Hello! I’m late to the party for doing this, but I’ve seen quite a few people’s videos, and I thought it would be interesting to show all the books I think I’m going to absolutely love!
Some of these are because I’ve read other books by the authors which got four or five stars, so I’m optimistic about the ones I haven’t read, others I’ve been told I’ll love, and there’s a few which I think i’m going to enjoy based on similar novels.
I’ve only given a brief synopsis of each, because with the genre or theme of most of these, I’d rather go into them a bit blind.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Published: July 1993/ first published 1992
I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite a while now, I own three of her books but haven’t actually gotten round to reading any of them yet!
Most people I’ve seen speak about this seem to absolutely love it, and I’ve been told by friends that I too will love it, so I’m feeling quite optimistic about this one. It’s about a guy who goes to a New England college and wants to join an exclusive classics group of misfits. He eventually manages to get in, when someone is murdered. And that’s where I stopped reading the synopsis, because I don’t want to know any more than that.
It was Donna Tartt’s first novel, which is impressive, and I’m very much looking forward to getting round to it.
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Published: August 2018
I’ve read two other John Boyne books, The Heart’s Invisible Furies and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (admittedly, when I was a child) and given them both five stars so I see no reason why I wouldn’t love his latest novel as well.
It’s about a writer who meets a famous novelist and basically will stop at nothing to elevate his position in society, and make his name in any way that he can.
It’s also billed as a psychological drama which I am all about, and It’s also Irish literature which I’ve been really loving recently, so I’ll be getting round to this one as soon as possible.
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Genre: Graphic novel
Published: October 2003
This is one of the highest rated books on my Goodreads TBR (more on that potentially in a separate post) so it seems a LOT of people highly rate this. I first bought this back in February last year when I got home from Brussels, inspired by a visit to the comic book museum, but I still haven’t read it. Shame on me.
It’s about Nazi Germany, which I keep buying books about, so I am SURE that this is going to be an absolute winner for me. I also really enjoy graphic memoirs, although I know that this one is going to be sad.
It’s about Art Spiegelman’s dad, from youth in pre-war Poland, to being imprisoned in Auschwitz. It won the Pulitzer prize, and I just really need to pick it up soon.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Genre: Historical fiction
Published: September 2006
I’ve loved everything else I’ve read by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, so really this one is on the list because I’m pretty sure that I’m going to love this one as well.
It’s about several different characters, set in the time of struggles to establish an independent Nigeria in the late 1960s, and follows the characters through their experiences during that time, who are all in very different situations.
That’s very vague, but I prefer going into novels not knowing too much.
I read Americanah earlier this year, and I believe this one is even more loved than Americanah, so I have no doubts that this will be a five star read.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
This is probably one of the most popular true crime books I’ve ever seen. I love true crime, but haven’t actually gotten around to this one yet.
It’s not a case that i’m familiar with, but In Cold Blood follows a crime set in 1959 in Holcomb, Kansas, where a farmer, his wife and two kids are murdered in a brutal fashion. I’ve deliberately not looked into the case, because I want it to be as much of a surprise as possible when I’m going into this.
Capote spent six years writing the book, and given the fact that it is the second best-selling in its genre behind Helter Skelter (one of my favourite books ever) makes me pretty convinced that I’m going to love this.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Published: July 2014
Translated from the Swedish, A Man Called Ove is about a grumpy old man. I’ve been a fan of all of the Swedish-translated books I’ve read in the past, so I have no reason to believe that I won’t also love this one.
This one was pretty popular a few years back, and I bought the book last year, but haven’t gotten round to reading it yet.
I don’t actually really know what this one is about, except that it follows Ove who pretty much thinks everyone around him is an idiot. In that respect, it kind of reminds me of Jonas Jonasson’s A Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared, which I gave 5 stars when I read it due to its fun nature, so if it’s anything like that I’m sure this one will be great.
I should add that I ended up DNFing his book Beartown pretty early on, but I don’t think it was something that I was interested in at the time and I don’t care about hockey either, which makes me a little worried about this, but I’ll persevere.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Published: March 2015
I doubt that there’s many people who haven’t heard about this book by now. It’s got very mixed reviews, but it sounds like something I’d really rate.
It follows the life of four friends, focusing particularly on one, Jude. It’s very long, and it’s very dark in subject matter, including self-harm and abuse, among others. I don’t want to speak about it too much because I’m conscious that a lot of people might find it quite upsetting.
I imagine it’s very triggering, and it’s so dark, but I’ve heard so many good things. I’ve actually started this already on audiobook before I decided to get the ebook and read that instead.
It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, in 2015, which I’m always interested in.
Have you read any of these books? Did you love them, or hate them?