The Ebooks I Have Waiting To Be Read

Over the last few months, especially in December with special deals from Kindle and Google Play, I’ve picked up several ebooks on the cheap. Some are books I’ve wanted to read for a while; others, I’ve only just heard about, but thought they were worth the $1.99 or so to check out. Will I get to them first thing this year? Doubtful, since I’m still reading The Lord of the Rings: One Volume (which also is one of the books) and have at least one other ebook checked out from the Free Library of Philadelphia. But someday, some week, some month this year, maybe I’ll get to one or more of the other 18 ebooks:

  1. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  2. All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
  3. All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
  4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  5. Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody Book 1) by Elizabeth Peters
  6. Don Quixote: A New Translation by Miguel de Cervantes and Edith Grossman
  7. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  8. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  10. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  11. IQ by Joe Ide
  12. Lord Foul’s Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever Book 1) by Stephen R. Donaldson
  13. The Lord of the Rings: One Volume by J.R.R. Tolkien
  14. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
  15. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
  16. Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel by Julie Lawson Timmer
  17. Punishment (Detective Barnes Series Book 1) by Scott J. Holiday
  18. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
  19.  You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie

To make it an even 20 for the year, I already did read one of the books I purchased: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams, and it was one of My Top 5 Favorite Books Read In 2017.

As for the rest, going down the list from top to bottom:

  • I picked up the first Herriot book and then got all three on another deal because I remember watching the PBS show years ago and liking it, and I don’t think I’ve ever read the books.
  • The deGrasse Tyson was on a whim.
  • I bought the Peters book because a friend recommended the series and while it is available at our library, this way, I thought I’d get to it on my own timetable.
  • I read a translation, I think it was abridged possibly, by Walter Starkie years ago of Don Quixote and enjoyed it. We have this translation at the library but it’s so huge that I’d rather have on ebook.
  • I tried to read H is for Hawk last year, but didn’t get to it so now I have a copy for when I try it again.
  • Yes, it would be better to have a print copy of the Hamilton book but now that I have a Fire, I think I’ll be able to see the pages well enough.
  • The Hate U Give was on a lot of bloggers’ “Best Of” lists for 2017 so I felt obliged to get and see for myself what all the fuss is about.
  • Hidden Figures: I actually got for my wife. The only bad thing is that it’s on Google Play Books, which we only can read on our phones, but at least we have it.
  • IQ is another one I picked up on Google Play Books, one of only three on this list not on Kindle. I was on hold for the longest time from the Free Library of Philadelphia that I just decided to go ahead and buy it.
  • Lord Foul’s Bane will be a reread…if I ever get to it.
  • Likewise, LOTR is a reread and I’ve only started it last month.
  • I think I read about the Sullivan book on some blogs and thought, “Why not?”
  • Mindhunter: Kim and I watched the show and loved it, so I thought I’d go back to the source, also on Google Play Books.
  • Mrs. Saint and The Defectives? To be honest, this was one I accidentally hit “Buy” on and didn’t go back to get rid of. I have no idea.
  • Punishment was purchased, I think, last week and was on a whim too. I think it might have been one that Kindle featured for January.
  • A Scanner Darkly, I have heard of it and want to read some PKD so why not this?
  • I love Sherman Alexie, what can I say?

Have you read of these books? If you have or haven’t, which one would you start with?

9 thoughts on “The Ebooks I Have Waiting To Be Read

  1. I don’t even want to look at all of the ebooks I have sitting around that I impulse bought for $2.99 or less! Of the ones on your list… I loved the Amelia Peabody books when I read them a long time ago, and Hidden Figures is a good read. H is of Hawk is on my list, as is the Alexie memoir and IQ. Good luck getting to these!


  2. I, too, have some of the ones you listed. I rarely buy ebooks. I usually just get them for free from the library using Overdrive. The only ones I actually buy or ones with a lot of hype that I want to read as soon as they hit the shelves.


  3. I listened to Astrophysics and LOVED it! DeGrasse Tyson makes astrophysics so accessible and interesting. It makes me regret my career choice.


  4. It’s hard for me to resist a bargain eBook and I have a LOT on my Kindle! Now that I’m moving 800 or so miles away I wish I had more of my books on the eReader! I have the H is for Hawk in my TBR pile, as well as the Tyson book. I also have always wanted to read the James Herriot series! Good bunch of books on your eReader! I’m going to have to look at Google play books and see what bargains they have, I always seem to forget about checking them out and I do have a few good Google play books. Enjoy your reading, Bryan!


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