So I was inspired. By Maxwell at WellDoneBooks over on Booktube. He set up a goal this year to read more translated fiction and talked about potentially reading the Man Booker long (or short) list as a way to increase his totals. Last week, the long list was released to the public. And I immediately jumped on the chance to attempt to read the list and pick my “winner.” Every time I watch a video done by Max, I’m always impressed by the variety of books he reads and I’m trying to do better myself this year. Although, I don’t think that I often fit into a particular box; I do think that I can read some more books outside of my comfort zone.
So here’s a post to keep me honest with the internet and with my goals. I reserved or checked out all the books I could get from my local library system, and after I make my way through them I’ll have to figure out purchasing the rest. Here’s the long list in the order I currently plan on reading them. The ones with stars I have yet to secure a copy or purchase.
- Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan (currently reading)
- The Four Books by Yan Lianke
- A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk
- The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
- The Vegetarian by Han Kang
- Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila
- Death by Water by Kenzaburō Ōe
- Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal
- Ladivine by Marie NDiaye
- A Cup of Rage by Raduan Nassar*
- A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler*
- White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen*
- A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualusa*
I imagine that this is going to be a more challenging couple of weeks of reading for me. As I also recently picked up A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, which is waiting by my bedside table to finish. I have 8 more days in this month to make a dent in this collection. As I’ve been travelling for work, and recently sick – I hope I can get some much needed reading time before April arrives.
Until Next Time World…