Kindle Paralysis

I figure we will be in Mexico for around five days; this means I should be able to read one, MAYBE two books, and even that will only be possible if I completely ignore my husband on all flights. So of course, it makes sense that I just borrowed twelve Kindle books from the library, guaranteeing that I will be so overwhelmed with choices that I will likely panic and just read the five Entertainment Weeklys I have stockpiled in my bathroom right now for the trip (I STORE MY MAGAZINES IN THE BATHROOM DON’T YOU JUDGE ME).

It never used to be so easy to bring so many books on a trip– back when books were still just stacks of paper sewn together (it sounds so barbaric when you say it like that), you could really only bring one or two unless you wanted to sacrifice your entire suitcase to reading material. This could be disastrous– if the books you brought were a dud, you were doomed to days of staring directly into the sun, burning out your retinas and cursing your poor decision-making skills. But it also limited your options and forced you to choose wisely.

Now I load my Kindle with abandon– in addition to the occasional full-priced splurge, I find myself haunting the daily deal sales and the year-end specials, which is how I ended up with an Andrew Jackson biography and several cult-escapee memoirs. When you throw in Overdrive, which allows you to check out Kindle books from your public library, my choices are essentially endless.

And that’s a problem. Not unlike my two-year-old, I do best in scenarios when I am given only two options. Once a third choice enters the mix, we melt down, choosing nothing and, more often than not, peeing ourselves.

Right now, I have managed to create a pretty fantastic line-up, which pretty much guarantees I will read nothing at all. Here are some of the highlights– any suggestions would be much appreciated!

  • A Manual For Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin
  • Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
  • Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
  • Peyton Place, Grace Metalious
  • The Daylight Marriage, Heidi Pitlor
  • The Martian, Andy Weir (keeping in mind that I am TERRIFIED of outer space, but I heard this book was excellent, so I’m taking a risk)
  • Down the Rabbit Hole, Holly Madison
  • Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  • How Did You Get This Number, Sloane Crosley
  • Eileen, Ottessa Moshfegh
  • The Narrow Door, Paul Lisicky
  • Bark, Lorrie Moore
  • Among the Ten Thousand Things, Julia Pierpont
  • Fuck Feelings, Michael and Sarah Bennett
  • Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
  • Beyond Belief, Jenna Miscavige Hill
  • Pretty Girls, Karin Slaughter
  • Purity, Jonathan Franzen
  • Dietland, Sarai Walker
  • Blackout, Sarah Hepola
  • Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee (I feel like I shouldn’t read this?)
  • Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Vaye Watkins
  • Dear Mr. You, Mary-Louise Parker
  • Side Effects May Vary, Julie Murphy
  • All three of JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels
  • A book about meditation? Which the idea of reading a meditation book kind of stresses me out, thus defeating the whole point

Anything I can’t miss? Anything I can skip? Please let me know in the comments!


  1. K-Ron · March 13, 2016

    Don’t read Peyton Place or anything by Karin Slaughter. How can you trust someone named Karin Slaughter??? You can’t. I would be interested to know if the Rowling books are any good so I vote for those.

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  2. Ems · March 13, 2016

    I read the first two and Purity recently, and all were fantastic! The benefit of short stories is low commitment level, and Fates and Furies has shorter chapters than Purity, so technically you can read the first two at the same time 🙂

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  3. Amanda H · March 14, 2016

    Beyond Belief is really good, if you like memoirs by cult-escapees. (I do). I made it halfway through Pretty Girls before flipping through it (as best I could in an ebook) to see how it ended. I never went back to finish it; and I’m not sure what that says either about the book or about me.


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