New Amazon Wish List a Reminder to Find More Time for Books

I’ve spent the past two hours listening to the rain and creating my Amazon wish list. I usually e-mail myself titles of books that I want to read, so instead of having them build up in my e-mail box, I created a wish list to keep them organized and to remind myself that I need to find more time to turn off the computer at night and read all the books I’ve been saying I want to read.

In looking at my wish list, I realize that the books are almost all nonfiction and that they reflect similar topics: mothers and daughters, food, and diversity. I often write about these topics and want to read more about them to help develop my understanding of how they play out in my life and the lives of others.

I like reading books about other people’s lives, perhaps because I’m a journalist. By nature of my profession, I look at the world as an ever-evolving story. Oddball characters, random roadside spottings and all things novel make me wonder what stories are lurking in the background.

I’ve found that seeing these types of stories played out in memoirs, and reading about real-life people, can make you realize that as far out as your own struggles might seem, you’re not as abnormal or as alone as you might think.

The memoir I’m reading right now, “Mother of My Mother” by Hope Edelman, has been having that effect on me. It’s about the bond between generations of women — grandmothers, mothers and daughters — and how that bond helps shape women’s identities.  I’ve been able to relate to a lot of what the book says about loss and, in particular, the ways in which grandmas help fill the void that stems from maternal loss. The next memoir I’m planning to read is Mark Matousek’s “The Boy He Let Behind.”

If you have recommedations of books that I should add to my list, let me know. Though I love nonfiction, I like a good novel every now and then, too.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

4 thoughts on “New Amazon Wish List a Reminder to Find More Time for Books

    1. I loved “Eat, Pray, Love.” Such a good book! Really made me want to travel to the places she talks about in the book.

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