Tuesday, September 25, 2012

to read list

I'm not always someone who has a clear list in my mind of what books to read next, and that means I don't tend to have piles of books waiting around to be read, like lots of bloggers that I read seem to do. This is great for not having unread-book-guilt, but terrible when I finish one book and have no idea what to read next. The panic! Happily, at the moment I do happen to have a large reading list lined up, and I'm a little bit excited about it. Now I can rush through trying to finish them all and put off having to worry about where my next book's coming from for a little while. So I thought I would share my current TBR list with you:

I borrowed a few from my friend (the lovely Georgia), which I have started on:

On Literature by Umberto Eco
I just finished this- really enjoyed the change of pace (it's non-fiction essays, I usually read fiction). Had some nice arguments with him about reviewing and symbolism and felt very inspired to read a lot more classics (for the intertextuality mostly).

Essays  by George Orwell
More essays! I think I am in a non-fictiony mood at the moment so looking forward to these

Love by Angela Carter
Borrowed to fill in my '70s decade for my Century of Books reading project, so should be blogging about this one. I've just started it and it looks like this will be an interesting read...

King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov
Haven't read any Nabokov, despite hearing wonderful things about his writing, and have no great desire to read Lolita. This should be good!

With the announcement of the Booker prize shortlist this year I had the vague idea that I have every year of trying to read all the shortlisted books, preferably before the winner is announced. This year might be the year? I've already read Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (and I really love this series of hers) and I went to my library website to see what was available. I now have holds on:
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
Umbrella by Will Self
Just have to track down The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, Swimming Home by Deborah Levy and The Lighthouse by Alison Moore.

I also put a hold on the latest Tana French Dublin Murder Squad book, Broken Harbour, a little while ago. There's a bit of a queue for that though so I'm not sure when I'll get to it. No matter! Plenty to keep me occupied in the meantime.

And I also noticed that there is a new Kate Griffin out, so that will go on the list, and I thought I might try some Pushkin, because I have always been intrigued by him but never read anything at all. But those might have to wait a while.


  1. Anonymous2/10/12 17:24

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  2. Anonymous3/10/12 05:19

    What a thrilling list! I hope you'll write about them. I have a copy of 'Love' by Angela Carter but I don't think I've ever read it, so I'm keen to know your impressions.

  3. I'm excited to have so much reading lined up! I am definitely going to write about 'Love', just as soon as I have finished off my uni work. I just finished reading it, and it was interesting.

  4. Anonymous9/10/12 22:04

    No reading list is OK. How about starting writing - beyond the blog I mean? What sort of novel would you write?

    1. Well, currently I do have a long reading list, and I'm enjoying it :) No novel plans as yet, have yet to even get into a regular blog posting schedule, I may lack the required dedication.