I have previously received PR products from Picador and Penguin. Images in this post include Gingerbread, The Confession, Blood Meridian and A Thousand Ships, which are published by Picador, and The Rings of Saturn and Good Omens, which are published by Penguin imprints. When books published by Penguin or Picador are mentioned they are tagged with [PR relationship].
So today I’m doing the Ten Books I Want To Read tag. I was tagged by Azrah @ AzYouRead so thank you Azrah! I’ll give you a little bit of info about each of the ten books on the list to make it a bit more interesting as we go along. You’ll notice some of these are on my October TBR, but some will be saved for November/December.
- Girl – Edna O’Brien.
This one is on my October TBR! It’s a dark story, following the Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram. It was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and O’Brien has long been celebrated as an incredible Irish writer.
- [PR relationship] Gingerbread – Helen Oyeymi.
Influenced by fairytales, Gingerbread is another from my October TBR. A family story with a magical element, this is one I added to my TBR because I really enjoyed What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Oyeymi’s short story collection.
- Weather – Jenny Offill.
Another Women’s Prize nominee (this time shortlisted), here we follow librarian Lizzie Benson, who also cares for her mother and brother. Through the course of the book, Lizzie becomes an agony aunt of sorts, responding to concerns coming from people struggling to live in an increasingly polarised world.
- [PR relationship] A Thousand Ships – Natalie Haynes.
Yet another that was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize! Here we have an all-female retelling of the Trojan War, filling my love for historical novels and my love for female-led novels. I’m really excited to read this one.
- [PR relationship] The Confession – Jessie Burton.
I bought this one because of my love for Burton’s The Miniaturist. The Confession follows a reclusive novelist, addressing themes including motherhood, friendships, and secrets.
- The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera.
This was one recommended to me by my boyfriend (as were most of the second half of this list). Seven narratives, tied together thematically, are explored throughout this book. I love these kinds of thematic exploration, so I am really interested to get reading this one.
- Cannonball – Joseph McElroy.
Another one recommended by my boyfriend, and one that I don’t know much about. It’s set in California and Iraq, I know that much! I was interested in this because McElroy wrote a massive book called Women and Men that I would love to one day get my hands on.
- [PR relationship] The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald.
Yet another recommendation from the boyfriend. From the description, it reminds me a little of Ulysses. The nameless narrator wanders Suffolk, musing on a variety of subjects.
- [PR relationship] Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
I’ve always wanted to try Pratchett and this is where I’ve decided to start. The recent TV show also sparked my interest a bit — I’m a big David Tennant fan. I also want to try reading more humourous books, and this sounds like a good place to start.
- [PR relationship] Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy.
Again, a recommendation from the boyfriend. An anti-Western, this book explores a lot about morality, and is often called the Greatest American Novel. It’s one I really want to try, but it does sound like quite heavy reading so I think it’ll be a bit of a job to get through. Regardless, I’m looking forward to it!
So there’s my ten books to read by the end of the year! What do you want to read before the end of 2020?
If anyone reading would like to do this tag themselves, then consider yourself tagged!