We all look forward the fresh promise that a new year seems to hold. No year has that been more true than this one. Although, as adults, we know that the first of January is just another day, we are persistent in our hope, our wish, that this year will be vastly different to the last. While that is out of our control, the books we read are and these are the books I hope to read to begin this new year.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The first thing that I will be joining @KDBooks and @CoyinneReads reading, or starting to read this month is the mammoth that is Les Miserables. I’m hoping to finish this by the end of March, or thereabouts, so you won’t be seeing it in a wrap-up for a while. I’ll also be counting this for @LucytheReader’s #ClassicsCommunity challenge. If you’ve never heard of this book it follows a selection of characters as they try to survive in volatile 19th century France.
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch
Over the past year or so I have become obsessed with a podcast called The Adventure Zone. It follows three brothers and their father (who has never played before) as they play Dungeons and Dragons in real-time. While I have never actually played the game, I love listening to their adventures. Here There Be Gerblins is the first in a series of graphic novel adaptations of their adventures and I cannot wait to see how it is translated to this medium.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Although I have not posted any reading resolutions for 2021 so far, one of the things that I would like to do is read some of the oldest books I own. This falls under that category, as one of the books that I’ve heard excellent things about, but then never picked up because historical fiction is not usually something I gravitate towards. All I remember about this book is that we follow a young blind girl in Nazi-occupied France. Hopefully, this is the book that will encourage me to read more historical fiction because I very rarely seem to pick it up.
Howard’s End By E.M Forster
Another book for the #ClassicsCommunity challenge will be my first E.M Forester book. I fell in love with the BBC adaptation from a couple of years back, so I’m excited that I will finally be reading the book. I have a strong feeling that I am going to enjoy Forster’s writing, and I’m hoping that this could be a new favourite. Forster takes three families, of varying social classes, and brings them together to explore the complexities of society at the beginning of the twentieth century.
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik
The final book on this TBR list was recommended to me by a friend, and conveniently available via BorrowBox, my library app. It is a contemporary fiction book that follows Billal, whose mother’s dying wish was that he will build a mosque int the picturesque English village he lives. It’s a book about the clash of cultures but set within the microcosm of a typical English village. I have seen mixed reviews for this bok and it will be fun to see which side of the fence I land on.