1. How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman
2. Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien
3. How to Read a Novelist by John Freeman
The first three books on my list are all by writers I’m going to be on panels with at Perth Writer’s Festival in February, so I’d like to become familiar with their work before then. John Freeman’s book is a collection of interviews with some amazing writers, and I always love to read what writers have to say about their craft. Also, I have signed up again this year for the Australian Women Writers Reading and Reviewing Challenge and Emma Chapman’s book will count towards my challenge.
4. The People’s Act of Love by James Meek
James Meek is also appearing at Perth Writers festival and I’ve heard a lot about this book.
5. Underworld by Don DeLillo
I plan to fill some gaps in my contemporary literature reading this year, and I have committed to a readalong of this novel with Cristina from The Literary Bunny. Here goes!
6. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
I saw this book on a couple of end-of-year best-ofs and have decided to included it in my ‘neglected contemporary classics’ list.
7. New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani
One of my reading goals for 2013 is to read more broadly by reading more translated books, and I won this novel, originally published in Italian, in a giveaway on ANZ Lit Lovers so it seems a perfect place to start.
8. Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan
This is our first book club read for 2013 and I’ve seen it on lots of top tens around the place.
9. First Shift by Hugh Howey
I loved Wool and this book is the prequel so I’m very intrigued.
10. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
I’ve been struggling a little with mental health issues lately so a book about happiness seems like a good thing for me to read.
Your turn: What’s at the top of your reading list for 2013?