Books I Own to Read

As we all know, I’m an avid user of the town library, but I do actually have books that I own. And I’m terrible at reading them. I’m not sure why, but it’s so nice to just have books around my condo—just as decorations. In my office, I have a large bookcase where most of my books live, but some—okay, a lot—have made their way into the living room. 

However, I’ve made it a goal this year to read the books I own in addition to library books. At the moment, I’m re-reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman—which I bought in Maine last summer—and trying to make my way through the January 6th report; it’s probably going to take me all year to finish the 700+ page book as I’m also underlining and taking notes on tiny post-its as I’m reading.

Here’s the current list of books I own that I’ve yet to read:

  • People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry and The Idiot by Elif Batuman (bought at Barnes and Noble as part of BOGO 50% off)
  • The Baseball 100 by Joe Posnanski (Christmas gift from 2021)
  • Under the Dome by Stephen King (took from my parents’ house when I moved out)
  • Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Christmas gift from 2021)
  • The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama (bought at Target just because it’s Michelle Obama)
  • Unbelievable by Katy Tur (I bought this for my mom years ago and I somehow ended up with it upon moving out)
  • Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (all purchased at The Book Mill in Montague, MA)
  • Suburban Hell by Maureen Kilmer (borrowed from my mom)
  • Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter (given to me by a friend)
  • Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand (given to my mom by a neighbor who passed it along to me)

I haven’t been to the town library in a while—I miss the books!—and hope to get there at some point this month. My plan would be to read one book I own and one library book at the same time, but I also believe that the books I own will find me when it’s time. I usually don’t buy books, so it’s weird that I have a stack at home. It’s just comforting to have books around, okay?


  1. I’ve made a spreadsheet of the books I own and as I am going through the PopSugar reading challenge this year I try to find ones that will fit the categories off my shelf. Where did you get a book of the January 6th report? I downloaded it but don’t want to waste the paper to print it.

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  2. I’m not the biggest reader, but I do typically go through 3-5 books throughout the summer months while spending time on the screened in porch on my hammock (🙂). My husband is a big sci-fi/fantasy reader and has many complete series, so between the 2 of us, we have a pretty good library going on. In the future the plan is build some shelves in our basement and turn it into a legit library with a reading nook and possibly a rolling ladder…

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