My first priority for 2014 is to finish the books that I have started but not yet finished, including:
- Oryx and Crake (2003) by Margaret Atwood (Update - Read Jan 2014)
- Mortality (2012) by Christopher Hitchens (Update - Read Feb 2014)
- The Cuckoo's Calling (2013) by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) (Update - Read Sept 2014)
- A Sport and a Pastime (1967) by James Salter
- World of Wonders (1975) by Robertson Davies
- A Feast for Crows (2005) by George RR Martin
- Wolf Hall (2009) by Hilary Mantel
- And the Mountains Echoed (2013) by Khaled Hosseini
- The Getting of Wisdom (1910) by Henry Handel Richardson
- The Slap (2008) by Christos Tsiolkas
In terms of new books, I have a bunch of recent acquisitions that I plan to read in 2014.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2013), a story about an Australian surgeon at the Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway in August 1943. (Update - Read Nov 2014)
Takedown Twenty (2013) is the latest, and I will save it for the moment when life gets to hectic. The series is always hit and miss, and Evanovich went through a phase where they became very formulaic. But the last few have been more of a return to form and I have hopes that this will be a good one.
Quarterly Essay 52, Found in Translation (2013) by Linda Jaivin and, while not something I had expected to enjoy, I am finding it really interesting. I particularly love the correspondence about previous issues, in this issue it is about The Prince by David Marr (QE50).
Festival of Dangerous Ideas. This book is about how the internet can be used as a tool for liberation, but also as a means of suppressing democracy.
Another post-Festival purchase was David Simon's Homicide: A year on the killing streets (1991) which I have read the first few chapters of and look forward to enjoying.
Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000) about a lonely middle aged man with a vivid imagination. I have not read graphic novels before but purchased this one as my first foray into the genre. I have started it and think it is the most beautiful book.
In addition to these, there are the books I gave to others in the hopes of borrowing them back to read at some point. These include Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro's Dear Life (2013), Eleanor Caton's The Luminaries (2013) winner of the Booker prize, Michelle de Krester's Miles Frankin Award winning Questions of Travel (2013).
Throughout the year I also hope to add blog posts of books I have read film tie-ins, and plays. And with that in mind, I am off to see the second instalment of The Hobbit….