Ten Books I Recently Added to My “To-Be-Read” List

I nearly forgot about “Top Ten Tuesday” guys! In case you didn’t know Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book related event hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is “Ten Books You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read List.” To be honest, I haven’t added a whole lot of books recently but here are some that I really want to read soon.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.
A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s — 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

Not exactly sure what this is is what it’s about, I saw it as a book set awhile back in Barnes and Noble, and it was wrapped up in plastic, so I couldn’t peek inside. It caught my eye though, and I think I need to read it.

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction–stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013–as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

A new one from Gaiman. I love his work, and I am interested in reading some of his short stories, especially if it includes one from the same world as American Gods which is one of my favorite books.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby’s parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous—sometimes infamous—husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott’s, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistible story as she herself might have told it.

Recently became more interested in the story of Zelda Fitzgerald after reading a ton of quotes from her that I thought of using for a blog post.

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction by Dinty W. Moore

Unmatched in its focus on a concise and popular emerging genre, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction features 26 eminent writers, editors, and teachers offering expert analysis, focused exercises, and helpful examples of what make the brief essay form such a perfect medium for experimentation, insight, and illumination.

Saw this book recommended in a blog post, or maybe the comments of a blog post…I can’t remember exactly which blog, but it might have been the Daily Post. Anyway, I think it might help me write better both for this blog and maybe for publication. Certainly, couldn’t hurt.

Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter #1) by Thomas Harris

Will Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and what he did to his victims after they died. Now Graham must try to catch him.

The Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite movies. Hannibal is one of my favorite shows. I figure it’s about time I started this series and get the full experience.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence

I recently watched this movie again, and I remembered that I had forgotten how interesting of a story it was. I assume the book has more depth and I’d like to learn more about the girls who fascinated those boys.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

I actually already own this classic, just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

A harrowing story of breakdowns, suicide attempts, drug therapy, and an eventual journey back to living, this poignant and often hilarious book gives voice to the high incidence of depression among America’s youth. A collective cry for help from a generation who have come of age entrenched in the culture of divorce, economic instability, and AIDS, here is the intensely personal story of a young girl full of promise, whose mood swings have risen and fallen like the lines of a sad ballad.

Another book I saw the movie version of first. Having struggled with depression I definitely was able to relate to a lot of this story, not all of it, but I suppose every depressed person is depressed in their own way.

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Our true origins are not just human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs and the current cross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos

Just heard about this and instantly wanted to read it. Neil deGrasse Tyson is my favorite scientist at the moment, and a book about our origins and the cosmos sounds right up my alley.

Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk

Some imaginary friends never go away . . .

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife, pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long; the wife has seen to that. The time has come . . .

I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS! It’s set to release at the end of May, and I plan to order it as soon as possible. I love both Fight Club the movie and the book, and it feels like I have waited for an eternity for the sequel. Finally, that wait is coming to an end.

I have to start adding more books to the to-read list, but I don’t have a lot of time to read at the moment, and the growing list was depressing me, so I backed off. Now that I am planning to read more, I should start exploring more newly published books.

If you did your own list, drop a link in the comments, and I’ll check it out, or follow me on Goodreads to stay updated on the books I read, and want to read.

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3 thoughts on “Ten Books I Recently Added to My “To-Be-Read” List”

  1. 1Q84 is really good but it is a little difficult to get into. Give it time. It’s also very long, over 900 pages. If you get it, make sure you get the full novel. It was originally released as a three part serial then the American edition was released as one volume but I believe it is labeled as volumes 1-3.

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  2. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is actually next on my to-read list! It’s sitting on my desk, waiting for me to open it. Also, totally understand the feeling for 1Q84 – the first time I saw it, I knew I had to read it! Still getting around to it, but I have read Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore” in the meanwhile, and quite liked it

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