I haven’t been doing much reading lately and have a giant stack of books from the library that I keep renewing on an endless loop, simultaneously celebrating and lamenting the fact that no-one else wants to read them; as well as a few I’ve bought and not quite got round to. These are the ones I’m most desperate to read:
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
I recently subscribed to the Granta podcast and have been listening to a series of interviews with the writers they selected as their ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. I had never heard of Steven Hall, or his book but his interview really piqued my interest.
Letters to the End of Love by Yvette Walker
I like to read local writing and this has received lots of positive reviews; plus it has a beautiful cover.
Certainty by Madeleine Thien
The House of Rumour by Jake Arnott
I can’t remember where I first heard about this book but it looks like a bit of a genre bender and that interests me a lot.
Benediction by Kent Haruf
I’ve been wanting to read a book by Haruf for ages and happened to spy this one at the library.
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
I loved Joyce Carol Oates’ novel Middle Age and want to read more of her books; this is one I picked up at the opp shop a while ago and haven’t got to yet.
The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan is one of my favourite novelists of recent years but I haven’t yet got round to reading her debut.
Willpower by Baumeister & Tierney
I rarely read non-fiction but I’m hoping this book will hold the key to my ongoing struggle with eating too much chocolate and struggling to maintain an exercise routine even though I know it’s good for me in every way.
How to Read a Novelist by John Freeman
Have you heard of that documentary called The Smartest Guys in the Room? John Freeman is one of them! I was on a panel with him at the Perth Writers’ Festival and he was incredibly perceptive and insightful in his discussions about literature. These essays based on interviews with writers are beautifully crafted and I love to know what makes writers tick.
I am trying to read more Australian short fiction for a project I have in the pipeline – watch this space for more details, as they arise!
Your turn: Have you read any of these? What’s at the top of your reading pile?