Unlike last year’s anemic tally (a mere 65 books read) this year has been a very good one for reading. I’ve surpassed my goal of 120, finishing up my 140th book last night. I don’t know how busy prep will keep me once I hit Toronto, but I think I can easily hit the 150 book mark by year’s end.
Yes, I do read a lot, but I’ve got A LOT to read.
Every week, I hit my two favorite bookshops:
The Book Warehouse (http://www.bookwarehouse.ca) where I’m now on a first name basis with the gang and regularly go in to chat, praise, and critique my recent reads. Unlike megastore Chapters, the staff here have ACTUALLY READ their Staff Picks, offering up a wonderful range of recommendations.
White Dwarf Books (http://www.deadwrite.com/wd.html) for all of my genre needs (SF, Fantasy, horror, and crime). While I browse, Akemi spends quality time with the owners’ loveable basset hound (who we ended up dog sitting not too long ago).
I rarely ever leave either place empty-handed. As a result, THIS, is my burgeoning To-Read pile:
It’s like an ever-growing batch of kombucha, expanding from that original literary mother culture (which, if memory serves me right, is Clive Barker’s Weaveworld). And these are merely the books I have on deck, to be read sooner than later. My downstairs library holds three times as many titles waiting to be called up to the majors.
As much as I prefer real books, I realize that digital is the way to go for the duration of my Toronto stay. Rather than lug around a suitcase of books, I can just download the titles onto my laptop or handy reader.
As a result of Amazon’s continuing war with publisher Hachette, I’ve decided to retire my kindle and purchase all future digital titles via iTunes and Barnes & Noble. Yes, the dispute is a complicated one and it’s not as simple as picking a side – but, in my case, I am because Amazon is the party that is inconveniencing me by making it difficult (if not impossible) to purchase the titles I want to purchase.
Anyway, I’m putting together a Toronto Reading Library and am looking for recommendations. Here’s a list of some of the books that have been recommended to me so far:
Flash Boys – Michael Lewis
Sous Chef – Michael Gibney
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by
Love, Nina – Nina Stibble
Black Moon – Kenneth Calhoun
The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss
Complicit – Stephanie Keuhn
The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld
The End of Eve – Ariel Gore
Little Failure – Gary Shtenygart
War Dogs – Greg Bear
The Martian – Andy Weir
Shotgun Lovesongs – Nickolas Butler
Ancillary Sword – Anne Leckie
Silence Once Begun – Jesse Ball
The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
An Untamed State – Roxane Gray
Winter People – Jennifer McMahon
The Word Exchange – Alena Graedon
J – Howard Jacobson
Season to Taste – Natalie Young
The Lemon Grove – Helen Walsh
The Farm – Tom Rob Smith
Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey
The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
Letters of Note – Shaun Usher
Wave – Sonali Deraniyagala
The Examined Life – Stephen Grosz
Big Brother – Lionel Shriver
The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida
The Silent Wife – A.S.A. Harrison
Kiss Me First – Lottie Moggach
Any of you read any of the above guest and care to weigh in with your thoughts?
Or have a book to recommend me? Preferably, no: steampunk, alternate wold, magic-themed, magical creatures, vampires, werewolves, zombies, romance, tie-ins, or instalments in an ongoing series.