My Post-Cookbook TBR: A Reading List for When I Finish My Manuscript

Posted September 19, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

The complete manuscript for my cookbook is due mid October, so it’s currently crunch time at my house. Husband and baby have been very understanding of how much time I currently spend tapping away at my laptop as I make final edits to my manuscript, but I’ll admit I’m SO READY to be done with this stage of the process. I’m a rather detail-oriented person who I often likes editing, but I’ve been applying the correct abbreviation of “tablespoon” and rewriting ingredients in order of use for almost two months now. Needless to say, I’m ready to get back in the kitchen.

Even though editing process can be tough and tedious, I’ve been motivating myself with the promise that I can do some fun reading once it’s complete. Here’s my post-cookbook TBR, which I plan to dive into as soon as I submit my manuscript:



My Post-Cookbook TBR


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I’ve had the audiobook for this checked out from my library for almost a month now and still haven’t gotten to it. A reader requested a menu on this a little while back, and I still promise to read it (I haven’t forgotten you, Theresa!). It’s #1 one the list once Operation Manuscript is complete!


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This originally wound up on my TBR for tutoring reasons, but I’ve heard so many good things about it that I’m genuinely psyched to read it now!


The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud

I’ve been following the Lockwood books since they first came out (you can read my interview with the author here). This is the last book in the series, and it actually came out the day I started drafting this post. Instead of snatching it up right away, I added it to my birthday list so I can save it as a spooky Halloween read for late October.



“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving

Another Halloween read. What can I say? I’m in the spirit. #Puntastic #NoApologies



The Geeky Chef Strikes Back by Cassandra Reeder

Hey, no one said they all had to be fiction. 😉


Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

While we’re on the topic of non-traditional books, let’s throw in a book of comics, because Sarah Andersen is awesome.


A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Back to the classics (they’re never too far away around here). I’ve been jonesing for some fantasy, and this would be just the ticket.


Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

For me, it’s simply not a TBR without an Agatha Christie reread.


The X-Files: Earth Children are Weird by Kim Smith

The X-Files: Earth Children are Weird
Am I allowed to add books I want to read to my baby? My list my rules, so I decide yes. 😉



The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King's Daughter by [Dionne, Karen]
I heard about this one on a DIY MFA podcast a little while back, and it sounds AWESOME.


What’s on YOUR just-for-fun TBR?








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3 responses to “My Post-Cookbook TBR: A Reading List for When I Finish My Manuscript

  1. Ohhhhh I really hope you like A Wizard of Earthsea! UKLG is my favorite author of all time, and the Earthsea series is part of my early foundation in fantasy lit. 🙂

    The Book Thief is amazing, too. But make sure you have tissues ready near the end. 😉

    Best wishes with the last few weeks of editing!

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