Ten Books New to My TBR... and the Bloggers Who Put Them There

My TBR list (non-existent, amorphous beast that it is) has always been long, long, long. But that's never kept it from continuing to expand. Below, ten books I've recently added to my TBR stack (and the bloggers/publicists who put them there...):




The Listener, by Rachel Basch: I already had a copy of this one from the publisher when I read Shannon's review on River City Reading, and now it's even higher on my already-very-long list.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth: Liberty Hardy, book queen of the Paperback to the Future subscription service, sent this to me in my first month's book pick. I haven't had time for it yet, but this is what I love about Liberty's selections: I've never heard of them before.

That's Not English, by Erin Moore: This is another one I already had on my shelf, but the urgency of it spoke to me when Monika at The Lovely Bookshelf said it made her laugh out loud while reading... a lot.

Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed, edited by Megan Daum: I loved Megan Daum's Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House, so was excited to see that she was editing a new collection of essays about women's decisions not to have kids. The quotes that Leah at Books Speak Volumes pulled from this collection only have me more convinced.

The Animals, by Christian Kiefer: Shannon at River City Reading is making two appearances in this list, because she recently mentioned this book as a slump-buster for her. Though I've had a lot of excellent reads so far in 2015, I have yet to encounter a sweep-me-off-my-feet, short-of-breath type book--and I'm hopeful this could be it.

The Buried Giant, by Kazuo IshiguroAnn Patchett and Maureen Corrigan both emphasized how much they loved this book when I saw them speak at a Frederick Reads event last week. I've never read Ishiguro, but combining their recommendation with Catherine from The Gilmore Guide to Books' recommendation is all I need to be convinced.

The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gwande: Because Amanda Nelson of Book Riot tweeted that she was so absorbed in it that she missed her exit while driving... and oh, yeah, because who wouldn't want to read a book about checklists? I freaking love checklists.

Get in Trouble: Stories, by Kelly Link: The Book Riot "Read It Like It's Hot" recommendation a few weeks back, reiterated by Ann Patchett at the Frederick Reads event last week. That's lots of smart bookish people recommending the same collection, and that's enough for me.

Hausfrau, by Jill Alexander Essbaum: I had my eye on this one already, but the sheer size of the conversation over at The Socratic Salon has me more intrigued than ever. I've been avoiding the discussion for fear of spoilers, but I'll be chiming in as soon as I get to this one.

Our Endless Numbered Days, by Claire Fuller: Steph at Bella's Bookshelves always writes thoughtful reviews, and her thoughts on this book were no exception.

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What have you recently added to your TBR list? And do you remember who put them there?


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50 comments

  1. You got me to click so many of these links! Adding The Checklist Manifesto and The Animals to my own only semi-existent TBR.


    I really connected with the quotations Leah shared, too, particularly the first one about losing out on solitude. It's possible I'll change my mind, but I really don't foresee myself ever being OK with losing the ability to withdraw from the world at will.


    I'm so, so tempted by Paperback to the Future. I've been itching to spend some money on a book subscription service. Would you recommend this one, another?

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  2. And as for your closing question, Julianne of Outlandish Lit recently got me to bump Our Endless Numbered Days up on my list. Kicking myself for not requesting it on Edelweiss way back when!

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  3. My husband finally admitted that he didn't know what books to buy me for Christmas, and got me a subscription to PB to the Future instead--I'm three books in so far, and loving it. They've all been books I haven't even heard of, let alone already own/read, and given the number of books I own and read about and generally add to lists on a daily basis, major props to Liberty for that! She does a great job of exploring your reading tastes, I think, and then recommending things outside what I'd normally pick up but that I'm still interested in, if that makes sense. I don't know much about other subscription services, though, so not much to compare!

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  4. Yes! I keep hearing SO MANY good things about it. It's on the list for an upcoming Socratic Salon discussion so I plan to get to it before that roles around.

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  5. Ohhh I'm going to be reading Our Endless Numbered Days soon. Heard so much about that one! Thanks for the shout-outs!

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  6. Cameron Post is one of my absolute favorites. The language, the characters, it's just so good. I can't wait for emily danforth's next book. Our Endless Numbered Days was also fascinating. There are some new to me books on this list I'll have to check them out. (And glad to find a new to me blog -- thanks to Shannon retweeting your post!)

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  7. Oh, glad to hear you liked That's Not English as well! I've read some great nonfiction lately but it's all been rather heavy, so I'm looking forward to something more fun.

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  8. Agreed--I keep seeing it pop up in new places! I think Catherine at Gilmore Guide loved it as well, if I remember correctly. And thanks for the book recs :-)

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  9. I'd never even heard of it, but I'm excited to get started! And glad you stopped by (also thanks to Shannon for retweeting!)... heading over to your blog now, and I can't pass up bookish posts from a feminist gemini vegetarian librarian.

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  10. I loved That's Not English. I marked nearly every page with a post-it so I wouldn't forget certain tidbits. :D


    Hooray for Hausfrau and for the discussion too. Amazing. Our Endless Numbered Days is coming up on The Socratic Salon as well!


    Great list!

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  11. That's Not English is getting SO much blogger love. So is Our Endless Numbered Days! I definitely plan to have that one finished before the Socratic Salon discussion... is that the end of April?

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  12. The tentative date is 4/15 :D Stay tuned!

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  13. Love this! And your office space is looking wonderful.

    And YES for that gif. Mine too.

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  14. When I was a teen, I re-read the same books over and over (and over) because there simply weren't many books that sounded interesting. Now blogger recommendations mean I will never reach the end of my TBR list. Agh!


    I also loved That's Not English, and Shannon put The Listener on my TBR!

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  15. So sorry about the mayo disaster. Yuck. And I love your office. So pretty. Thanks for including us in your day. I loved Inside the O'Briens too.

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  16. I purchased this earlier in the month and I'm so excited to read it! I've been gravitating to nonfiction more in my wheelhouse (History/Gender Studies double major here).

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  17. I saw your love for That's Not English as well--it's amazing how it's popping up seemingly *everywhere*.

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  18. I've got The Buried Giant on my list too, muuuust get to it. And I've verrry recently put Kelly Link's collection on my list! Nice picks.

    Here's mine.

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  19. Glad I could send some great recommendations your way (you've done the same for me!). There are a ton of books on this list I want to get to, too...namely Our Endless Numbered Days and The Buried Giant.

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  20. It's no fun when you have to wake up to the sound of construction. :-S I love your office! It looks so cozy. I love that your animals keep you company while you work. :-) Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Bloggin' 'bout BooksMarch 31, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Nice list. THE BURIED GIANT looks intriguing, although I've heard mixed reviews. I think I'll give it a shot anyway!


    Susan
    www.blogginboutbooks.com

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  22. I love tracking who put books on my TBR list. Then when the time comes to apportion blame for why my TBR list is so preposterously long, I have a FULL RECORD OF THE CULPRITS.

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  23. I'm so glad that you were able to recover your post!! I love your office set-up,though I have heard from others that it's a tough balance between maintaining work and home hours.


    I'm super impressed that you listen to audiobook while eating dinner. Even if alone (which, what does that even mean anymore), I probably would veg in front of blogs or the TV...or let's face it, Twitter.


    and yes, sleep! Absolutely!!! :)

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  24. Thanks, me too! I'm still working on my office but it's starting to feel like it is coming together, bit by bit.


    And on the audiobooks--I don't usually, but I'm not really in the middle of any shows right now that I'm not watching with my husband (and we don't have cable), so it seemed more appealing to me than finding something new to watch!

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  25. No, it isn't! We knew what we were getting into when we bought here, but it's still slightly irritating.

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  26. The mayo mess made lunch so much less fun than mayo should have been! Wasn't Inside the O'Briens interesting? I certainly didn't know much (anything) about HD before reading it. What a cruel disease.

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  27. I'm always curious about when I hear people listen to audiobooks at home - do you listen to them with earphones on, or "out loud"? I only ever listen to them in the car, so not sure what I would do if I were to listen to one at home. I'm also not sure I'd be able to concentrate on the book if I was listening to it at home!


    The only time I enjoy eating out alone is if I'm in a city other than my own. Same goes with going to movies. I think it's because no one I know would ever see me ;)

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  28. I felt the same way. A lot of the time when she wrote "every woman," I thought "but not me." But I did love how she handled double standards!

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  29. I'd be interested in hearing how the "don't be afraid of the vacuum cleaner" portion of your dog training goes. I'm not sure if Winchester is afraid of ours or just irrationally hates it, but we can't vacuum when he's around (and since he's a big part of why vacuuming is necessary, that's a bit of a problem).

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  30. I swear I replied to this comment the other day, but apparently blogger likes my comments on this post as much as it liked my first attempt at posting...


    ANYWAY, all I said was that I use headphones when I listen to audiobooks at home, even when I'm home alone. I usually don't listen while I eat (usually I eat with my husband, so that would be fairly rude, I suppose), but I do listen when I have a chunk of chores to do. I find the story makes mindless things like laundry, dishes, and scrubbing bathrooms go by so much faster.


    And I love eating out alone! It's so different than eating out with someone else (or a group).

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  31. Ha! It's going. Not particularly well so far, but it's only been two weeks, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. The basic premise of this new trainer is that instead of "it's ok!" or any type of coddling language, we should correct him when he's afraid of things he doesn't need to be afraid of (like the vacuum)--basically a sign that the humans are in charge, and have assessed the danger, and deemed it not dangerous, so he can relax. He's definitely gotten closer to the vacuum than ever before, though it's imperfect success so far!

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  32. :D Glad you got this back up!



    I'm curious—how do you feel about working from home? Sometimes I find the idea super appealing, and other times I think I'd go a little loony.

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  33. I love that you give a nod the blogger who helped put the title in your TBR ! I have Hausfrau and The Buried Giant in my own TBR. Now I have more books to look up ;)

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  34. So jealous of your working from home gig! Great post! So happy for you that you didn't have to recreate it! :)

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  35. I feel pretty much exactly like you do--sometimes it's incredible and very appealing, and sometimes (especially when my husband travels for work) I go a little stir-crazy, realizing I haven't left the house in too many days. I'm still working on establishing a good routine for myself for working from home, and I will say that that helps: putting on (appropriate to leave the house) clothes every day, making the bed, setting "normal" hours.

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  36. Thanks! I'm glad I got it back to (all credit to Shaina!). Working from home definitely has its perks. The dog certainly likes it!

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  37. Those are all such beautiful covers that I'm drooling. I think it's really nice that you mentioned other bloggers in your post! I'm trying to keep tabs on who made me cross the line and put a book on my TBR pile but I'm pretty bad at keeping track. Do you have a system?

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  38. This reminds me so much of my work from home days. I did that for three years, and started a new job last January, but I still miss it! There were pros and cons, but I loved so many aspects of that job.

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  39. Definitely pros and cons. Usually I love it, but some days I do go a little stir-crazy. And I have all these work clothes I never wear anymore!

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  40. I worked from home 3 days and in office two days a week. It worked perfectly because I still had a couple "dress like a grown up" days and got to interact with people.

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  41. I've heard so many good things about the Kelly Link stories!

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  42. I love that you're always pointing out books I hadn't heard of (even if I know my TBR pile is too large to be taking new entries).

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  43. Same here on the mixed reviews. I'm still hopeful!

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  44. Ha! Yes! I know exactly who to blame.

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  45. Thanks! It was fun to pull together and revisit bloggers' reviews.

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  46. I don't have any kind of system--for TBR books, for who recommended them to me, etc. I did this post based on what popped into my head. I wish I could be more organized, but it's all I can do to keep track of review assignments and deadlines; anything beyond that, I'd just be kidding myself.

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  47. hehe thanks for replying. I'm notoriously bad at remembering where I got pieces of information, so I envy people who can remember!

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  48. Glad your post wasn't destroyed! Shaina is a hero. Sorry about the mayo incident, that's brutal. But, otherwise, I loved reading about your day! Snickerdoodle flavored coffee WHAT.

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