In which I make a reading list

I haven’t been thinking about much today; I’ve been pedal to the metal writing, (3000 words before lunch! All junk, but eh, who cares;  some of it was good, and it felt great to make something). 

I have been thinking about the books that I want to read, however. I think this has something to do with the fact that I’m not enjoying my current read. It’s teaching me a lot; about what I value in books, about my aesthetic tastes vs Murakami’s, so I’m going to continue for now. I won’t be re-reading it like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – it’s just too big.

I’ve collected an absurd quantity of books over the last year and a half, which I haven’t started. My MA finished in October, I took some time off from reading and I haven’t been able to get back into it since. I don’t think I’ve finished even ten books since then. Appalling.  I’ve been holding on to books, until I have time to properly enjoy them and haven’t started most of them. There’s thirty books in my Libib library with the status ‘Not begun’, and another twenty-seven marked ‘Abandoned’. That’s not to mention the books on the hundreds of scribbled lists like ‘check these out’ or ‘I’d like to read these’. I’m starting to think I have some sort of psychological problem.

My solution to this problem is to line up the next ten books I want to read; all the ones I’m most looking forward to first, and hopefully, that’ll drive me forward, knowing there’s many things to enjoy, as well as taking away the decision paralysis.

Here it is:

  1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  2. The Conquest of Bread Pyotr Kropotkin
  3. The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guinn
  4. Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics by Gordon Graham
  5. American Gods & Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  6. The Self on the Page by Celia Hunt
  7. Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
  8. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
  9. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  10. Studying the English Language by Rob Penhallurick

I can’t wait to read Stardust. I loved the film, and I’ve loved previously Gaiman, so I can’t see why this would be any different. I’m also trying to expand me learnin’ a bit outside my current wheelhouse, so I’ve got some political philosophy on there and some art philosophy. I’ve never understood why people sometimes find philosophy boring; I god damned love it. In another life I would have been a philosopher. Maybe it’s not too late…

Have you read anything on this list (No spoilers!) that I should bump further up it? Can you recommend me stuff based on what’s on the list? Chuck me a comment. I’d much rather have recommendations from a human than a algorithm any day of the week. Or tell me about your TBR; what’s most making you drool in anticipation?

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