Five books you have to read in your lifetime. No matter how long it takes you. Or a series you have to finish before you die. Absolutely.
We’re assuming “before you die” means we have (at the least) 50 or so years, right? Because if not … *stares guiltily at list below* … please cremate me with my TBR pile?
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood: I’ve been saying lately how absolutely, 100% done I am with the sci-fi/dystopian genre and then I remembered I still haven’t read this series. Actually, save for a short story for a Women Studies class, I haven’t read any Atwood at all, so I guess I will go about remedying this. Someday.
- The Spiritwalker Trilogy by Kate Elliott: *winces* It’s shameful how I keep saying I will read this series and promptly, you know, don’t. Every time I catch a glimpse of Cold Magic on my shelf, I feel like Zuko from season one of ATLA. I want my honour back. And the only way to get it is to
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- A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth: I’ve always been curious about this book. But it’s 1500+ pages long. So.
- The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin: 1400+ pages. That said, apart from Cold Magic, this is the book on my list I am looking to read ASAP.
- The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu: Soon, my precious. *strokes cover on screen* Soon.
Eheh..he..book goals. Where do I start and how do I stop? Okay. I can do this. I so can.
- A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. This book is on my list for the same reasons Yash mentions and I haven’t read it for the very same reason she has.
- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. I’m going to read this book very very soon. I just need to finish some other gargantuan books on my list. I’m currently reading The Luminaries and that, too, is a beast.
- My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. I’ve had this book for ages now. Since a friend bought it as a birthday gift. I do intend to read this but when I will read it is another matter.
- Everything Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has ever written. So far, I have only read Americanah but I own two of her other books so I should be able to rectify that very soon.
- Everything Helen Oyeyemi has ever written. Once again, I’ve only read one book (Mr. Fox) by this author and enjoyed it enough that I want to read everything she has written.
- Everything Haruki Murakami has ever written. This is becoming a theme huh? But in Murakami’s case, I’ve read 12 of the 19 titles he has written up to date so the possibility is higher that I will actually complete this goal sometime in the next few years.
- I also want to complete the Bloody Jack series by L. A. Meyer. I’ve read 1 and there are 11 more titles in the volume. Whee. Also the Unspoken trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan. This one seems more doable as there are only three books and I own them all.
The list below feels like a lie, because I don’t really have book goals. Long lists of books to read, yes, so many that I keep losing them. However, books I MUST read before I die? Dunno. However, here goes:
Books I discover I MUST read before I die:
- The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. Which means she has to finish writing them, first. *stares at MWT* *glances at Sounis* *stares at MWT* We’re dying here without more of Gen, Attolia, Eddis, Sophos, Costis, et al.
- The Lion Hunter series by Elizabeth Wein. Another series that isn’t completed – to my joy and impatience. In the meantime, I will have to find a way to get my hands on the short story mentioned here.
- Every book and short story by Diana Wynne Jones. I haven’t yet read The Skiver’ Guide or Changeover or Puss in Boots or Yes, Dear. How embarrassing. Nor have I seen any of her plays, or read the scripts. How humiliating!
Books I would very much like to read before I die:
- The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. *scratches head* I don’t understand how I haven’t finished this yet: I enjoy reading it while I’m reading it, and I have my very own copy (thanks, Yash!). The problem, I suppose, is that it is too good. I have to stop, reread the stanza (or page), then put the book down to marvel over the rhythm, the turn of phrase, the ideals expressed (and ponder on whether I agree with them or not). This makes for slow progress. Also, the temptation to write down passages is immense. If I compiled all the lines I’ve scribbled down on separate papers, I would very nearly have a collection as thick as the actual book.
- Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostad. Courtly love and sacrifice, anyone? Also, I have empathy with anyone who has a long nose; I have one myself.
- Akata Witch and Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor. I’ve heard good things about these.
- Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman. On one of my ever-expanding tbr lists.
- The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. For obvious reasons. (Wolves.)