If you’re anything like me, being an avid reader also goes hand in hand with hoarding books. You have to accumulate them all NOW just in case they stop printing books tomorrow, or so that you’ll have plenty of reading material for when the zombie apocalypse hits (because obviously zombies WILL NOT cut into reading time). So naturally I have loads of books I’ve accumulated in the last couple of years that I haven’t read but of course I meant to. 2015 was no exception. I bought a bunch of new releases last year that I then put to one side full of good intentions – here are 10 of them, in no particular order (you can click on the title to check it out on Goodreads).
A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson. There are two reasons I didn’t read this. Firstly, because I hadn’t read the book before it, Life After Life, and secondly because I only just ordered it online about four days before Christmas. I am currently reading Life After Life and I have God in Ruins ready to go, so things are looking up.
Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami. I was so excited to get my hands on this, but I was patient and waited until I was overseas and made it one of my special holiday purchases. I couldn’t wait to read it when I got home, but then I didn’t. Also, does this one even really count since the two stories were first published in the 70s?
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. I entered a competition to win this, but didn’t win. And then it was always a book I thought about purchasing whenever I went to the bookshop, but didn’t. Then when I went on my book purchasing flurry in the final weeks of December, it was part of a buy two books and get a third for free deal so that basically pushed me over the line.
Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry. I bought this back in June with a gift voucher I received for my favourite bookshop. I was excited because it seemed a bit lighter than some of the other stuff I had already read, and I even thought about taking it on holiday with me. But then I didn’t.
John le Carré: The Biography by Adam Sisman. I’ll admit, I’m kind of obsessed with John le Carré. If I could write half as well as him I’d be pretty chuffed. Surprisingly I was late to the party on news of this biography, which has been written with full cooperation from le Carré and his family. This was another late purchase in the year so I didn’t have to wait until 2017 to read it (so now I get to read it as part of #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks!).
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. I read an excerpt of this in a NetGalley new release sampler thing in about April of last year and loved it, but then the book never appeared on NetGalley, and then I missed the release date. I didn’t even realise it was out until I saw it in my local bookshop. So I also purchased this in my book spree in the last week of December.
Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett. I actually won this in a member giveaway for my local bookshop and I was meant to read it and then review it for their website. But I didn’t. I’ll read it this year for sure, and then post a review on their website. Better late then never, right?
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie. I saw this one on NetGalley too, but because I’m in Australia (and we are unworthy) I was unable to request it because of the whole region thing. Then I bought it later in year and … you know the drill.
When There’s Nowhere Else to Run by Murray Middleton. This book of short stories was the winner of an Australian literary award last year and my purchasing of it was for two main reasons. One, to enjoy it. Two, to see how this guy writes his short stories because I thought I’d like to write some short stories too (so, research, basically). I didn’t end up reading it, and I didn’t write any short stories.
Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks. It was years after its release that I read Faulks’ Birdsong, so I wanted to get on the bandwagon early with his latest. I didn’t though. I’ll read it this year. Maybe.