Reading List 2018


I’ve made a list of books I want to read next year. ‘Want to’ means I may or may not end up reading them: I have no problems deciding a book is not for me mid-chapter or even mid-first paragraph. Some of the books on the list are those I stopped reading midway this year or last, not because I didn’t like them, but for some other reason, like I had to read something else for work and after that I was no longer in the mood for what I’d been reading before.

In my journal, I have a page divided in two. On the left is a list of books I want to read; I’ll enter the titles of books I do read on the right. I record most reads on Good Reads and, since 2012, I’ve had a Pinterest page for books I’ve read, but what the hell, I like lists.

Reading List 2018:

  1. Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
  2. Provenance by Ann Leckie
  3. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
  4. Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Ozuko (I can’t find my copy, which may be life’s way of stressing that that part of my life is officially over, LOL)
  5. Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan
  6. Saman by Ayu Utami
  7. Enrico’s Love Story by Ayu Utami
  8. Night Again (a collection of short stories) edited by Linh Dinh
  9. Love Like Hate by Linh Dinh
  10. Faith in Writing, essays by Goenawan Mohamad
  11. Women & Power by Mary Beard
  12. A Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam
  13. The Book That Made Me Me, edited by Judith Ridge
  14. Real People by Alison Lurie
  15. Jasmine Nights by SP Somtow
  16. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  17. Witness to My Life, the letters of Jean Paul Sartre to Simone de Beauvoir
  18. Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
  19. Feed by MT Anderson
  20. Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
  21. My Place by Sally Morgan
  22. Sin is a Puppy That Follows You Home by Balaraba Ramat Yakubu
  23. Musings on Wine and Other Libations by MFK FIsher
  24. A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes
  25. Image-Music-Text by Roland Barthes
  26. Power/Knowledge by M Foucault
  27. Southeast Asia: An Introductory History by Milton Osborne
  28. The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws by Margaret Drabble
  29. A Few Green Leaves by Barbara Pym
  30. Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar
  31. For Love and Kisses by Andrea Pasion-Flores
  32. Poor Man’s Wife by Eun Hee-Kyung
  33. Short Stories by Eun Hee-Kyung
  34. A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
  35. Greenwitch by Susan Cooper (re-read)
  36. The Dalemark Quartet by Diana Wynne Jones (re-read)
  37. The Earthsea Chronicles by Ursula Le Guin (re-read)
  38. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  39. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  40. The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
  41. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  42. Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
  43. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  44. The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla
  45. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  46. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  47. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Phang
  48. Reservoir Thirteen by J McGregor
  49. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  50. Seven Brief Lessons in Physics by Carlo Rovelli
  51. Forty-One False Starts by Janet Malcolm
  52. The Good Immigrant, edited by N Shukla
  53. Closer to the Chest by Mercedes Lackey
  54. Airs Above Ground by Mary Stewart
  55. Alone of All Her Sex by Marina Warner
  56. Diana Wynne Jones: Children’s Literature and the Fantastic Tradition by Farah Mendelsohn

This list is about me wanting to catch up with all the books sitting on my shelves and bedside table, waiting to be read. The only ones I don’t already own are Akata Warrior and Provenance.

I don’t intend to work my way down the list — that would be impossible. I read what I’m in the mood for and this list seems varied enough to suit most moods. Anyway, this flat is full of books and there are many more waiting to be read for the first time. I shall add to this list as and when, and cross out the titles when I’ve read or stopped reading them.

P.S. I wonder how much re-reading I will do next year. I know I want to read Greenwitch by Susan Cooper, but I don’t know if I will read the others in the Sequence. And I also wish to finally re-read Diana Wynne Jones’s The Dalemark Quartet. I shall add them to this list. Oh and the Chronicles of Earthsea!


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