Wish List

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” 

— William Shakespeare, The Tempest

In no particular order, below is a list of books I want to read but what’s stopping me is:

1. Not making time for reading (I am ashamed of this fact…)

2. I want to buy a hard copy first before reading it.

But best believe, I am going to read these!

There are also a lot of classic novels featured on this page that I am yet to read 📚

 Lynne Reid BanksThe L-Shaped RoomFrom the synopsis and reviews that I read, it feels like it could be a great read. A 1960’s novel that shows just how much society has changed in the acceptance of different circumstances.
P.D JamesCordelia Gray mysteriesThere are 2 books in the series
Fiodor DostoevskyCrime and PunishmentAfter reading and loving George Orwell’s 1984, I became intrigued by Philosophical Fiction and plan to read more of these – Dostoevsky, Sartre, Tolstoy, Thompson etc
Jean-Paul SartreNausea
Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged
Leo TolstoyWar and Peace
Hunter S. Thompson Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Oscar WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest
HomerThe Iliad/The Odyssey
James JoyceUlysses
Thomas HardyTess of the D’Urbervilles
Mark HaddonThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Gustave FlaubertMadame Bovary
Ernest HemingwayThe Old Man and the Sea
Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Cristo
E.M ForsterWhere Angels Fear to TreadI watched the movie (starring Helen Mirren & Helena Bonham Carter) and never realised that it’s actually based on a book.
Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAmericanah, Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple HibiscusAs you may know, I am a huge fan of Chimamanda’s works. I wrote a review on her book, “The Thing Around Your Neck” and featured her in my Author of the Month category. So it seems natural that the rest of her writings are on my wish list!
Margaret MahyThe Other Side of Silence
Wally LambI Know This Much Is TrueIt will be interesting to watch how the HBO series (starring Mark Ruffalo) of this novel will interpret the book – whether it will be loosely based on the novel or not at all.
Rupi KaurThe Sun and Her FlowersNot being a reader of Poetry, I picked up the book at a bookstore – the cover attracted my attention because of the beautiful illustration. I read verses at random and liked what I read so much that I vowed to get my own copy some day.
Kerry GreenwoodCocaine BluesI adore Phyrne Fisher! I’ve watched the Australian television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the novel!
Aimee BenderThe Particular Sadness of Lemon CakeReading the synopsis of this book made me want to read it ASAP. It sounds like a really delightful and thrilling story.
Italo CalvinoIf on a Winter’s Night a TravelerBooks with strange, obscure and weird titles amuse me. I hope I find it an enjoyable read once I get around to it.
Anita DiamantThe Red TentI read this when I was younger and all I can remember is that I enjoyed it…Other than that, I’m drawing a blank. So I definitely have to give it another read.
 James A. MichenerReturn to ParadiseI’ve seen this book around on websites, blogs etc. But when I saw it on the Netflix series Bletchley Circle, I was prompted to add this novel to my Wish List.
Latest Additions – 06.01.2021:
Marian Babson

The Twelve Deaths of Christmas
Not only is this such a quirky name for the title of the book BUT it also has the added bonus of being written by an Agatha Award–winning author. An award named for Agatha Christie for mystery and crime writers who write in the cozy mystery subgenre.
Terri BlackstockRestoration SeriesHaving read the first novel in this series, Last Light (I wrote a review about it), I was hopelessly gripped by the story from start to finish. I’m itching to find out how the series ends!
Jill ChurchillAll her of novelsAnother winner of the Agatha Award. Silence of the Hams was such a fantastic read that she quickly became one of my favourite authors!

Latest Additions March 2021 – June 2021:
Joris-Karl Huysman
À Rebours, translated as “Against the Grain” or “Against Nature”

One of the novels that was inspired by Joris-Karl Huydman was Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). Wilde’s novel left a really good impression on me so I would very much like to reaf the book that inspired him.
Jonathan SwiftA Modest ProposalA satirical essay that suggests the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food to rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocked heartless attitudes towards the poor as well as British policy toward the Irish in general.
John MiltonParadise LostI am not one for reading poems unless it is intriguing and of a, subject I find interesting and this one is both intriguing and interesting! This is the very brief synopsis: The poem concerns the biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
Ernest HemingwayA Farewell to ArmsBecause I like watching period war movies, I figured this novel would be a good option to add to my list. As was Hemingway’s first best seller, there’s no way I can go wrong.

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