As readers, we are always trying to set and manage TBRs, there are books we separately want to get to and sometimes lists help in sorting what those priority books are. I’m generally horrible with TBRs, but I thought it would be fun to set aside a list of 10 acclaimed works that I’d like to read this year! There’s a mish-mash of modern classics, shorter/chunkier ones, and must-read books that have long been on my radar.
- The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
This would be my first Barnes, I’ve heard he packs a real punch despite the short length of the book
- A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The geek in me loves science based non-fiction and this book is like mother of them all. I’m surprised that I haven’t read it yet.
- Sula by Toni Morrison
The plan is to work my way through Morrison chronologically. I was deeply impacted by the Bluest Eye and the next on the list is Sula.
- Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
I read Rebecca, and realized I certainly need more du Maurier in my life.
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
A book set in India, during the time of the Internal Emergency. I have the strongest inkling that it’s going to be one of my favourite reads of the year
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
I’ve heard that this is an industrial mill town version of Pride & Prejudice. Though this might not seem appealing to a few, I for one, loved studying the industrial revolution as a part of high school history. I’m very curious to see it’s social impact in a classic form
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Though I’ve heard from a few that The Goldfinch is a more accomplished novel, I wanted to start with the Secret History. A suspenseful murder mystery amongst a group of elite students, not quite focussed on the ‘who’ but rather the ‘why’, I’m sold.
- A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
This book has been recommended to me left, right and centre, and it’s one I can’t wait to read.
- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
I’ve only read The Handmaid’s Tale by Atwood, and though it was a powerful read, didn’t love it as much. I wanted to give Atwood another chance, and this is one of her most critically acclaimed works and Booker Winner of 2000, so why not?
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about East of Eden, it’s scope and how riveting the story and its characters are. So I really want to experience Steinbeck this year!
Spot any favourites from the list? Let me know!