As a new year begins each and every one of use, whether we want to admit it or no, sets himself/herself some purposes for this year; it is a chance to do everything we didn’t manage to last year or to try new challenges we wouldn’t have done a year ago because we were different people and now we are (maybe) braver. This is exactly my case when it comes to books.
Looking around at my bookshelf I noticed that there are some (lots) of books which are waiting to be read (and adored) and I decided that this is the right time to do it. At the same time I couldn’t help but establish another challenge on Goodreads and preparing in advance a special shelf with books I wish to buy and read in this new year. I would like to share some of them with you, maybe they will inspire your choice of books for this year or maybe some of you have already read them and will share their opinions with me.
1. Forge of Darkness (The Kharkhanas Trilogy #1) by Steven Erikson – I started this book in December last year and so far it turned out to be an incredibly exciting read with a large number of stories which eventually complete each other and make a bigger picture filled with awesome fantasy. Goodreads link: Forge of Darkness
2. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman – I bought this book last year on my birthday and unfortunately it has been sitting on my shelf ever since, but I have heard so many beautiful thoughts about it and based on my previous experiences with Terry Pratchett’s work I can say it is one of the most anticipated books from my to-read list. Goodreads link: Good Omens
3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – after reading The Kite Runner I fell deeply in love with the way Khaled Hosseini tells a story and it is one of my ambitions to read as many of his books as possible; The Kite Runner was such a different book from everything that I have read before (I hope that someday I will be able to re-read it and write a review that does it justice), so emotional and motivational at the same time, that’s why I’m utterly excited about this book from the same author because I hope I will be able to feel that way again. Goodreads link: And the Mountains Echoed
4. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millenium Trilogy #2) by Stieg Larsson – once you start a series there is absolutely no going back if you ask me; that’s why I can’t wait to continue this thrilling series and find out what happens to the main characters. The first one was very interesting and I liked the fact that the author had a very different style of writing and of building up the characters from the other mystery books that I have read. Goodreads link: The Girl Who Played with Fire
5. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – remember when I said that I am not a big fan of classics? I still stand for that but there is one book by Wilkie Collins which breaks this rule – The Woman in White; it was my first book in English and even if at first it was a frustrating experience (reading in a foreign language can be quite challenging at times, believe me) I enjoyed every page of it and I have high hopes for this next book. Goodreads link: The Moonstone
6. Deadhouse Gates (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #2) by Steven Erikson – well, well, two books by Steven Erikson on this list! You shouldn’t be surprised because I am so in love with fantasy and I discovered Steven Erikson recently (about 2 years ago) and thus I began the journey with his series which turned out to be very challenging because of the complexity of the actions and of the characters, but I am dying to find out what happens next and where the road leads. Goodreads link: Deadhouse Gates
7. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe – for when things go dark and you feel like reading something spooky. I have a soft spot for this kind of books and I find them extremely thrilling so I can’t wait to read it and get back at you with a fancy review. Goodreads link: Tales of Mystery and Imagination
8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam – when you say science fiction and you add some humour it sounds to me like a delightfully interesting combination which I can’t wait to try; I’ve heard a great deal about this book and actually saw some bits and pieces of the movie and that made me curious and so I entered a library on my birthday and purchased this pretty book that is waiting for me. Goodreads link: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The list could go on like… forever. But I choose to stop for now and let you analyze my choices so far. For more exciting books you can always peek at my Goodreads shelf with to-read-for-2016.
Have fun reading and see you soon!
P.S. Browsing the internet I found this fun list similar to the one that inspired me for last year’s challenge – check it out!