Am I A Hoarder?

A Hoarder of Books…

I may have become a hoarder. A hoarder of books. Although I prefer to say I am a bibliophile – someone who loves to read, admire and collect books. Either way, my sunroom shelves are overflowing with books. Books I have read that I want to keep, books I plan to read, and books I have acquired along the way. When I can’t balance another pile on the edge of the shelf, I transfer the ones I am not sure I will have a chance to read to a different bookshelf in the basement. My finished basement was for the kids, but now they are older so little by little I have been taking over the shelves down there, replacing the video games, comic books, sports trophies and bobble head statues with my books. Often I will go down there and take some of the books I relegated to that lower level and bring them back up. I like to see what I have, what my options are, and I don’t want to miss anything!

Every week, new books are released and I am constantly making note of what I want to read next. Below I have listed some of my top choices. We all know this list will change, for sure, and most likely it will get longer. But for today, here is the plan!

17 Books To Enjoy And Learn From.

Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates

Girl Woman Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

The Night Watchman by Louise Eldrich

An Elegant Woman by Martha McPhee

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman (July 7)

Want by Lynn Steger Strong

The Book of Atlantis Black by Grace Bonner (Aug. 4)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Oct. 6)

A Girl is A Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Sept. 1)

A Knock At Midnight by Brittany K. Barnett (Sept. 8)

Aftershocks: A Memoir by Nadia Owusu (Jan 2021)

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult (Sept. 22)

Betty by Tiffany McDaniel (July 14)

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis (Aug. 4)

New Reviews and Author Q & A Coming Soon!

I can’t wait to share with you a little something about these next few. Be on the lookout for my upcoming reviews and Q & A:

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy (Aug. 4)

Members Only by Sameer Pandya

Other People’s Pets by R. L. Maizes (July 14)

4 More For The List!

Here are a few books that have been recommended to me over and over. I missed them when they first came out but they are still on my list:

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Beneath A Scarlett Sky by Mark Sullivan

Recommended Reading on the Topic of Racism

Sybil’s List Summer 2020

Book Nation by Jen Book Club Favorites


Tsundoku is a Japanese word for a person who collects books and lets them pile up everywhere around the house, but doesn’t read them. I’m trying to avoid this by reading what I have but not sure I can ever catch up!

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  1. Jen-Loved beneath a scarlet sky and heart’s invisible furies. they are making beneath into a movie.

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