I've been so busy lately that I'm finding it difficult to carve out time to read. I do want to, not because I feel like living up to some impossible label of "reader", but because I'm a better person, much more pleasant in general to be around, if I have had time to read. Just like some people hit the gym or basketball court, and others strum the guitar, and still others take long, soulful trips to foreign countries to re-energise - reading is my soul food
It is frustrating feeling like there are not enough hours in the day to achieve what I want to do, work so I can pay the bills, write creatively at night, and still leave time for that most pleasurable of activities...reading. So in order to motivate myself, I've decided to list all the books I have in my current "to read" pile. My goal is to have all of these done and dusted in the next couple of months, while still keeping up with life.
Dear Leader by Jang Jin-Sung
I've been really looking forward to this long-anticipated memoir by Kim Jong-Il's former poet laureate. Yes, you read it right, he was North Korea's State Poet Laureate. I can only imagine the kind of delicious insight he'll give into the inner workings of one of the world's most mysterious places. And why did Kim Jong-Il need a poet laureate? To write propaganda poems? To stir some emotion into his cold, dead heart? The mind boggles.
Sand by Hugh Howey
I was a big fan of the Wool trilogy, so I'm very much looking forward to reading this new series by Howey. It's another post-apocalyptic one (my favourite genre!), this time set in a time when the old world has been buried underneath a bunch of sand dunes, and people live on top of the forgotten cities. People salvage for goods by diving underneath the sand. It already raises a lot of questions in my mind, so I'll just have to read on to find out if they're answered.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Stephen King cites this as one of his writing influences, so I have to check out this classic horror for myself. I've been told to sleep with one eye open and keep all the lights on after reading this one. To give you a glimpse of how scary I'm anticipating it will be, the first line reads: "No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream." Hold me!
Boundless by Greg Hopkinson
I am obsessed with cats, and after hearing that Greg is the man behind Animates, well...I need to find out more. He is now a monk, living in the South Island high country with his fellow-monk partner Sally. The story also delves into how he tried to co-establish a construction business in the Soviet Union, so should be interesting.
The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Octavia Butler died suddenly at the age of 58, not long after having finished the second of the Sower series. It was meant to be a trilogy, but alas...it wasn't to be. I started this a couple of years ago, and then got distracted by (at the time) what seemed to be more exciting books. But I always did mean to get back to it, so that's what I'll do soon.
What's on your to-read list?