I have a confession…
I cannot stop buying books for my Kindle. I know, I know, support my local library and all that. But when I see those ‘daily deals’ books pop up for $1.99 it’s sooooo hard to resist. While I’m proud of the number of books I read, my Kindle library is getting out of control.
Fortunately, since you guys are also readers it means you might have the same problem.
Maybe we can form a support group?
The only way I can think about confronting my shame is sharing the books I have downloaded right now on my Kindle. Well, I guess the other way could be to stop buying books.
You might ask why do I have all these books downloaded? The easy answer is I read a bunch at once. I know it’s probably counterintuitive. And I’m sure it actually causes me to finish books more slowly. But, since I average just under 50 a year, I’m not too worried.
Sometimes I like to bounce. I tend to go with heavy history reads. Frankly, there is only so much you can take of Nazi’s before you want to read about baseball.
Something that is interesting is the patterns I have in my reading right now. They seem to fall into a few categories: Russia (ahem), financial markets, and content marketing.
I tend to read in chunks where I’d devour 3-4 books on a topic before moving on to the next. In the past, I’ve powered through phases where I became obsessed with such topics as:
- Mount Everest (and included tragedies)
- Fundamentalist Mormons (especially polygamists)
- Serial Killers (no surprise based on my last post)
- Shipwrecked People (bonus points if reverted to cannibalism to survive)
Check back in six months and I’ll probably be obsessed with something else.
My Kindle Library
Here are the books I’m currently working my way through. I don’t want to go too into them since they will likely be highlighted in a forthcoming “Monthly Reads” post. But I’ll give a little bit of a synopsis.
Washington Journal by Elizabeth Drew (7%)
Admittedly, I don’t know that much about the details behind Watergate. I know that it was a hot mess and a President resigned in disgrace. We all know about Woodward and Bernstein but I didn’t know about Elizabeth Drew.
She was recently on the Ezra Klien Podcast talking about how she turned her diaries about the Watergate Crisis into a book.
Seasons in Hell: The Worst Team in Baseball History by Mike Shropshire (16%)
There’s no denying my love of baseball (I even have a new site dedicated to baseball books). So I typically have one in the mix to turn to when I want something light and fun. This is no exception to the rule.
It follows Shropshire as he covered the 1973-1975 Texas Rangers. I’m only in spring training thus far, but it’s been a laugh out loud read.
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein (12%)
Back before I started working for myself my other life was spent in corporate finance. I worked for a number of big name banks and dabbled in hedge funds before I left for greener pastures.
Now that I have a bit of distance between myself and those halcyon days, I find myself drawn again to books about finance, yup I still enjoy it.
The remaining books are those I’ve got downloaded but haven’t started…yet. Though I don’t usually go more than three books at a time.
See if you can spot any patterns!
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough and John Heylar
This has been on my to-read list for a while. I was happy to pull the trigger on it when it was one of my beloved Kindle Daily Deals a few days ago.
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
I am an unabashed Michael Lewis fan girl. I’ve read virtually everything he’s written since I first plowed through Liar’s Poker.
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1945-1956 by Anne Applebaum
I’ve read a ton about World War II but once the story ends with the Allies winning, I never really went beyond that. So I’m excited to dig a bit more into this area of the world.
Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick
Russia has always been a country that’s fascinated me, even though it’s pretty hot in the news right now. I’ve heard really good things about this book and it won a Pulitzer Prize.
Epic Content Marketing by Joe Pulizzi
Since I am technically a marketer in my real life, I know Joe Pulizzi is one of the true masters of the game. I recently got this recommended to me, so had to pick it up.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
I love, love, loved Amor Towles’ other book A Gentleman in Moscow (Russia strikes again!) so picking his first book up was pretty much a no-brainer for me.
The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan by Laurence Leamer
I’m actively trying to read more books about history as folks of color have experienced it in America. I thought this looked like a pretty compelling true story.
There you have it, my Kindle Library. Hopefully, this will keep me accountable to stop buying and start reading many of these books. What’s in your library?