I want to read it, but don’t own it


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme which I take part in occasionally. It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week a new topic is presented. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week our topic is the books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet. The reason I don’t own them in every case is because of the cost.

As I write this on August 25, 2014 the Kindle price is $11.99 to $8.89. I try to pay no more than $8.00 for my electronic books. (I make a few exceptions when it’s a favorite author and/or series!)

I keep track of Kindle books and their prices using the website: eReaderIQ. It’s a great way to keep track of books I want while waiting for the price to come down. I found out about the website when Li @ Me and My Books blog wrote an article last December about Free and Cheap E-books and how to find them.

The books are listed from high price to lower price. The links for each book go to Goodreads.

Moth and Spark by Anne Leopard

  • I heard lots of good things about this book when it came out and I’ve read some great reviews for it.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea #1)

  • So many good reviews from people whose blogs I follow.

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey (Expanse series #2)

  • I read Leviathan’s Wake, Expanse series #1 and loved it.

The Serpent Sea by Martha West (The Books of the Raksura #2)

  • I just finished Cloud Roads. That is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

The Martian by Andy Weir

  • This sounds like an exciting science fiction and it has good reviews.

Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke (The Immortal Empire #3)

  • I read the first two books in this series and would like to read the last book in the series (which came out in November 2013), but the price never seems to come down.

Masks by E. C. Blake (Masks of Aygrima #1)

  • Book 2 came out in August 2014. Both sound very good and this book has a beautiful cover.

Split Second by Kasie West (Pivot Point #2)

  • I read Pivot Point (book 1) last January and really liked it, but haven’t bought Split Second yet.

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (Memoir by Lady Trent #1)

  • This book came out a year and a half ago. It has a beautiful cover and good reviews.

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (Glamourist Histories #1) 

  • I bought book 3 when it was on sale awhile ago, but I’d like to read book 1 first!

What books do you want to read, but haven’t bought? Why haven’t you bought them?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

12 thoughts on “I want to read it, but don’t own it”

  1. The book from Corey and Brennen are both high on my list. Kate Locke’s series is interesting to me. I have only read two of those myself. Not a great ratio.


  2. So many great books up there. I know what you mean about tracking prices, I also belong to a forum where users will post great deals and price drops on fantasy and sci-fi ebooks. The Martian incidentally went down to about $5 last month, but I’d already gotten the audiobook like, a week before! Ugh! I also don’t know if you use bookoutlet.com but they’re a surplus outlet with some great prices on paperbacks and hardcovers. My co-blogger got a great deal on A Natural History of Dragons there, and I see Shades of Milk and Honey show up on there frequently, very tempting since that is on my to-read list too.


    1. Thanks for the great ideas, Mogsy. I’m going to check out bookoutlet.com and also going to remember to check out my library more often, too. And it’s really frustrating when you break down and buy a book and then it goes on sale the next week. 😦


  3. Thanks for the linkback 🙂

    Not to enable or anything like that, but the Martha Wells books are also available on Baen for $6: http://www.baenebooks.com/p-1582-the-serpent-sea.aspx (and DRM-free as well) – for whatever reason, Night Shade also sells via Baen. That’s where I got my version (still need to actually read the trilogy myself though, esp if you loved the first book!).

    I borrowed MOTH AND SPARK and THE MARTIAN from the library – neither blew me away, so I’m glad I did. I think I’ve seen the ebook of SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY on sale before, so hang tight…


    1. Oh, Li, that’s so great to know about the Baen Books. I’m going to check that out. I forget about Baen Books sometimes. I did love the first book, Li. I hope you will, too.

      I need to use my local library more!


  4. I’ll have to look at eReaderIQ! Not that I need a way to get more books but I do like being able to track sales more efficiently. Kindle book prices seem to fluctuate so often and it’s hard to keep track of. Thanks for sharing!


    1. eReaderIQ is great, Katherine. And I know what you mean about more books, but I can’t help myself when there are so many wonderful books…LOL.


  5. The Martian is amazing. The audiobook narration is great if that’s something you’d be interested in. My favorite audiobook ever.


  6. Shades of Milk and Honey has been on my TBR list for at least two years now. My library has the whole series, so I’m planning to borrow it from there. I think I’ll borrow Moth & Spark as well.


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