There’s a lot of books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time – here is just a few of them:
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez – I’ve read Love in The Time Of Cholera before, and while I fell in love with the writing the story overall was a bit disappointing. This is his other ridiculously famous book which was written some twenty years earlier, so I’m curious to see how it contrasts.
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke – I actually started reading this and maybe got a hundred pages in. It was pretty good overall, and I was definitely interested, but as you all know I’m a bit of a manic reader and like to read several books at once, and this thousand-page epic victorian fantasy whatever the heck you want to call it just wasn’t what I was in the mood for at the time. One day.
- The Poet by Michael Connelly – I’ve been meaning to read modern crime fiction for a long time, and I’m told by a lot of people that this author and this particular novel is a pretty good place to start.
- One Man’s Bible by Gao Xingjian – I’ve read his other, Nobel prize winning novel, Soul Mountain, and it was one of the most challenging but mesmerising things I’ve ever read. I can’t wait to sit down and read this one when I get a chance.
- House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – This was a book which looked at what conventions of novel writing were, and then set them on fire and threw them out the window. With all sorts of bizarre formatting throughout the book, including pages with just one word, other pages with different fonts and colours, and other other pages with writing upside down, sideways, diagonally and so on, it’s about as interactive as a printed book can get without having pop-ups or choose-your-own-adventure embedded. It’s also supposed to be super creepy.
These are all books I will get around to reading, but all of them are in boxes in the back of a storage unit, and I probably won’t be reunited with them until I ship them over to Sweden later in the year. So in the meantime, I guess I’ll have to buy new books in Sweden, right?
What books have you been meaning to read for a long time but still haven’t read yet?