Bookish (E)nvy – 4 Books everyone is talking about that we haven’t read yet but want to

It’s easy to get distracted by all the shiny, new books floating around book blogs and bookstagram all the time, isn’t it? It’s a constant battle to read everything that catches our eye and we try not to keep mounting TBR (to be read) piles. However, once in awhile we get a little green with envy over some of those really fabulous looking books everyone is gushing about and add them to our list. Here’s four books we’re jealous everyone else has already read but us…


I’ve really been trying to ignore all the posts about new releases lately because it’s so easy to get distracted. For once I want to stick to my planned TBR and read those books I keep putting off but there are a few newbies that caught my eye and have been added to my list. Since I’m a library girl I’ll have to at least wait until my library adds them to the collection.

Someone We Know, Shari Lapena

Someone We Know

After reading An Unwanted Guest and really enjoying it I’ve decided that I basically want to read all of Shari Lapena’s books. Lots of people talk about The Couple Next Door so I suppose there’s a bit of FOMO on that one too.

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well–learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too. Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, Abbi Waxman

It’s been awhile since I read a really good contemporary. I don’t usually reach for that genre but this one looks just cute and quirky enough to keep my interested. Plus, who doesn’t like a good book about a fellow bookworm?

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all–or mostly all–excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is? It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to the fiction she’s always reading.


My bookish envy is for award wining books that I haven’t yet had a chance to read.

Milkman, Anna Burns

Milkman was this years Fiction winner for The National Book Critics Circle Awards. and last Booker Prize winner as well.

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumors start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

Milkman and Overstory

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The Overstory, Richard Powers

The Pulitzer Prize winners for this year was announced in April 2019. That’s when I first read the summary for the fiction winner, The Overstory, and that’s when it went on my reading list. Why oh why have I not gotten to it yet?!

There is a world alongside ours – vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

Which books have been inspiring your bookish (e)nvy lately?

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