There are some super exciting reads coming up for me soon and there are also some pretty sick releases that I am looking forward to, so lets get into it!
The books that I have already purchased and are to be read are:
- Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami (surprise surprise)
a novel about more of what Murakami is good at: what it is to be human in a life that kicks you when you’re down. It is a psychological work of fiction and draws you into its spiralling exploration into the mind of an artist.
- 1Q84 part 3 by Haruki Murakami.
i have conquered part 1 and 2 of this brilliant science fiction series, delving into the concepts of parallel universes and religion. I am beyond excited to complete this narrative.
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.
a memoir about the life of Trevor Noah, a South African comedian, born a crime as the son of a white father and black mother, of which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. He speaks in his coming-of-age autobiography about the isolation and fear as a ‘criminal’ in a dangerous land with a comedic touch.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini
set amidst the war and devastation that exists in Afghanistan, this novel is about the communion of unlikely friends. Relationships that blossom despite the hardship and difficulty that they must face due to the history of their country. It is said to be a heartbreaking and insightful read, my favourite kind.
- Lust by Roald Dahl.
whilst I thought that Roald Dahl was only a children’s author, I stumbled upon his series of adult books and was intrigued. Lust is 10 dark stories that explore the role that lust plays in the lives of human beings and what it depicts us as in our true nature.
And those to be borrowed or purchased on my wishlist:
- Testaments by Margaret Atwood.
a sequel to her incredibly renown novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. It is a very much anticipated novel, it finally reveals what happens to Offred and Gilead as a whole. I am unsure of this development in the novel as it felt right for it to end with such a sinister tone to match the environment it was set in. But I am excited to find out nonetheless.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
it is World War 2 and we are in the setting of Nazi Germany. When a young girl’s brother dies she finds a passion for books and words as a whole and so her book thieving begins and she finds herself stealing from wherever she can find them. Of course in a Nazi occupied area it is dangerous to read the wrong literature. The young girl finds her world changes when her family hide a Jew in their house. – This is of course an absolute classic so I’m ashamed I haven’t read it but I reckon I’m going to love it.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
the workings of a highly troubled poet, Plath presents a deep understanding of a woman’s decent into insanity, spiralling so far down from success it draws the reader right into this state of mind.
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
a mystery novel about the lives of students who attend a school from which they are not permitted much contact with the outside world and are taught nothing of it. It produces hard working and very intelligent students but when they leave they’re shocked by the world they meet as it may as well be a new world compared to the school they came from.
- Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan.
I have read Atonement and The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan, the former I enjoyed much more than the latter. The Cement Garden just creeped me out far too much for it to be at all enjoyable for me. However, Machines Like Me sounds much more ‘up my street’. It tells the story of an alternate 1980’s England, focusing on the psychology and moral developments in a romantic relationship between a man, woman and their android.
I’m super excited about these reads, it seems unlikely that I won’t like any because I feel like they’re all pretty solid. Here’s to the Goodreads challenge!