My “Want List”

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, wondering if other people make a “want list” to keep track of when new books by favorite authors, and a few select DVDs of recent movies, are due to be published. I’ve done this for ages, in a doc file with a printout for handy reference. I tend to check it on Tuesdays, which is when most new books are released. It’s eclectic, to say the least. The titles on it aren’t so much a reflection of favorite genre as they are of favorite authors. Many of them are fellow writers I’ve actually met. A smattering are acquaintances of long standing, thanks to frequent meetings over the years at assorted conferences and conventions.

On February 4, I downloaded two ebooks, J. D. Robb’s Golden in Death and Charles Todd’s A Divided Loyalty. I’ve already read both. Below is the rest of the current “Want List”:

Julia Buckley                  Death  with a Dark Red Rose (2/25)
Knives Out (2/25)

Midsomer Murders Series 21 (3/31)

Anne Perry                       One Fatal Flaw (4/7)
C. S. Harris                       Who Speaks for the Damned (4/7)

Amanda Quick              Close Up (5/5)
Patricia McLinn            Reaction Shot (5/20)
Nora Roberts                 Hideaway (5/26)

Lindsay Davis                The Grove of the Caesars (7/28)

Rhys Bowen                  The Last Mrs. Summers (8/4)
Donna Andrews           The Falcon Always Wings Twice (8/4)

In addition,I have a list of authors whose names I periodically check to see if they have anything new coming out. This doesn’t include everyone. I don’t have to check Amazon for updates to know when my fellow Maine Crime Writers have new books out. Ditto for the folks over at The Wickeds and at a couple of other group blogs I follow.

Donna Andrews
James R. Benn
Rhys Bowen
Jayne Castle
Lindsay Davis
C. S. Harris
Charlaine Harris
Jayne Ann Krentz
Anne Perry
Mary Jo Putney
Amanda Quick
J. D. Robb
Nora Roberts
Charles Todd
Lauren Willig

The final part of the Want List consists of two genres. movies—I wait until the DVD comes out for theatrical releases—and older TV shows, which I tend to buy a season at a time and binge watch. These move up to the main list when I have a release date. Here’s the current list. You’ll note that some of the movies haven’t even been in theaters yet. I tend to plan ahead.

Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker
Black Widow
Wonder Woman 1984
Miss Fisher movie
The West Wing,  seasons 2-5
Murdock Mysteries, current season

So, what’s on your want list?

With the June 2019 publication of Clause & Effect, Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett has had sixty books traditionally published. She won the Agatha Award and was an Anthony and Macavity finalist for best mystery nonfiction of 2008 for How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries and was an Agatha Award finalist in 2015 in the best mystery short story category. She was the Malice Domestic Guest of Honor in 2014. Currently she writes the contemporary Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries and the “Deadly Edits” series as Kaitlyn. As Kathy, her most recent book is a collection of short stories, Different Times, Different Crimes. Her websites are and and she maintains a website about women who lived in England between 1485 and 1603 at A Who’s Who of Tudor Women.


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2 Responses to My “Want List”

  1. I do this on Amazon and when they are published, I wait a week or so, check MaineCat to see whether any library has them and request. if no Maine library buys a copy, i generally order them through Bullmoose, read them and pass them on to a Maine library.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am SO impressed. I can barely keep track of my grocery list. Of course, if you saw my house, you would say “call the Health Inspector” this place should be condemned. I am saving clippings and bookmarking spots where people make furniture and holiday trees from books. In front of my house there is a little library…so some books leave that way. But right now, the scene is terrifying! And I am years behind on my TBR.


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