Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Into Reading: 15 books I'm looking forward to reading

For the Fall Into Reading Web meme:

Since I plan to read at least 60 books this year, I need to read 15 more by the end of December. I probably will finish these 15 books by Winter Solstice. Here's a list of the novels I hope to read by Solstice:

1. Aurorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat: I'm in the middle of this one now. It's set in a steampunk-like alternative history in which a canal-laden city is built in the ice.

2. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon: All the rage, 12-page sentence and all, about an area I enjoyed visiting when I lived in Reno -- Berkeley and Oakland. (Chunkster Challenge)

3. The Map of Time by Felix Palma: Well-regarded time-travel-Jack-the-Ripper novel; I've read the first 60 pages or so, and I'm quite enjoying it. (Chunkster challenge, European challenge)

4. In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin: I was 200 pages into it when it dawned on me that this is a romance in which the knight in shining armor is a recently decommissioned paratrooper after World War II. The novel is about his quest to save his family business and win the girl of his dreams. (Chunkster challenge)

5. Young Henry of Navarre: The first part of Heinrich Mann's epic historical novel about Henry IV of France. For the European and Chunkster challenges.

6. Sacred Dust by David Hill: I have had this book on my shelf for years, and I want to read it to finish the Southern Reading and TBR challenges.

7.  Brendan by Frederick Buechner: I want to finish this one up for the TBR and European challenges.

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray: I want to listen to this one; it sounds like an intriguing YA urban fantasy novel about New York in the 1920s.

9. Dodger by Terry Pratchett: His new YA novel; I'll be able to listen to this one as well. (British author challenge)

10. Derby Day by DJ Taylor: I know little about this book, but read something positive about it, and I checked it out of the library. (English author challenge).

11. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: If I'm going to read the next in the trilogy, I need to read this one first. Finall. (British author challenge, Chunkster challenge)

12. The Stranger's Child by Alan Holinghurst: I've had this on my shelf for a long time. I've started it, and it seems charming, if a bit slow at first. (British author challenge, Chunkster challenge, World War I challenge)

I think I should try to read Pat Barker's two remaining WWI novels to fulfill the World War I and British author challenges. I'm not sure if I'm going to finish the Eastern European challenge. I also think I'll read The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam to fulfill an Amazon Vine review. That will make 15.


Nicki Mann said...

Hmm, I haven't read any of those! Some sound like some pretty heavy reading! :D

Cassandra said...

My husband absolutely loves Pratchett but I've never read any of his books. Looks like a fun list! Happy reading!!

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