls Revolt, but then did and adored it? Well the book the show is based on was a Kindle Daily Deal a few months back and I bought it, eager to recapture the feelings I got from the show. I have no idea if that's a plausible theory, though, because I haven't read one page of this book yet. YET! It's not a long book and it's a topic that I'm really interested in. Plus, you know it's always better to read the book before seeing the adaptation, right? So I better get on this one.

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach

I was convinced I had written about my love for Mary Roach before, but a quick search reveals that is not the case, so let me catch you up real quick: I am obsessed with Mary Roach. My mom is a librarian in the Bay Area, where Mary Roach lives, and she (my mom, not Mary Roach [I would faint]) texted me one day and was all, "Have you ever read any books by a woman named Mary Roach? I talked to her today. She's really cool and seems like someone you'd like!" And I was like, "WHAT? LADY. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?! TELL ME EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW." If only my mom had known about my rabid love for Mary Roach, maybe she could have used her keen librarian powers to snag me some copies of her books, because my library is cruelly depriving their ebook patrons of her work. To combat this, I keep all the Mary Roach books I have yet to read in my Kindle wishlist and when the prices dip down to a palatable place I snatch them up. For Spook, this was in late November of last year. Still haven't read it, but five months isn't my longest waiting period for an unread book. Just you wait.

Morning Star: Book III of The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

You know I love The Red Rising Trilogy. I told you to get on this bandwagon years ago, and I stand by it. Me having not read this book yet is mainly just because I want to read the whole trilogy again, or at least the second book, Golden Son, before I read the third and final installment. It's a matter of carving out reading time for multiple books, not just one. I'll also be doing this for the The Raven King, which comes out next week, and the anticipation is overwhelming.

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann

I'm a big fan of photographer Sally Mann's work, but I know little about her life beyond snippets I've read here and there. When Hold Still was published I was eager to read it right away. I placed a hold at the library, and had to wait for a long while, but it was worth it. Then I got caught up with something else or decided to read a different book and my lending period ended without me reading this memoir I was so looking forward to. I placed a hold again, but when I saw Hold Still come up as a Kindle Deal of some sort I grabbed it. Now I wouldn't have to worry about holds or loan periods. AND YET. I still haven't gotten around to it. This is near the top of my to-be-read list though, if not at the very top.

Written in My Own Heart's Blood: A Novel (Outlander, Book 8) by Diana Gabaldon

And now, the award for Book I've Owned For The Longest Amount of Time Without Reading! I have had Written in My Own Heart's Blood in my Kindle for almost two years and I've yet to read more than two or three chapters. In my defense, I had a hard time remembering what happened in book 7, and then I decided to just take a break and read another book and come back to it, and then, well, it just got easier to not read it. I am really looking forward to it, though. I just need to set aside a hefty chunk of time and immerse myself in Outlander world again. This is the part where I want to say, "I really want to know what's going to happen with [redacted] and I'm so worried about [redacted]." But maybe you're only on book 4 or maybe you're only watching the TV show, so I'll just say, things are happening, time marches forward (and in the case of Outlander, also backward).

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