One thing I hate about going on vacation is the fierce hangover I feel once it’s over; that and the work that piles up on my desk while I’m away.
Being away on New Year’s, I didn’t really feel the transition from 2012 to 2013, and because of that, I didn’t feel the need to make any New Year resolutions or look back on the year that was.
Unfortunately, it is 2013, and like everyone else, I must move forward. That applies to my reading list as well.
I have not decided on whether or not to join any reading challenges this year. I joined 3 last year and only finished 1, although the challenges were good in structuring my book choices.
Based on my initial inspection of my ever-growing piles of books at home, here are a few of the books I’m planning to read this year. Of course this list doesn’t include all the other random books I’m sure to come across throughout the year.
So without further ado, I give you my 2013 tentative reading list (in no particular order):
1. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat – Oliver Sacks
2. The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje
3. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
4. The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
5. Ghostwritten – David Mitchell
6. A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities – Jan Bondeson
7. In Ghostly Japan – Lafcadio Hearn
8. Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination – Edogawa Rampo
9. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
10. The Monsters of Templeton – Lauren Groff
11. What Einstein Told His Cook – Robert L. Wolke
12. The Trial (graphic novel) – Franz Kafka
13. The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson
14. The Perfect Spy – John Le Carre
15. The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht
16. Hunger – Knut Hamsun
17. Mysteries – Knut Hamsun
18. Sisters Brothers – Patrick DeWitt
19. Death Comes to Pemberly – P.D. James
20. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
21. Monsieur Pain – Robert Bolano
22. The Family Fang – Kevin Wilson
23. The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
24. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
25. Number 9 Dream – David Mitchell
26. Solar – Ian McEwan
27. The Meaning of Night – Michael Cox
28. Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch
29. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
30. Snobs – Julian Fellowes
Some of these books I started reading in 2012 but for some reason or other was not able to finish, and some of these books have been on my “to-read” list forever.
So, there you have it – somewhat new list for the new year. Here’s hoping I will get to read all that – or most of it at least!