I have a private amazon wishlist called “Books” which currently stands at 160 items. It’s all the things that I want to bookmark for myself to buy and reader later, at some undefined point in the future, when I have the money or time or have read all of the books I already own (which will be never). So here are just a few, with a brief summary of why I want to read it.
The Vegetarian by Han Kang – I’d heard a lot about this book already, as it was all over BookTube a few months ago, but then it won the Man Booker international prize and it was absolutely everywhere. I have a particular fascination with translated literature, and I feel like not enough credit is given to the translators a lot of the time, which actually hasn’t been the case here – Deborah Smith has been included in much of the press coverage. It’s about a woman who becomes a vegetarian, which is an act of rebellion in her society. Any novel with a feminist theme – I’m there.
Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World by Jon Gnarr – Jon Gnarr is the comedian who stood for election to satirise existing parties, and then actually won. On winning, he proceeded to do a bloody good job, as far as I can tell. This should be a funny, interesting look at politics and at Gnarr’s experience as mayor. To be honest, the only reason I didn’t buy it immediately is that at the time, only the hardback was available, but the paperback was released last year and I still haven’t gotten around to it.
The Actual One: How I Tried, and Failed, to Remain Twenty-Something Forever by Isy Suttie – Issy Suttie is hilarious, and in all honesty I don’t know much more about this book than you could guess from this title, but I still want to read it. I think I did ask for it for my birthday, but I didn’t get it, and haven’t got my hands on it since. I think I’d have picked it up if I’d spotted it in a bookshop, but I haven’t. I’ll probably end up listening to it on audiobook, because I’m pretty sure it’s narrated by Isy Suttie herself and that’s often the best way to go with audiobooks.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff – I remember nothing about this book other than that Barack Obama recommended it. I think it’s about a relationship?
I Met Lucky People: The Story of the Romani Gypsies by Yaron Matras – I’m pretty sure I put this on my list after Leena of justkissmyfrog mentioned it (a lot of my book list comes from BookTube). I have been a lifelong fiction lover, but I’m getting more and more into non-fiction and this is a topic about which I know absolutely nothing. I will rectify that, eventually.
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon – I read and loved The Wrong Knickers, Bryony Gordon’s first book, last year, and this one looks to be very interesting, more so perhaps than her first. It’s about her struggles with mental illness, but honestly I’m waiting for the paperback, which is months and months away. Hardbacks annoy me because I carry my current book with me pretty much everywhere, and I prefer real books to my kindle if I can stand to wait.