My Winter Reading List

Posted July 14, 2013 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in What are you Reading / 0 Comments

There seems to be a lot of talk about summer reading lists lately, but its winter! I know, I know, it is summer over where the majority of book bloggers live so I thought I will join the discussion. This is the time of year where all the big blockbuster books are released and everyone is picking out what they plan to read while they have time off or go on vacation. This is the wrong time of year for this over in Australia but we sometimes plan to read books as well (I try not to but there are so many books I want to read). So I thought I might post some books that are waiting for me on my nightstand.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Everyone is buzzing about this novel but I’ll admit I’ve never read The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns. This book is the book chosen for my local book club so there is an excuse to read this. I’m not sure what to expect but judging by the hype I’m worried I’ll be hugely disappointed, I hope not.

Tampa by Alissa Nutting
Arguably one of the most talked about books at the moment; this is disturbing and uncomfortable and I can’t wait to read it. I know it will make me sick and the idea of sexual psychopath with a fetish for 14 year old boys is too disturbing to talk about, but these subjects often need addressing more than ever. The bonus is the cover of this book, it’s highly suggestive but turn the book over and you see the button.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
What can I say about this book? It’s set in Russia, so I’m sold. I’ve been hearing great things about this book and then the wonderful Anne at The Reading Room recommended and sent me a copy of this book, so I know it will be on the top of my reading list. There are other people out there raving about the book as well and for the most part they are people whose opinions I trust.

Constance by Patrick McGrath
From the acclaimed author of Asylum and Martha Peake, a masterful new novel of psychological suspense, the story of a marriage haunted by trauma and descending into crisis. This book has peaked my interest and I’m really looking forward to it, I’ve never read Patrick McGrath so I’m not sure what to expect, but it sounds intriguing.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
A time-traveling serial killer is impossible to trace – until one of his victims survives. I’m not sure if I need to say more to sell this book. This book has enough buzz to speak for itself, mainly because  Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company brought the television rights to this book before it was released in America.

I’m sure everyone has some books they are planning to read over the Winter/Summer so I’d love to hear what is currently on your list. I’m sure there are millions of books on your TBR’s, I know mine is growing faster than I can read and who knows if I’ll get to all these books in time for Spring, but I’ll have fun trying.

0 responses to “My Winter Reading List

  1. Bree

    I’m pretty sure this almost never happens, but I’ve read 3 from your list – And The Mountains Echoed, Tampa and Constance. I really enjoyed ATME, but it’s a really sweeping story that people who admire lovely writing will enjoy. Constance baffled me a little bit, I must say. It was my first Patrick McGrath book but perhaps I should’ve started somewhere else, like Asylum or Trauma (both of which I own) which seem to be more true to his style of gothic with a usually unreliable narrator. And I just finished Tampa yesterday and am about to start a review. Hmm. That’s going to be interesting to write!

    The Shining Girls sounds awesome!

    • I actually forgot about this post, I wrote it a few weeks ago and had it scheduled today, so I have already read most of the books now. oops. Finished And The Mountains Echoed, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, The Shining Girls and just finished Tampa . So looks like I’m ahead of schedule on this one.

  2. frellathon

    Great list. I’m almost caught up with the books I feel pressured to read. Pressuring myself to get to them I should say but I’m almost caught up so that is good. Chevy Stevens new book Always Watching, Countdown City by Ben H. Winters, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and an ebook who’s title I forget. Then I’ll be reading off my book shelf but I’ve been dying to get to these ones in particular which I requested for review. I’m really looking forward to your reviews on all of these The Shining Girls and Tampa in especially.

  3. Tanya M

    Tampa does look like a difficult book to read, but you’re right sometimes those difficult topics need dicsussing rather than shoving them under the rug. I am currently reading Devil in the White City which I am enjoying and then it’s onto catching up on some required nonfiction writing and review requests before diving into the just for fun books on my list.

  4. missbonnie13

    Very interested to hear your thoughts on Shining Girls. Opinions seem to be either extreme love or dislike, no real inbetween.

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