Top 10 Books I Want to Read But Don't Own Yet

Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check them out for more Top 10 Tuesdays. 

I could also call this the Top Ten Books I will eventually buy because I want to support the authors (this is a conversation The Professor and I have had about our book buying habits). Also, how nerdy of me is it to admit that I have an entire Evernote notebook full of books I want to read but don’t own? Yeah, I admitted that.

1. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (http://bit.ly/lmh-tree). She will forever be a rockstar to me because she sent stuff (including a letter) to one of my students. And maybe she does this for a lot of readers, but I know that because she took the time to write a letter to one of mine, that kid fell into reading like nobody’s business. Not to mention how important and valued she felt as a reader. I will ALWAYS buy Lynda’s books. ALWAYS.

2. Conversion by Katherine Howe (http://bit.ly/kh-conversion). So I saw the trailer for this one and thought it looked interesting. Then promptly forgot about it. Grad school will make you do that.  Then we were on a bookstore date (as we do every so often) and I saw it again and thought it looked interesting. Lo and behold, it was already in my TBR.  I think that says something. 

3. The Girl Who Silenced the Wind by Meg Medina (http://bit.ly/mm-silence). So Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (http://bit.ly/mm-yaqui) is a huge hit with the girls I teach. There’s so much they can identify with, and for many of them, it’s the first book they’ve read with a protagonist (or antagonist in some cases) who looks and talks like them. New semester just started and I already have a kid I want to hand this book to. So long story short, another book by an author who speaks to my general population. Can’t go wrong with that. 

4. Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez (http://bit.ly/ljr-running). This one was recommended to me twice, once by The Professor and once by a student. The Professor says it’s definitely worth the read. 

5. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (http://bit.ly/no-witch) I heard about this one on YouTube, and have been curious about it. One of my other YouTube friends said it wasn’t something I would read, so of course, I have to pick it up.  They have a copy in the library at the school where I work, but I think The Professor might also be interested since it’s science fiction. 

6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (http://bit.ly/esjm-eleven). I’ve been hearing about this everywhere.  Book Riot, on the book blogs I read. I’d love it to be the next audiobook The Professor and I listen to together. It looks amazing. 

7. Fire & Ash by Jonathan Maberry (http://bit.ly/jm-fire). This is the final installment in the Benny Imura series. I saw it at Hastings a few weeks ago for $6 but I didn’t pick it up. I totally should have. Now I’m hoping it’ll still be there this weekend. You never know with the bargain books, though.

8. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (http://bit.ly/mafi-ignite). Okay, so I’ll admit I don’t own the second book in this series because I read it on Oyster. Wait. I read the first one on Oyster too even though I have a physical copy (which I lent to another teacher this morning, as a matter of fact). I am obsessed with Warner. I just can’t figure out his character and I want there to be more to him than the way his upbringing conditioned him and aaaaahhhhh. In my status update earlier I said I sounded like Juliette. So I want to finish the second one so I can move on to the third. 

9. Like No Other by Una LaMarche (http://bit.ly/ul-other). Another Romeo & Juliet retelling that celebrates diversity. Must read.

10. Schrag, Ariel. Adam  (http://bit.ly/as-adam). I haven’t heard much about this one, but I did read an interview with the author about writing for trans inclusiveness and I find that intriguing. 

What books do you want to read that you don’t own yet? 

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