Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’ve Read But Don’t Own

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’ve been trying not to buy a lot of physical books but…yeah that’s something that hasn’t been going so well.

I try very hard not to buy physical copies unless I loved the book (Sorcery of Thorns) or can’t find it anywhere else (Clear to Lift), because we move every three years (although it’s been every year for the past five years and I’m tired) and moving all these books is um, a lot. Especially with a bad back.

Also, when I get stressed I tend to check out a lot of books I’m never going to get time to read from the library, because I need to shunt all of my anxiety and unresolved energy somewhere so…this happened.

Um, yeah…

Anywho. I do plan on buying the books on my list, or at least putting them on my Amazon (yes yes shame shame I know I know I’m trying to do better and buy indie) wishlist and letting them sit forever as I agonize over whether or not I’m actually going to purchase them.

Some of these I already own, but either in audiobook, ebook or eARC form and I want a physical copy!

The Professional Military Educations

I’m well out of my active duty days, but for the first time in ever I’ve been making an effort to actually read books about the military. And the books I’ve been drawn to are memoirs written by women veterans. So many of their experiences (chiefly, feelings) are similar to my own, and so many of the fears and stressers are the same that it’s often hard to get through. But I’m so glad that more are being read, and I’m planning on reading at least two more by the end of the year: Jet Girl by Caroline Johnson and Fight Like a Girl by Kate Germano. Weird how all of these books have girl in the title, but eventually we’ll get beyond that. And maybe on that day the Commandant’s Reading List will have a book featuring women. And maybe when that day comes, the Marine Corps will actually value women.

Queer It Up

I’ve been reading a lot more adult SFF recently, most written by women and most queer AF (or written by POC, helluuuuuuu Ninefox Gambit). This Is How We Lose the Time War was amazing, even if it was a bit too lyrical at times, and A Memory Called Empire made me want to be smarter than I actually am—and I can’t believe that I have to wait until September 2020 for A Desolation Called Peace. Also, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was the bisexual anthem I never knew I needed.

Sheer Cuteness

Ever read a book that you just want to curl up into a ball with and take with you forever and ever and ever?? Each of these stole my heart and transported me into their worlds. While I’ve only read two of their books, Christina Lauren has become my go-to contemporary romance writers. I can’t wait until Ashley Poston writes another Geekerella fairy tale (with my favorite fictional fandom) and Check Please: Stick and Scones is coming out in April 2020—why do I have to wait so long for things I want to love?!

The Completionists

There are only four series that I insist on owning everything of—the Green Rider series, the Vorkosigan series, and the Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels series. Guess which ones I don’t own all of? Yup. I’m waiting for Storm Cursed to drop dramatically in price, and I’m cursing the publishers of Magic Triumphs to hell and back for publishing it in a different sized paperback than the rest of the series. Normally this doesn’t bother me, but I have nine mass market paperbacks that are all the same size and then there’s this one. Grrr.

So what books have you read that you want to add to your personal library?

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