My Virtual Nightstand

My Virtual Nightstand

The other day, I was chatting with a few friends, and we were talking about our to-read stack. We all have them, the books you’ve purchased queued up to read in no particular order. For some, it sits on our nightstand. For others, it’s on a shelf. These days it might be a collection of files on your Kindle. Voracious readers all have them—myself included.

As we talked, I realized I didn’t have a good way for me to track my own to-read stack. Afterall, while I do read primarily on my Kindle, I have a lot of physical books as well. My to-read stack was all over the place! Knowing what I have and what I could start next was a tad cumbersome.

But, I think I’ve come up with a solution. I’ve decided to start using Goodreads’ “To-Read” feature to list my collection of owned but unread books. This way, when I finish a book, I have one spot where I can peruse everything I have on hand. Since the list is public, I figured a quick post was necessary to explain how I’m using it. (I track books I intend to purchase with a different method.) These aren’t just books I’m interested in, these are books I’ve committed to reading eventually.

There’s no particular order, but feel free to check it out my list below. Maybe you’ll find something in my to-read stack that’ll pique your interest. Happy Reading!

K. M. Alexander’s To-Read List →

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More Bookquisitions!

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Productive weekend is productive: I’m now over 30% complete with book three’s rough draft, I’m getting things finalized for some con appearances, and getting some financials sorted out. (Taxes reminded me that I needed to do this sooner rather than wade through trouble later.)

However, I did acquire some new books and my stack has grown (both virtually and IRL.) So as I have done before, I figured I’d fill you all in on my recent bookquisitions:

Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: A Memoir of a Barefoot Doctor in VietnamFourth Uncle in the Mountain: A Memoir of a Barefoot Doctor in Vietnam
by: Marjorie Pivar & Quang Van Nguyen
My friend Steve recommend this to me, and since he was the guy who recommended I pick up Cormac Mccarthy’s Blood Meridian last year—now my 2nd favorite book of all time—I am chomping at the bit to dive into this as well. The pitch for it sounded very fascinating, part memoir and part magical realism set in Vietnam during the French and American war. Excited to get into this one.

Flight of the SilversThe Flight of the Silvers
by Daniel Price
My friend Ben pointed this one out to me. The pitch for this sounds fascinating. It’s part science fiction, part end of the world, and part esoteric afterlife story. It’s set in what sounds like a cool and unique world and got bonus points for having such a rad cover.

The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed AmericaThe Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
This has been on my to-read list forever. I love history and try to read a lot of it. I hear nothing but good things about Larson’s treatment of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and the murders committed by Dr. Henry H. Holmes. Glad to finally have a chance to read it.

Half BadHalf Bad by Sally Green
I try to mix YA into my pile, and I have heard good reviews about Green’s urban fantasy YA Half Bad, I wasn’t sure if it’d be my cup of tea but it’s damn fine book trailer helped seal the deal.

I’m always looking for new books. Currently I am hunting for some recommendations on romance novels, and as always, I’m looking for recommended indie titles. If you have a book recommendation for me please leave a comment! Don’t want to leave a comment? Shoot me an email: and let me know what you think I should add to the stack.