Wishes for My TBR Pile #15: (I Don’t Know What to Place Here)

Wishes for My TBR Pile is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get.

I’ve decided to format this a little differently this time. Usually, I would include the summary of the book from Goodreads but I’ll leave it out from now on because it makes these posts quite long. However, I will continue to include the link to Goodreads so you can find out more if interested. The link to Goodreads is on the titles.

At the Existentialist Cafe

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others by Sarah Bakewell

A recent release, Bakewell’s book is about the history of existentialism. I first heard of it on Books, the Universe, and Everything, where Emily wrote a great review on it. I don’t know much about existentialism, but I’m curious and this sounds like it will be a good read.

Living Beautifully

Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chödrön

I came across this one while perusing Book Outlet one night. I was tempted to purchase it but I stilled my trigger finger and instead directed it to clicking on my library’s website to see if they have a copy. They do. The title says it all. It’s something I need to read and Chödrön gives good advice. Plus, Emily gave it 5 stars on Goodreads so I know it’s good.

Moonshot SOFT Cover

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection (Vol. 1) by Hope Nicholson

This one I discovered on Rich in Color. I love the cover illustration and it sounds like it will be a good read too. It is a collection of comics on North American indigenous storytelling. According to the review on Rich in Color, the traditional stories in the book are presented “with the permission from the elders in their respective communities, making this a truly genuine, never-before-seen publication.” I’d love to read them.

**Shortly before publishing this blog post, I visited the publisher’s website, Alternate History Comics. They have some really cool comics on there. I love the art work. I’m definitely getting Moonshot.

Kabuki, Vol. 1: Circle of Blood by David W. Mack

Emma, Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori

I discovered these on Misty’s booktube channel, the Book Rat. She did a graphic novel/comics recommendations video a while back in which she mentioned these. Kabuki is a comic set in future Japan about government relations with criminals, I believe. I placed it on my TBR because I want to check out the art style. Misty says it has watercolor. Emma is a manga and I think the story is similar to Jane Austen’s Emma. Again, I’m curious about the art style so I added it.

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 by Sui Ishida

I’ve seen reviews of this anime before but decided to add the manga to my TBR after seeing it listed in a Top Ten Tuesday post on A Stranger’s Guide to Fiction. It’s about a boy who is turned into a ghoul.


Sick: A Novella by Christa Wojciechowski

I added this to my TBR immediately after reading a review of it on SciFi and Scary. Lilyn didn’t like it and was so disgusted by it that I got curious and wanted to read it myself. She says it’s well-written. So well-written + repulsive = me curious.

It’s about a woman caring for her chronically ill husband.


Shelter by Jung Yun

A review of this swooped in on a BookPage newsletter a couple weeks ago and it sounds like something I’ll enjoy reading. It’s about a man struggling to take care of his family and the tension between him and his parents.

The Books that Changed My Life

The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People by Bethanne Patrick

Another book Emily told me about via her blog. I swear, every time I hop over there I leave with something to add to my TBR. The title says it all.

Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Here’s another that I’d really like to get soon. I didn’t care much for it at first, but people’s reviews of it appealed to me. And it’s not that the reviewers are hyping the book, they just point out things that make the story great, things that I’m sure I’ll enjoy too. Here’s the booktube review that convinced me to get it.

A Doubter's Almanac

A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin

This time it was an author interview in a BookPage newsletter that sparked my interest in a book. The is book about a genius who’s an alcoholic.

Have you read any of these books? What books did you recently add to your TBR?

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