5 Books I Want to Read: Currently in my TBR

I keep a wish list on Goodreads called "want to read". I went through it and culled so much. It was over 3500 books at one point, but as I went through it, I realized a couple of things.

I didn't recognize many of the books. I couldn't remember why I had added them to the list. I also recognized that my tastes have changed over the past few years. So, off a bunch went. 

I will probably cull some more at some point. My Goodreads list is currently at 1359.

I also have two stacks of books on my night stand, and I have vowed to read through many of those this year. The Kindle is another story. Let's not go there.

I used to highlight five books I want to read. So, I thought I would do that again. Let's see what's on the reading radar.

These books are all currently sitting on the aforementioned nightstand.


Smart Mouth
by Holly Lorincz

Addison Taylor is terrified of conflict. And now Vice-Principal Ford wants twenty-three year old Addy to birth a debate program – on her first day as a high school English teacher. She hasn’t even developed an adult backbone yet.

Addy’s not here for the kids. She’s here in the hallowed halls of education and derision, of conflict and drama, because this is her Mt. Everest. If she doesn’t get on top of her stultifying shyness, she’s going to end up an old lady dressed in cat cardigans with only a chin wart for company.

So, no she can’t quit. She has to prove she can do this, that she can be a functioning cog in the wheel of adulthood. It won’t be easy. She’s also faced with a condescending boss, a teen with a bloody secret, a jealous boyfriend, a criminal investigation, a natural disaster, and a rag-tag team of debaters looking for a way out of poverty and dysfunction. Like all of us, she must find the courage to open her smart mouth, let her voice fly. If she doesn’t get this right, she’ll fail. Ultimately, though, it’s the kids who will really suffer.

Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman

Madly, Deeply is a rare invitation into the mind of Alan Rickman—one of the most magnetic, beloved performers of our time.

From his breakout role in Die Hard to his outstanding, multifaceted performances in the Harry Potter films, Galaxy Quest, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and more, Alan Rickman cemented his legacy as a world-class actor. His air of dignity, his sonorous voice, and the knowing wit he brought to each role continue to captivate audiences today.

But Rickman’s ability to breathe life into projects wasn't confined to just his performances. As you'll find, Rickman's diaries detail the extraordinary and the ordinary, flitting between worldly and witty and gossipy, while remaining utterly candid throughout. He takes us inside his home, on trips with friends across the globe, and on the sets of films and plays ranging from Sense and Sensibility, to Noël Coward's Private Lives, to the final film he directed, A Little Chaos.

Running from 1993 to his death in 2016, the diaries provide singular insight into Rickman's public and private life. Reading them is like listening to Rickman chatting to a close companion. Meet Rickman the consummate professional actor, but also the friend, the traveler, the fan, the director, the enthusiast; in short, the man beyond the icon.

Madly, Deeply features a photo insert, a foreword by Emma Thompson, and an afterword by Rima Horton.

The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? A novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person?

Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Are you noted for your empathy? Your conscientiousness? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

Over twenty percent of people have this amazing, innate trait. Maybe you are one of them. A similar percentage is found in over 100 species, because high sensitivity is a survival strategy. It is also a way of life for HSPs.

In the 20th Anniversary Edition of this groundbreaking classic, Dr. Elaine Aron, a research and clinical psychologist as well as an HSP herself, helps you grasp the reality of your wonderful trait, understand your past in the light of it, and make the most of it in your future. Drawing on her many years of study and face-to-face time spent with thousands with HSPs, she explains the changes you will need to make in order to lead a fuller, richer life.

Bad Mormon: A Memoir
by Heather Gay

Drinking and Tweeting meets Unorthodox in this vulnerable memoir about The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star’s departure from the Mormon Church, and her unforeseen success in business, television, and single motherhood.

Straight off the slopes and into the spotlight, Heather Gay is famous for speaking the gospel truth. Whether as a businesswoman, mother, or television personality, she is unafraid to blaze a new trail, even if it means losing family, friends, and her community.

Born and bred to be devout, Heather based her life around her faith. She attended Brigham Young University, served a mission in France, and married into Mormon royalty in the temple. But her life as a good Mormon abruptly ended when she lost the marriage and faith that she had once believed would last forever.

With writing that is beautiful, sad, funny, and true, Heather recounts the difficult discovery of the darkness and damage that often exists behind a picture-perfect life, while examining the nuanced relationship between duty to self and duty to God. Exposing secrets she once held sacred, Bad Mormon is an unfiltered look at the religion that broke her heart.

A revealing and ultimately hopeful memoir, Bad Mormon is a captivating read in the vein of Untamed, Educated, and Me Talk Pretty One Day.


What about you? What books are on your "want to read/wish" list?