Books I plan to read soon.

I’m a compulsive book collector (my family has despaired over this for as long as I can remember), and I own a lot of books. I have not read a lot of them (although I’ve read more than I haven’t.) I wanted to make a list of books to read so I can get through some of them, and I figured, why not make it on the blog.

These are books I own but haven’t read:

  1. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
  2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.
  3. The City & The City by China Miéville.
  4. The Scar by China Miéville.
  5. New Spring by Robert Jordan.
  6. The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner.
  7. Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors by Lizzie Collingham.
  8. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller.
  9. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol 1.) by Alan Moore.
  10. Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks.
  11. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi.
  12. Kick-Ass by Mark Millar.
  13. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan.
  14. Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan.
  15. Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones.
  16. Two Lives: A Memoir by Vikram Seth.
  17. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.
  18. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.
  19. Anathem by Neal Stephenson.
  20. Ringworld by Larry Niven.
  21. Fannie’s Last Supper by Christopher Kimball (I’m halfway through this one.)
  22. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke.
  23. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  24. Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
  25. A Sickness in the Family by Denise Mina

(Edit: I’m linking to posts about books as I finish them.)

I’m going to pledge to read these books before I buy any new ones. For extra motivation, I’m going to post the books that I do want to buy/read soon (heavy on fantasy because that’s what I’ve been reading up on):

  1. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  2. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  3. The Alcatraz series by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  5. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  6. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  7. The Windup Girl by Paulo Bacigalupi
  8. River of Gods by Ian McDonald
  9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  10. The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

37 thoughts on “Books I plan to read soon.”

  1. It’s been several years, but I remember Rendezvous with Rama being pretty good. The sequels left a lot to be desired though.

  2. Good luck! I joined a challenge for 2012 to read a lot of books from my TBR pile (I think I chose 25). I’m hoping that’ll motivate me to read ones I own before buying new ones xD

  3. Elantris and Warbreaker are great (but I’m a horrifically biased Sanderson fan). I read the first Alcatraz book, it does some interesting things, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Sanderson’s adult novels. I’ll still probably pick up the other books in the series eventually, but I’m in no hurry.

    Lies of Locke Lamora is a fun book that does some interesting things, it’s not perfect, but I enjoyed it.

    The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear (it’s sequel) are very well written fantasy books, they’re fun reads.

    Never Let Me Go is a really good book that might be more subtle than any other book I’ve ever seen. He is so subtle in describing the worldbuilding in the book that you literally can’t say anything about the story without spoiling it, it’s brilliantly written.

    The Windup Girl didn’t work for me. There were a lot of really interesting elements in the worldbuilding, but the story and characters weren’t as successful for me.

    So those are my thoughts on the books you have on your wish list that I’ve read. I’ve also got Assassin’s Apprentice on my TBR list, I’ll get to it eventually.

    1. Thanks for the thoughts! They definitely help in figuring out what I should buy next (after I finish the 21 books I still need to read, of course.) I think I’m going to prioritise Elantris, Warbreaker and The Name of the Wind. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Assassin’s Apprentice when you get to it.

  4. Hi Kriti! I am SO pleased that you added New Spring to your blog! I read all of the Wheel of Time series and am anxiously awaiting the final book. However – I did not know about this prequel which is now third in line in my “To Read” list. I am currently reading one of the off-shoot novels from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series entitled “The Scottish Prisoner” which I highly recommend. Once you start these you will not be able to do much else (for a month while you rip through this outstanding and lengthy multi-volume story). :)
    Perhaps you will enjoy my new novel that is in final final edits. I am intending to self-publish it through Amazon and then see if any of the publishers are interested! It is called “The American School of Magic” and the end of the story was developed with the help of “The Coven of 30″ who are a group of 30 students who were the first creative editors of this novel. They were selected from almost 1000 who signed up for a literary contest in my town to assist with this story. They were quite amazing in their moderated determination of the ending.
    Great book list you posted, and I will follow you to see how you liked the ones in your list!
    Best Regards,

    1. Hi Ann, I’m glad that you discovered New Spring via my blog! I’ve heard good things about Outlander, perhaps I will read it!

      “The American School of Magic” certainly sounds interesting! I’ll follow your blog and keep up with it.

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