My Growing Wish List

The good news: Amazon wish lists make it possible for me to remember all the books I’ve seen that look interesting or heard about and want to read.

The bad news: Amazon wish lists make it possible for me to remember all the books I’ve seen that look interesting or heard about and want to read.

Why is this bad? Because as of today, I have 88 books on my Amazon wish list. That’s on top of the bookcase in my bedroom of books I own but haven’t yet read. And the hundreds on my kindle that, again, I own but haven’t yet read. Oh–and the folder in my Evernote files where I clip others that haven’t yet found their way onto my Amazon list.

That saying “too many books, too little time” definitely proves itself true in my world. Although I should probably add “too little money” to that list as well. (I’m not a very good library reader because if I like a book, I want to keep it.) I keep my eyes open for good deals. Sometimes I even take the plunge and pay full price. But that just means an open space to be filled on the wish list and another title in my hand to find time to read. It’s a vicious cycle, I know, but I can’t imagine my life any other way.

What does your book wish list look like these days? All one genre or a variety? How do you keep track of that list? On Amazon? On paper? Some other way? Does your list keep growing the way mine does?

6 comments on “My Growing Wish List

  1. I’ve been lamenting the same thing lately: too many books, not enough time to read. Like you, I have (literally) hundreds of books waiting to be read and several shelves full of books in my home office that I’ve bought and not yet read. They run the gamut from simple romance to long historical to nonfiction (I’m a sucker for books on productivity, writing craft, and “life improvement”). I really need to quit practicing law and just read full time, but with three in college and a family that’s accustomed to eating, I guess that’s not in the cards.


    • Wouldn’t it be great if you could make a living by just reading? But I guess that isn’t going to happen. Or rather, I guess it does happen all the time, we just aren’t reading what we want to be reading, right? I know from my husband that reading briefs and contracts is not quite the same as sitting down with a book! 🙂

  2. Good morning Mrs. Mateer,
    I understand 100% your problem. I too have an enormous “to read” list! Not all the books I want to read is the same genre, but I prefer only books that is set in the 1800s and 1900s. I keep a written record (on Word) and I download the front covers of the books I want to read, that way it’s easier for me to remember! And, sure enough, my list keep growing at an alarming rate! I wish I could find time to read all the books I want! 🙂

    • Having a way to keep up with the wish list that works for you is key, isn’t it? And I love when I know I have uninterrupted reading time ahead and get to choose something new from all those books I’ve noted on my list. Thanks for sharing your method of keeping track, Shirley!

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