By: Dani Kessel
Well, it’s official. My county has issued a mandatory stay-at-home order for at least the next three and a half weeks. My husband works evenings at the hospital. That means I’ll be alone a lot. So, in order to avoid my chaotic brain, I’ll probably spend a bunch of time reading and watching movies on the computer. If you’re in a similar position, I’m sure you’ll want a distraction too.
In case you are looking for new books or you’re just bored and curious, I’m going to share the list of books queued up on my Kindle right now.
- All of the Harry Potter books
How can I NOT have all the Harry Potter books on my Kindle? Harry Potter has played a major role in my life and the person I’ve become. Truth is, I’ve had the ebooks longer than I’ve even had an eReader. I’m currently about halfway through the first book. I’m pumped to have time to get through them all again. It’s been about 2 years since I read the full series.
- Summer Unplugged by Amy Sparling
I bought this contemporary romance novella because it seemed like a relaxing, easy read. I am not sure if it will be any good because it had mixed reviews. On top of this, I think I’ll have a hard time relating to the teenage protagonist who is technology-obsessed and behaving poorly. I didn’t have a laptop or cellphone for most of my teenage years. (My first phone was a cheap flip phone at 11 and only for emergencies. I had limited texts and minutes. I didn’t get a cellphone for regular usage until I was 16, and I didn’t have a smartphone until I was a sophomore at University.) Who knows? Maybe I will enjoy it though. We will see what I think after I read it.
- The Gay Girl’s Guide to Ruining Prom by Siera Maley
CW: Some characters in the book are homophobic/biphobic.
This book is an adorable LGBTQ+ rom-com. It plays on the classic teen movie trope where two people try to get revenge on an ex at the prom. Maley does a great job developing the trope further and subverting it though. There are so many layers to the characters of Zoey, Skylar, and Chelsea. PLUS, the book has great representations of lesbian and bi characters without making them into stereotypes. I’m looking forward to reading this again!
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
There is a horrible car accident. Instead of dying, the protagonist, Sam, is a mean girl who gets caught reliving the same day over again. She has to learn whatever lesson the universe is trying to teach her in order to get out of the loop. I loved the movie based on this book. I started reading it a while back, but I only got about two chapters in before life got crazy. I definitely want to finish reading this one.
- You’re Not Crazy–It’s Your Mother: Understanding and Healing for Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Danu Morrigan
CW: The author delves into trauma and the symptoms of having a narcissistic mother.
I want to be very clear; I am NOT recommending this book. It’s simply in my Kindle queue right now. I haven’t read it yet, so I cannot say whether it’s any good. All I know is that it was recommended by a previous therapist. And, unfortunately, I learned that Danu Morrigan does not actually have any mental health credentials or background. I am reasonably skeptical.
- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Honestly, I bought this book on a whim. It had an interesting cover, and people compared it to the book Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. After I purchased it, I read the reviews. They seem pretty good! So that’s something, at least.
- Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves
MAJOR CW: The book deals covers topics like eating disorders, alcohol abuse, self-destructive behaviors, suicidality, grief, mental illness, and LGBTQ+ sexualities.
I haven’t gotten too far into the story, but so far I love Danny. (And not just because she is bisexual and has the same name as me. LOL!) She is relatable, sarcastic, and extremely flawed. The narrative has a very unique voice. I enjoy that the book utilizes the in medias res writing technique. I have high hopes considering most reviews say this book covers very serious topics in a real way. Hopefully, it lives up to my expectations.
There you go, folks! Those are the books I’ve bought and queued on my Kindle. I’m looking forward to reading most of them. Frankly, the only good thing that I see coming out of this really difficult time for everyone is the ability to slow down and engage in hobbies. If you like to read, but say you don’t have time, here is the perfect excuse…
What books you’re currently reading or about to start? Share it down in the comments below.