Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Culture' started by Suedey, Dec 27, 2018.
Let's do this. Mine is very long but will get to it in a bit.
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
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
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
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
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.
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).
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
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.
I actually have a special Murakami shelf
If I do hit my 20 book target for 2018 in the next two days (hear that @Mats ? ) 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.)
I have so many unread stuff lying about. I'd have to dig around.
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
I agree with Bev, the Kundera book should find its way into your itinerary too
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!
Also very interested in a few of Chlammy's selections.
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
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)
as if it will play out that way at all though
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
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.
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!!
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
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.
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?
I’m expecting a very sultry gem now
they’re both quite THICK, aren’t they?
Oh how I love this book. #MargaretAtwoodforumnow.
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.
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.
Is this our 2019 what are we reading thread?
Nah, let's post a separate one for that shall we? POST UP POST UP
I guess this will be on our reading list of 2019
What an ugly cover