I went to Greece recently and came back carrying 20 kilos of books literally on my back. I took a backpack this time and I really regretted bringing all those books back.
As if I don’t have already dozens of books here!
Anyway, these are all the books:
I had the chance to get some books free or with a discount, that’s why I have some books that would not be my first choice if I had to pay for them. But since they were free, I though “Eh, why not?”. And that is how I separated all these books into three categories:
1. The ones I really want to read now
- The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
I am waiting to read that for many months. I see it being recommended by everyone. As I have said before, I LOVE circuses since I was young, not actually visiting them, but the idea of living the circus life. And this book looks like a great story.
- The Fishermen, by Chingozie Obioma
Last year I read my first book of an African writer, Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I found it amazing and I have already bought a bunch of other books by African writers. This is a new book and it is pretty famous in Greece, so I bought that one too.
The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake, by Breece D’J Pancake
I know it is a book of short stories by a promising author that committed suicide at 26. I see that a lot of people like it and the whole “young author that killed himself” creates a mystery around this book.
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
EVERYONE loves this book, which I realized now. I should have read it years ago. A book about Afghanistan that apparently is amazing.
- The Fifth Child, by Doris Lessing
A horror book about the fifth child of a perfect family is terrifying since its birth. I saw that some of my Goodreads friends have been shaken by this book and I want to be shaken too!
- Achillea’s fiance, by Alki Zei
A greek book by one of my childhood beloved authors. An semi-autobiographical one, as usual. I am looking forward to learning more about that period of her life.
Ham on Rye, by Charles Bukowski
Apart from all his poems (which I loved although poetry is REALLY not my thing), I have only read one of Bukowski’s books. I need to correct that immediately.
- Blindness, by Jose Saramago
I watched the movie years ago. People start becoming blind because of a virus. The government tries to contain them. A woman that has immunity follows her husband into the quarantine. I love post-apocalyptic books and after reading Bird Box, I remembered that I should read this book too.
2. The ones I want to read, but I can wait
- We need to talk about Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
The movie was amazing and I think the book will be even better. The mother of a boy that went on a shooting spree. I am sure the book will be full of psychological issues. Awesome!
- The Kind of Havana, by Pedro Juan Gutierrez
I don’t see it translated in English. I liked Dirty Havana Trilogy, although I see many people hate it. I expect this book will be something similar: a dirty description of life in Cuba.
- The Seven Good Years, by Edgar Keret
A non-fictional book about Israel, that I see going around lately. I have read only one book set in Israel, so why not?
Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
No need to introduce that one. I own it for years, I hope I will read it soon. I started it once, but it didn’t keep me.
The Woman in the Dunes, by Kōbō Abe
A famous book of japanese literature. I like japanese literature, I hope I will get to this one soon. Although many japanese books are waiting in line on my TBR list.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe, by Romain Puértolas
A funny book with a funny title.
- Erevan, by Gilbert Sinoué
I also don’t see this one translated to English. A book about the Armenian genocide, through a family’s journey from Turkey to Armenia.
- The Automobile Club of Egypt, by Alaa Al Aswan
Set in Egypt in the ’40s, during the revolution, in an automobile club where rich people hang out. Sounds pretty interesting!
Summer House with Swimming Pool, by Herman Koch
I hear mediocre things about this book. I literally bought it (with discount) because the author is dutch. I live in the Netherlands for some years now, I should read more of their books. And it it is translated in Greek, it must be one of the successful ones.
- Loula, by Vangellis Raptopoulos
I almost read new Greek authors. I saw that many of my Goodreads friends read and liked it. The story is about an anorgasmic young girl that becomes a prostitute (I think). I like shocking books, so let’s see…
- Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater
A Young Adult werewolf book that Eleni liked. Actually I should have put that on the “why not?” category. Maybe I want something light one day, so why not?
The Confusions of Young Törless, by Robert Musil
I think I saw that in a banned book list. It is set in a boy’s academy and talks about the bullying and violence that happened in these places. I don’t know, I always find these kind of schools interesting. Maybe it is a Dead Poets Society thing.
The Vagrants, by Yiyun Li
I really liked A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by the same author, so I thought I should read this one too. I don’t read enough chinese books!
3. The “why not’s”
Yes two of these books are famous masterpieces and I put them in the “why not?” category. But have you read them? Probably not. They are huge and famous for being hard to read. But I had the chance to get them for free and I hope I will.
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
I actually want to read it soon. But it is so huge that I will have to wait for the right time.
- Ulysses, by James Joyce
Famous for being impossible to read. I am curious!
- The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo
The only reason I put it in this category is because I already have it in an ebook. But it was a gift, so “why not”, I will read from an actual book. I have read different Scandinavian crime authors and I think Nesbo is the best, although I only read one of his books. The thing is, I find crime literature usually nice, but I have read many of these books already and I don’t know what more the have to offer me except pass the time pleasantly.
- NYPD Red 1, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
Crime book set in Manhattan. James Patterson is famous. Why not?
The Calling (Endgame #1), by James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
I really don’t understand if this is a real book. I know you can decipher it and find some money. But it also sounds like an interesting adventure book. Anyway, we’ll see when I read it.
I think that was TOO MANY books! Biggest book haul I have done in the last years!