“Words are the litmus paper of the mind.”
Literally the top ten books on my TBR pile. Yes, I’m being lazy today.
- Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook to Travelling upon the Ankh-Morpork & Sto Plains Hygienic Railway – Terry Pratchett. On loan from Hemel Hempstead’s surprisingly un-crap library. I’m actually looking forward to it: short and a bit of fun after the Tolkien Reading Marathon.
- The Eternal Flame – Greg Egan. Also on loan, this time from the Circumlocutor. It’s the sequel to The Clockwork Rocket, which I loved, but I’m nervous about where Egan’s going to take the feminist themes of Rocket.
- The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett. Another loan from the Circumlocutor, and Pratchett’s last ever Discworld novel. I just know it’s going to be terrible, but I also know I won’t be able to look away.
- The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy – Sam Maggs. A present, from, um…I’ve got to start borrowing books from someone else. Another short read with pictures! And, therefore, good for my reading challenge, which is suffering at the moment.
- On – Adam Roberts. I bought this in a second-hand bookshop in Wales and I’m slightly dreading it. It has a terribly old-fashioned cover, and I suppose I ought to trust Roberts more, but I have my doubts.
- Charles Dickens: A Life – Claire Tomalin. This one hails from a little bookshop in Fowey, Cornwall, plus I got a free bookmark. I quite like biography, but I’ve never read any for pleasure before. And I love Dickens, and Victoriana, so I’m looking forward to this one.
- The Helene Hanff Omnibus. Another second-hand tome which hails from Wales (see what I did there?). Hanff wrote the famous 84 Charing Cross Road, about the bookshop, and there appear to be a couple of other bookish works in here. So we’ll see.
- The Shakespeare Notebooks. Hideously overpriced in Stratford-upon-Avon, but it has DOCTOR WHO and SHAKESPEARE in the same place and I could not leave it on the shelf.
- Bleeding Edge – Thomas Pynchon. I was looking for a certain kind of urban contemporary when I bought this in Oxford about a year ago. I’m not sure if this will be what I was looking for, and it might annoy me, but I’m always game for some Pynchon. Just please let it be like The Crying of Lot 49. Pretty please?
- Un Lun Dun – China Mieville. A present from…OK, this is embarrassing now. Plus it was a Christmas present, so it has been sitting in the Pile of Doom for like a year. The struggle is real, people. Anyway. I do love me some Mieville.
Incidentally, if I’m to complete the reading challenge I’ve set for myself this year (72 books, one more than I read last year), I have to read all of these books, plus approximately 7 more.
Has anyone read any of these? Opinions/thoughts/ramblings welcome!