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Reading List

I’m always on the lookout for new books to read and recommendations. My to-read list, as usual, is embarrassingly long and just getting longer, but at some point I just accepted the fact that I’ll never have a list with fewer than, say, ten¬†books on it.

Here’s what’s next for me:

  • The Secret History, Donna Tartt
  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  • Ship of Fools, Richard Paul Russo
  • Luna: New Moon, Ian McDonald
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Alice Hoffman
  • Flow Down Like Silver: Hypatia of Alexandria, Ki Longfellow
  • Elantris, Brandon Sanderson
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
  • Downbelow Station, C. J. Cherryh
  • Crashing Heaven, Al Robertson
  • Death’s End, Cixin Liu
  • Mars Trilogy, Kim Stanley Robinson

What’s on your to-read lists? (And if you think there’s a book or two I should add to my list, let me know in the comments!)

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Favourite 15 Books

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami
  • The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
  • Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Children of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovksy
  • WOOL, by Hugh Howey
  • 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
  • The Dinner, by Herman Koch
  • Batavia, by Peter FitzSimons
  • Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
  • The Beach, by Alex Garland
  • The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu
  • The Mistborn Trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson

There’s a bit of a surreal/gothic/sci-fi/fantasy theme going on here. I’m not very consistent when it comes to genres – sometimes I’ll be on a speculative fiction kick, sometimes psychological thriller/crime, sometimes non-fiction. But the one thing that all of these books have in common is that they’ve all left an impact; reading them changed me in some way. Hard-hitting, confronting, deeply unnerving – some of them are¬†genre-changing, and all of them pack an emotional punch and make us questions things about ourselves and the world we live in.

I love hearing about other peoples’ favourite books – what are yours? Let me know in the comments!