Top Ten Tuesday’s is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week the Top Ten is: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately
Ten is not a big enough number for this one! I won’t pop summaries of the books from Amazon etc on here as I will leave the curious of you to seek that independently however, I will set out the reasons why I have bought the books and why I NEED to read them!
- Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama. I have heard so many great things about this Japanese popular novel recently translated into English (and published with amazing pink pages) that I must read it. Bought it last week – now staring at me. Reviews say it is a slow burner which I don’t mind but I think I may leave until Christmas so I can really get my teeth into it.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I know, I know. How can I call myself a bookworm without reading this great epic of a novel? Shameful! Hence the purchase (in a great edition…thank you Waterstones!) and one day my guilt will force me to pick it up and read it.
- The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts. I loved Roberts’ first novel: Shantaram. When I say love, I mean I swam diagonally across an olympic sized swimming pool to talk to a chap who I saw as I entered the pool (and he so happened to be on the other blooming side!) reading the book just so I could gush about it. It is often a book I think about and I longed for the sequel to come out and it has (a long time ago) and I have yet to pick it up. I feel to do Roberts justice I must re-read Shantaram but at nearing on 900 pages that is no small feat…perhaps another one for Christmas?
- Hystopia by David Means. A Man Booker longlisted novel which has been staring at me since its nomination. I stare back at it and think do I know enough about American politics to read and appreciate this book? I must give it a go as the concept sounds brilliant.
- Human Acts by Han Kang. See my post on The Vegetarian as to why I bought this book in a hurry!
- The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver. This tells the story of a family in the future. I was hoping to read this and Hystopia around the same time and see if the two were similar in approach at presenting alternative societies plus…Who could forget We Need to Talk About Kevin?
- The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest. I saw Tempest deliver her new album, Let Them Eat Chaos, as spoken word on a wonderful island called Obonjan earlier this year and considered her to be a rare talent. Seeing as this is her debut novel, I gladly picked up the hardback and have it posing wonderfully on my shelf…now when do I read it…
- The Lesser Bohemians (and A Girl is a Half Formed Thing come to think of it!) by Eimear McBride. I bought both on a quest to read McBride’s work. There was quite a bit of press around the former and I remember the latter being a hit so ones to definitely take a peek at!
- Wild Swans by Jung Chang. I recently finished Do Not Say We Have Nothing (blog post due shortly) and raved about it with a friend who recommended this book. I do not have nearly enough knowledge of Chinese history so in the basket it went!
- The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan. I saw a tweet about this book from the LA Review of Books noting how it is a finalist in the 2016 National Book Awards. I am not sure how it fared but the subject matter of essentially a ripple effect hooked me and it was pre-ordered the next day.
Gosh! I wish that was all the books that I have bought and not read recently but these are my must reads out of the recently bought books!
Have you read any of the above? Which one do you think I ought to start with? Should I continue to hang my head in shame at the fact I have not yet had the pleasure of reading Jane Eyre?
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Many thanks for reading and I look forward to reading all of your Top Ten Tuesday posts.