Reading lists for 2019

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  1. Suedey

    Suedey HELL-ON.

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    Let's do this. Mine is very long but will get to it in a bit.
     
  2. Phoenix

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    I’m not gonna read all of them (or any) but this is my list

    Circe - Madeline Miller
    The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
    The Obelisk Gate - N. K. Jemisin
    The Fox was ever the Hunter - Herta Muller
    The Winter Queen - Boris Akunin
    The Good House - Tananarive Due
    The Likeness - Tana French
    A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny
    The Ninth Hour - Alice McDermott
    Universal Harvester - John Darnielle
    The Leavers - Lisa Ko
    The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
    Quicksand - Malin Persson Giolito
    Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz
    The 7 1/2 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton
    Red Sister - Mark Lawrence
    The Poppy War - R. F. Kuang
    Vita Nostra - Sergey and Marina Dyachenko
     
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  3. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    Well, I probably have hundreds of unread books, so I will continue sifting through those - and through the books I continue to buy through the year. Once I finish book 50 (ideally on New Year's Eve), I genuinely have no idea what I will read next. I tend to let the books speak to me, rather than me picking one.

    I realise that makes me crazy, but so be it. MY BOOKS TALK TO ME
     
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  4. Mats

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    I also have small mountains of unread books towering on my shelves, and my grandmother has given me a series of six tomes about Norwegian sailors during WWII. I guess I’ll have to read at least the first of those so as not to disappoint her... and I shall be sifting through my Goodreads to-read list and compile something from that to post here
     
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  5. Raining On Me

    Raining On Me Jesus Loves Winners

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    There are hundreds clogging up my shelves, as they were ten years ago. Trouble is I tend to read before bed and depending on the day/what time I go to bed it can sometimes mean a few lines are read before I zonk out entirely, therefore 2 pages can take a WEEK :D

    Although other times I'll whizz through. I really need to get back in the habit of reading on the train. Even more so, reading in my own time at home when my brain is more awake but I find it hard to do that especially with others around.
     
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  6. Suedey

    Suedey HELL-ON.

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    I have decided to put a moratorium on buying new books (including and especially if they are amazing bargains from the charity shop) until I have read all the unread books on my bookshelves.

    Therefore, by default, my reading list for 2019 will be invariably heavily based on what is currently on my bookshelves.

    I love imposing rules on myself (invariably I end up breaking a lot of them but still).
     
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  7. Suedey

    Suedey HELL-ON.

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    Okay, so these are all the unread books* on by shelves. Obviously loads more on my kindle but I am going by physicals only at this stage. Some of them I have tried to read several times and have not been successful at finishing or even getting halfway through. I've emboldened the ones I definitely want to read in 2019 but feel free to strongly encourage or discourage me from reading any that jump out at you!


    (* fiction only - novels & short stories)

    Deborah Levy Hot Milk
    Hisham Mater In the Country of Men
    Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    F Scott Fitzgerald Tender is the Night
    Richard Yates Revolutionary Road
    William Faulkner As I Lay Dying
    Dodie Smith I Capture the Castle
    Jean Cocteau Les Enfants Terribles
    Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness

    Thomas Hardy Tess of the D'Urbervilles
    Mary Shelley Frankenstein
    JK Rowling The Casual Vacancy
    Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility
    Cormac McCarthy The Road
    Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
    Virginia Woolf Orlando
    Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse
    Haruki Murakami Killing Commandatore
    Haruki Murakami Men Without Men
    Haruki Murakami Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
    Hanya Yanagihara A Little Life

    Brett Easton Ellis American Psycho
    Mark Hadd The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
    John Grisham The Rooster Bar
    JG Ballard The Drowned World
    Margaret Atwood The Penelopiad
    Margaret Atwood Bodily Harm
    Donna Tartt The Little Friend
    Barbara Kingslover The Poisonwood Bible
    Leila Slimani Lullaby
    Earnest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
    John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath
    Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina
    Leo Tolstoy War & Peace
    J.M. Coetzee The Schooldays of Jesus
    Orhan Pamuk My Name is Red
    Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things

    Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Siri Hustvedt The Blazing World
    Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure
    Mario Vargas Llosa The Feast of the Goat
    Kazuo Ishiguro When We Were Orphans
    Kazuo Ishiguro Nocturnes
    Jonas Jonasson The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
    Elizabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge
    Jack Kerouac On the Road

    Samuel Bjork I'm Travelling Alone
    Christos Tsiolkas Barracuda
    Zadie Smith On Beauty
    Franz Kafka The Trial
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment
    James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Anthony Doerr All the Light we Cannot See
    Alan Hollinghurst The Line of Beauty
    Alan Hollinghurst The Sparshold Affair
    Austin Wright Nocturnal Animals
    Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex
    Lara Williams Treats
    Ernest Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea
    Elena Varvello Can you Hear Me?
    Terry Hayes I am Pilgrim
    William S. Burroughs Junky
    Salman Rushdiw The Satanic Verses

    Gregory David Roberts Shantaram
    Liane Moriarty Truly Madly Guilty
    JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
    JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
    James Baldwin The Devil Finds Work
     
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  8. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    From that list, I adore The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Poisonwood Bible, Lullaby, The God of Small Things and Olive Kitteridge. I did a couple of writing classes with Lara Williams, she's lovely and I like Treats. I don't have much time for Murakami.
     
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  9. Suedey

    Suedey HELL-ON.

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    I actually have a special Murakami shelf :shy:
     
  10. Suedey

    Suedey HELL-ON.

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    If I do hit my 20 book target for 2018 in the next two days (hear that @Mats ? :shy: ) then I may push up my 2019 target to 30.

    Seeing as The God Of Small Things and Olive Kitteridge are already on my listette, adding Lullaby will be easy too as it looks like a short quick read. Poisonwood Bible frightens me as do most books that start off with a family tree (a no no, MC remix, is usually my attitude.)
     
  11. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    I have so many unread stuff lying about. I'd have to dig around.
     
  12. Chlammy

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    The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
    Sugar and Snails - Anne Goodwin
    Primrose Hill - Helen Falconer
    After Disasters - Viet Dinh
    Less - Andrew Sean Greer
    Sweet Home - Wendy Erskine
    Always the Sun - Neil Cross
    Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep- Siba Shakib
    After Comes the Flood - Sarah Perry
    The Model - Lars Saabye Christensen
    Goodbye to Berlin - Christopher Isherwood
    The Detainees - Sean Hughes
    The Rest Just Follows - Glenn Patterson
    Maybe a Fox - Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
    Down by the River - Edna O'Brien
    The Sunlight Pilgrims - Jenni Fagan
    King of the Badgers - Philip Hensher
    Maps for Lost Lovers - Nadeem Aslam
    The Danish Girl - David Ebershoff
    Insomniac City - Bill Hayes
     
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  13. Mats

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    I agree with Bev, the Kundera book should find its way into your itinerary too
     
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  14. northernlad

    northernlad all flowers in time bend towards the sun

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    What a great list Suedey. A few of those same books have been on my shelves for years as well (Zadie Smith, Rushdie, Strout...). Rather amazed you got through school without ever having to read Conrad!

    Of the books you've listed I would give preference to One Hundred Years..., All the Light..., Middlesex, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

    American Psycho dead last, if ever!

    Also I put off reading Anna Karenina for a decade with multiple false starts until I stumbled across the audio book narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Can't recommend it enough!
     
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    northernlad all flowers in time bend towards the sun

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    Also very interested in a few of Chlammy's selections.
     
  16. Mats

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    I read a good chunk of One Hundred Years of Solitude but never finished it. not because I didn’t like it, quite the opposite, but I think I was too overwhelmed at the time. don’t take drugs from strangers and sleep on dirty floors after several days of pogo-ing, even if you are the punk cutie of the evening! it leaves little brain for not much else
     
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    okay, I'm going through my Goodreads now and starting from the oldest additions let's just say 15 choice entries out of the total list of 295 will suffice

    The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
    World Light by Halldor Laxness
    (I then see I have added Gone Girl but I have fuck all interest in that, especially now that I've seen the movie. REJECTED)
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
    The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
    Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (maybe it's Kidman thinking out loud that opening line in The Hours that makes me think my life will be better if I read this. I've tried once in the past, couldn't concentrate properly on her style but now that I've aged that might've changed)
    Oriental Tales by Marguerite Yourcenar
    Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
    Colony of Whores by Matthew Stokoe (Cows was grim, I wonder if it's a theme)
    The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
    The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
    The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
    Dear Life by Alice Munro
    Palm-of-the-Hand Stories by Kawabata Yasunari
    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

    WOMEN UP! add to that, most likely, some Danish and Norwegian publications and inshallah Abe Kobo's Woman in the Dunes and Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's Some Prefer Nettles as I've shamefully never read these staples of modern Japanese literature (and seeing that Bev praises the latter is all the more encouraging to get started)
     
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  18. Mats

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    as if it will play out that way at all though :D
     
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    n.b. I've also recently purchased Gregor von Rezzori's Memoirs of an Anti-Semite which I simply must make time for as the themes of it still seem extremely relevant
     
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    Suedey HELL-ON.

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    We did Lord Of the Flies instead of Heart of Darkness I remember. It was a last minute change. I wanted to read it for years but my dad (a professor of English literature) poisoned me against it for years - he hates it.
     
  21. Suedey

    Suedey HELL-ON.

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    I started One Hundred Years so many times and never finished it. Love in the Time of Cholera likewise. It aggravated me.

    All the Light .. as well, I was about 100 pages into it and then abandoned.

    But.. but... I loved The Rules of Attraction!!
    SOLD.
     
  22. Mats

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    the first two books of 2019 have already been picked for me, forced into my hands by me and Mr M’s cultural capital daddy last night when we left his soiree: Snow by Orhan Pamuk and If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
     
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  23. northernlad

    northernlad all flowers in time bend towards the sun

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    It's possibly a major character flaw, but @Mats reading The Blind Assassin for the first time makes me rather jealous to the point of wanting literary amnesia so I could experience that rush all over again. I'll try to be happy for him.
     
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  24. northernlad

    northernlad all flowers in time bend towards the sun

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    Also someone gifted me Roberto Bolaño's Savage Detectives and 2666 and I've never been able to get more than a hundred pages done in other. They're both supposed to be excellent though. Perhaps 2019?
     
  25. Mats

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    :D I’m expecting a very sultry gem now
     
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    they’re both quite THICK, aren’t they?
     
  27. Suedey

    Suedey HELL-ON.

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    Oh how I love this book. #MargaretAtwoodforumnow.
     
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    Oh I read that last year. Now I'm reading CAT'S EYE which I can't quite believe I haven't read before

    I've got the usual PILE of books to get through but I was AGOG to realise last week that I hadn't got round to the last lot of ALAN BENNETT DIARIES so OFF TO THE LIBRARY IT WAS

    On returning from St Glenda's, I notice something pink amongst the crocuses by the front gate. On closer inspection it turns out to be a dildo. How that came to be discarded there, and by whom, I have no idea.
     
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  29. dmlaw

    dmlaw Democracy doesn't work

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    I'm generally quite good at keeping up to date with my unread physical books and only have 15-20 on my shelves at the moment, none of which have been there for more than six months or so. I've just picked up a load of old Science Fiction from Fopp and so an currently digging into The Dispossessed.
     
  30. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    Is this our 2019 what are we reading thread?
     
  31. Suedey

    Suedey HELL-ON.

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    Nah, let's post a separate one for that shall we? POST UP POST UP
     
  32. Phoenix

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    I guess this will be on our reading list of 2019

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    What an ugly cover
     
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