Book Lust


It is a sad truth that I have a finite lifespan (and budget) yet a desire to read all the books. The books on my Reading Schedule (click the link to view) largely represent those I’ve been privileged to select from offerings by a range of generous publishers, and therefore are my priority, but they don’t embody my every bookish desire or interest.

I’ve noticed a trend for limiting to-be-read (TBR) and/or want-to-read (WTR) lists (the distinction for me being those already on my physical or digital shelves vs those that aren’t), but I’ve never felt the need to temper my book lust. If I see a book that interests me, I add it to my WTR without a skerrick of guilt, at the moment my WTR shelf at Goodreads has around three and a half thousand books on it.

As I currently feature my TBR in my monthly Bookshelf Bounty post, Book Lust will be a monthly post featuring a handful of published books I’ve recently added to my WTR.

What books are you lusting after? Do you have any of these on your TBR/WTR list? And please feel free to share your links in the comments if you have reviewed them.

(Covers are linked to Goodreads)


With words come power. But do you speak out or shut up?

Everywhere Sara Javed goes – online or outside – everyone is shouting about something. Couldn’t they all just shut up? One day she takes her own advice.

At first people don’t understand her silence and are politely confused at best. But the last thing Sara could anticipate is becoming the figurehead of a global movement that splits society in two.

The Silent Movement sparks outrage in its opposers. Global structures start to shift. And the lives of those closest to Sara – as well as strangers inspired by her act – begin to unravel.

It’s time for the world to reconsider what it means to have a voice.

A sharply observed novel, charged with compassion and dark wit, that will spark important conversations about how we live, relate and communicate now.



Who hasn’t wondered for a split second what the world would be like if a person who is the object of your affliction ceased to exist? But then you’ve probably never heard of The McMasters Conservatory, dedicated to the consummate execution of the homicidal arts. To gain admission, a student must have an ethical reason for erasing someone who deeply deserves a fate no worse (nor better) than death. The campus of this “Poison Ivy League” college—its location unknown to even those who study there—is where you might find yourself the practice target of a classmate…and where one’s mandatory graduation thesis is getting away with the perfect murder of someone whose death will make the world a much better place to live.

Prepare for an education you’ll never forget. A delightful mix of witty wordplay, breathtaking twists and genuine intrigue, Murder Your Employer will gain you admission into a wholly original world, cocooned within the most entertaining book about well-intentioned would-be murderers you’ll ever read.



A rollicking space adventure with a lot of heart

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possibly want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and some distance from her past.

And nothing could be further from what she’s known than the crew of the Wayfarer.

From Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the chatty engineers who keep the ship running, to the noble captain Ashby, life aboard is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. That is until the crew is offered the job of a lifetime tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet. Sure, they’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years, but risking her life wasn’t part of the job description.

The journey through the galaxy is full of excitement, adventure, and mishaps for the Wayfarer team. And along the way, Rosemary comes to realize that a crew is a family, and that family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe…as long as you actually like them.



Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great-uncle’s estate… and, unfortunately, his relatives. Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel. When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him, Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder against everything from bandits and roving inquisitors to her own in-laws… and the sword itself may prove to be the greatest threat of all.



Kathy has worked at beloved Brisbane indie record store Dusty’s Records for half her life. She arrived as a teenager high on her dad’s supply of Led Zeppelin, stayed through her twenties and suddenly thirty is on the horizon and she’s still there, measuring her self-worth by her knowledge of the Velvet Underground’s back catalogue.

Lately, though, cracks have been appearing in Kathy’s comfortable indie bubble. Her friends – feisty Mel, the only other woman employed at Dusty’s, and straight-laced Alex, whom Kathy has known since preschool – are growing up and moving on, while she’s stuck in a cycle of record store, pub, repeat, with the rest of the Dusty’s music bros. But how do you move forward when you’re stuck in a groove? And what happens when you realise that you’ve been working so hard to be part of the boys’ club that you never stopped to wonder if you should be creating a club of your own?

Her Fidelity is a feminist coming-of-age story for anyone who has ever felt that a song understood them more than their own family, for anyone who has ever felt like the culture they love might not love them back, and for anyone who has ever turned to Stevie Nicks for advice while ignoring the sensible people around them.


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13 thoughts on “Book Lust

  1. I don’t think that I could cope with a TBR list of over 3000 books!!!!!! I try not to add too many and generally they’re the ones that I think I might forget. I don’t add the ones that I see all over instagram and in book blogs as I know I will see them in the book shop or library soon. I’m currently lusting after The Adventures of Amina Al Sirafi as the cover is gorgeous and I love the idea of middle aged pirates

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  2. I think I might be one of the people you’re referring to when you mention a ‘trend’ for trying to reduce your TBR pile. Rather than some sort of competitive purging, I think of it more as a kind of spring cleaning, looking realistically at the books I own (in my case it’s usually ebooks) and asking myself, ‘Do I still want to read this?’ If the answer is no, I delete it from my Kindle. The same applies to my wishlist (books I was interested in but don’t yet own ). Often what appealed to me once, no longer does. For me, that makes it a more realistic list.

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  3. A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is a book I recommended to my nephew, and he loved it and went on to read the whole series.

    And, why, I’d like to know, aren’t scientists working on a way for us to read all the books? I’ve heard of no one working on this sort of research, and it is urgently needed.

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  4. I don’t feel any guilt either, Shelleyrae. My WTR shelf on Goodreads is just under 3500 books and I continue to add to it when I see one I want to read. Will I ever read them all? Probably not, but who knows.

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  5. I always have a long wishlist (some are from the Women’s Prize longlist at present). I’ve largely stopped accepting ARCs – seems crazy to pass up ‘free’ books but I felt too much obligation and have decided to read what I feel like at the time.

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  6. 3500 books on your WTR?! I am someone who never remembers to check the “I want to read it” list so that doesn’t work for me, but I love that you just add books and will (maybe) get to them. Like you, I get books in my possession, then get distracted by shiny new books. I have often wondered if my physical TBR shelf should be arranged in the order I get the books so that I am guilted into reading the newest ones.

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  7. I’ve seen Murder Your Employer a couple of places lately and it is definitely on my radar and I’m so intrigued! I tried to cut back my TBR but it turns out that all the books I’ve added to it over the years I still want to read so that didn’t work!

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  8. I am trying g to reduce my physical TBR because I have run out of space. So I review the list periodically and decide whitener there are some that have lost their appeal and can be released. Doing this stops me tripping over piles of unread books. It doesn’t mean I’m not buying though because I have little ability to resist temptation.


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