Still on My To Read List for 2017

Still lots of books I didn’t get to, and I am ashamed to say some of them I have wanted to read since at least 2015!

Zero K by Don DeLillo
It’s sitting on my phone waiting to be read.  I should probably get myself a paperback.  An unread ebook is one way to immortality, I guess.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Victorian England, Naturalism.  I don’t know much about this book yet, but it popped up on lots of favourite lists at the end of 2016, and those two keywords are enough to pique my interest.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
This seems like a logical next read after The Last Painting of Sara de Vos for anyone who wants more of the Dutch Golden Age.  I am hoping for Dorothy Dunnett meets A. S. Byatt.

The Girls by Emma Cline
Much anticipated in 2016, but didn’t really cross my radar or catch my interest at the time.  Now that I have read and loved Commonwealth, a dangerously edged tale of adolescence at the violent end of the 1960s sounds perfect.

A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
To tie me over until The Mirror and the Light comes out, an epic French Revolution tale from a Booker Prize winner sounds wonderful.  Nobody makes historical figures quite so human or vulnerable as Hilary Mantel.

And the ones from last year that I didn’t make it to, but that are still high on my list…

The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall
A fictional account of the reintroduction of wild wolves in the UK? Wolves, English Gentry and Country Estates, Female Scientist Protagonist, Returning home to family ghosts? What’s still not to love? I don’t know why I haven’t got to this yet, but did make sure I set it for Book Clubs in 2017 (just to make sure I finally read it)

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
One of the most popular science fiction novels in China, and increasingly hyped now that it has been published and widely read in English.  I still hope that the Cultural Revolution background story for this novel will be the driver for some really serious political science fiction.

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Still on my To Read List for 2016

There were lots of books I didn’t get through in 2015, even though they were on my to read list.  On the top of the pile for the new year are:

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
One of the most popular science fiction novels in China, I hope that the Cultural Revolution background story for this novel will be the driver for some really serious political science fiction.  If it’s The Dispossessed meets Red Mars, like I am hoping… I will be very happy indeed.  The second novel in this series sounds even better.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
For the simple reason that I have never read anything by Kate Atkinson, but believe she is quirky and interesting.  Reincarnation, here, takes the place of my usual go-to (time travel) as a tool for exploring history, so hopefully Atkinson is an author that I can recommend to people who like Connie Willis (and vice versa).

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Ever since I heard Geordie Williamson do a speedy but passionate ‘back of the cigarette packet’ push for Faber at an event back in 2014, I have had this novel on my mind. The premise alone reminds me of one of my favourite reads, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, and can’t wait to see if my instinct is right there, or if it is in fact possible to write an entirely different kind of novel about an evangelical mission to another planet.

A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson
My mother suggested this book to me after she finished reading Station Eleven on my recommendation.  Most of my post apocalyptic imaginings since my rising teen obsession with post-civilisation societies have been antipodean, and it’s nice that other people have been imagining likewise and these are now readily available for me to devour.

The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall
A fictional account of the reintroduction of wild wolves in the UK? Wolves, English Gentry and Country Estates, Female Scientist Protagonist, Returning home to family ghosts? What’s not to love?