“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.”

-Austin Phelps

Right now I have 394 books on my Amazon Wish List.  So um, my coat would be pretty threadbare if I followed the above quote for my entire list.  But I do buy from it, on occasion (my husband and I differ on our definition of occasion).  Mostly I use my Wish List to refill my hold queue at the library.  Also, I must admit I’m hoping for that breathtaking tiara  moment when Amazon emails me to say I have won everything on it (which is why I’ve made sure a MacBook, Scrivener software and a Cuisinart ice cream maker are on my list too).

Anyway, here are a few new books that I’m excited about:

Available November 14th

I first started reading the Kinsey Millhone mysteries twenty years ago.  I can remember walking through the stacks at the library where I worked and picking up A IS FOR ALIBI.  I loved it immediately.  I know some readers don’t like that Kinsey is still “stuck” in the 80s (the first book was published in 1983, but each subsequent story takes place shortly after the other even though the books come out about once every two years), but I love it when Kinsey pulls out her trusty index cards to begin her detective work–instead of relying on computers, cell phones and the internet.

Available November 1st


CROSSED is book two in the MATCHED trilogy.  The first one highlighted arranged marriage dystopian style and I can’t wait to see how the main character Cassia deals with her desire to rebel against a society that does not believe in free will.



Available October 11th


This book had me at dork.  Oh and diary.  All you need to know is Nikki Maxwell is living her worst nightmare after she loses her diary.  I completely identify with it all.  One of these days I will have to post some exceptionally dorky things from my own tween diary.


Available now!

We buy this book every year.  I love the photos, the trivia and just the general oddities.  According to the review on Amazon, in this edition you can find out how much time you spend watching TV, playing video games, laughing, breathing and um, well farting.  Who knew?


And then I found the novel, LITTLE GALE GUMBO..  The book promises savory intrigue and family secrets, spiced with Creole flavor.

I just added pralines to my Amazon Wish List.


What books are you wishing for?



8 thoughts on “Shiny New Books

  1. Susanna Hill

    Great list! I love Kinsey Milhone and look forward to every new Sue Grafton book. This is one of the very few series that hasn’t fallen apart over time. With the possible exception of one or two slightly weaker titles, the series, and Kinsey, have held their own. I haven’t read Matched yet – my daughter has it! – but I’m looking forward to it. I’m sure once I’ve read it, I’ll be dying to read Crossed. And Little Gale Gumbo also looks great! Why am I not independently wealthy, with a library wing on the house? I guess that’s why they make libraries 🙂

  2. Suma Subramaniam

    Thanks for sharing your list Coleen. Wow! 394 is a long list waiting for you in Amazon.

    On my wait list , the next book I have is Bharti Mukherjee’s novel, “Darjeeling” .

  3. Abby Fowers

    First of all, I had NO CLUE that Amazon would send an email like that! Will they really? Cause I definitely need to up my wish list. lol. I am excited about CROSSED and those other ones look so cool too! I will add some to my wish list! I love getting new books!

  4. Stacy Jensen

    I add things to my wish list and then realize — it’s best to just put them “on hold” at the library. I have a stack by my computer “to be read.” Mostly nonfiction, writing craft books at the moment. Safekeeping by Abigail Thomas is the next one to be discovered.

  5. Sophia Chang

    Aww – so glad to know I influenced you in some way about commenting! I can’t tell you how glad I was to get all those comments on my post about people going to turn off word verification lol.

    I won Crossed in a giveaway and I’m so deathly excited!!!

    I know what you mean about the wishlist – I have stuff on there from YEARS ago.

  6. TL Conway

    Hold the phone! Does Amazon ever really do that? Email someone and tell them they’ve won their Wish List?

    *runs off to create fabulous, life-changing, wardrobe-enhancing wish list…

  7. ali

    LOL, 394 books. Yep! Sounds about right!

    I need to read CROSSED. Other books, um …. OPEN MINDS by Susan Kaye Quinn. Yeah, I think that’ll be my next read!

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