Currently on my Bookshelf

I’m the type of person who always has a stack of books taller than me on my reading list.  I’ve got a bookshelf in my room filled mostly with books I haven’t read yet, about 20 samples on my iPad, and a Goodreads account with more books than I can remember.  Somehow though, I always want more books.  I’m always looking for that one that’s going to be can’t-put-it-down, change-your-life kind of a book, so my list keeps growing.

Right now, these are the top 5 books on my reading list.

Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women

When my roommate and I saw this book in Barnes & Noble, her only comment was “oh, Kiersten. You need to read that!”

Bitch is a compilation of five feminist essays, critiquing on gender relations and “difficult women” through the lens of well-known women throughout history, like Hilary Clinton.

I’m really excited to read this book, as I’ve recently started reading more feminist works.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)

Alicia suggested this book in one of her older posts, and it seems right up my alley! I’ve always loved slightly magical books that seem to suggest that of course magic exists, and it’s all around us.  We simply don’t see it because it blends right into the everyday.  It’s the reason I loved The Night Circus, and Practical Magic.  It’s also why I’m thoroughly excited to read this book beyond the 20-page sample on my iPad.

An Anthology of Madness

In my last semester of college, I developed a love for creative non-fiction.

An Anthology of Madness is a compilation of short stories by Max Andrew Dubinsky covering topics like his addiction and homelessness, among others.

This book promises to be both heart-wrenching and thought-provoking, and it’s definitely on my list!

The Interestings: A Novel

The Interestings follows a group of friends who meet at summer camp for the arts the year Nixon resigns.  During that summer, they become best friends, and the book follows them over the course of their lives, detailing their friendships and what they ended up doing despite their love of art.

This is another book that I’ve read the first 20 pages or so of on my iPad, and can’t wait to read the rest of!

The Probable Future (Ballantine Reader’s Circle)

I’ve had this book on my iPad for a while, and have gotten about halfway through it.  But life, other books, and a difficulty getting through it have left it behind.  I downloaded this book because I loved Practical Magic, also by Alice Hoffman.

Typically, I’m not one to force myself to finish a book.  But I remember Practical Magic being difficult to get through as well, and I loved it.

What about you?  What’s on your reading list?


    I need to read that Bitch book obviously. :)

  • Lindsay Ropella

    You and I are two peas in a pod, girl. I have about 10 books on my shelf I have yet to read, and about 3 in the works right now. :) I haven’t heard of some of these but I’m excited to check them out!

  • ursulamyria

    These look great, espeically the “Vampires in the Lemon Grove”. I loved Night Circus and read it in one day, I just couldn’t put it down. Right now i’m finishing up “The Orenda” and it’s so good. Very violent but brilliantly written.

  • Stacia, Paper Swallow Events

    I want to check out Bitch and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. I read so many books, all the time, that it can be hard to keep track. I read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore earlier this summer and adored it. Right now I’m reading (and adoring) The City of Ember.

  • Camila

    That Bitch book seems very very interesting, I’ll definitely look into it! Thanks for sharing! Always enjoy book recommendations :)

  • Theresa Sutton

    The Interestings sound rather interesting ;) Thanks for tweeting to me. I’ll be sure to come back and let you know what I thought of if!

  • Emily Spada

    I love Hillary. Might have to read that book!