I divide my To Be Read lists into roughly long-term and short-term lists. My long-term list is far too long to write about here, but I will say that it includes such titles as Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, and Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Mark Richardson, everything by Ben Okri, everything by Isabel Allende, everything by Terry Pratchett (I’m halfway through that list!), everything by Kim Edwards, and everything by Philip Pullman (again, half-way through that list!). In my more immediate reading future are the following:
Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology – I love me some Neil, and I definitely love me some mythology. There’s nothing about this book that I don’t like so far and I haven’t even started reading it.
The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie – this book came highly recommended by a woman I had a fabulous conversation with when I was minding an exhibition of children’s literature illustrations at the State Library of WA in early 2015. It’s clear that when I refer to this as my ‘short-term’ TBR list, ‘short-term’ is measured in years!
Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody – I love Anna Kendrick, and her memoir comes at the end of a two-year long obsession with the memoirs of fabulous female performers: Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, and soon Anna Kendrick. Mindy Kaling and Miranda Hart’s books are in this section of the TBR list.
Defying Doomsday – an anthology of short stories that describes itself as ‘apocalypse fiction featuring disabled and chronically ill protagonists, proving it’s not always the “fittest” who survive – it’s the most tenacious, stubborn, enduring and innovative characters who have the best chance of adapting when everything is lost’. I get spine-tingles when I read that description. I love apocalyptic fiction, and this strikes me as yet another excellent way of imagining it – I can’t wait to start this one!
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Stories – I picked this up at this year’s Clunes Book Town Festival. I’ve enjoyed Steampunk fiction since I read Richard Harland’s Worldshaker a few years ago. I really enjoy historical fiction, especially when it’s told with so much flair that it might as well be sci-fi or fantasy. And that brings me to my next TBR book…
Murder on the Ballarat Train: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood – Phryne Fisher is the coolest character I know and can think of right now. I’ve enjoyed the TV series for years and when I heard they were originally books I decided to collect and read all of them. I’ve currently read only the first – Cocaine Blues – and am waiting for a free minute to start this one! (Side note: Every Cloud Productions, which creates the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries TV series, is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to fully fund the production of a feature-length Miss Fisher film entitled Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears. Actual joy goose bumps. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/468758721/miss-fisher-the-movie )
Emily the Strange: The Lost Days – anyone who was a teenager in the early 2000s will know Emily the Strange and her uber-cool but prohibitively expensive clothing and accessories line. I didn’t know this book existed until I found it lurking in a second hand book store and nabbed it straight away. It is illustrated and almost like a really dark kid’s book… not sure how it’ll read, but fascinated that it exists at all.