I’d just like to state now that my actual Amazon wishlist currently has around seventy books in it, so I’ve really had to whittle this down. I’ve picked a handful of books that I really can’t wait to get my hands on and read for the first time, so here goes!
“This is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. Over the course of three weeks in present-day Washington DC, three sons watch their parents’ marriage falter and their family home fall apart. Meanwhile, a larger catastrophe is engulfing another part of the world: a massive earthquake devastates the Middle East, sparking a pan-Arab invasion of Israel. With global upheaval in the background and domestic collapse in the foreground, Jonathan Safran Foer asks us – what is the true meaning of home? Can one man ever reconcile the conflicting duties of his many roles – husband, father, son? And how much of life can a person bear?”
Jonathan Safran Foer is right up there with my favourite authors. Two of his novels are in my top ten books. He has this incredible way of showing you the world in a way that you’ve never seen before, and making you feel bizarrely strong emotions over the smallest things. His words stick with me constantly, and I can’t wait to make a start on his latest novel.
“On his third birthday, Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum, Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures is post-war Germany.”
As soon as I saw this boon in Waterstones, I knew I had to read it. I find novels set in Nazi Germany very interesting to read, and I feel that they always give me a new insight into life at that time, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. On top of that, the decision to stop growing and the wish to remain a child is something I can really relate to, because growing up has always been one of my biggest fears, so I’m really excited to see how things turn out for Oskar in this novel and how he deals with his traumas.
“The dead of winter, Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Charlie has hit rock bottom. Away from the rest of the world, this perfect escape is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A hired beauty, a fireman, and an eccentric British real estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country all suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny. This pithy piece portrays a scenario of attempted suicide with mordant humour, where a basis of social alienation leads to unexpected connections. The richly-drawn characters are quick-witted and narcissistic yet self-aware, and the dialogue is fluid and witty.”
I love reading plays, and I love Zach Braff. Witty characters are my favourite kind, and I’m interested to see how Braff intertwines the serious and morbid with the lighter stuff. His film I Wish I Was Here was incredible, and the dimension he gave his characters brought so much emotion to the film. I hope that he can bring the same kind of feelings on paper.
“Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world’s greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory. To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders.”
In my opinion, space, time, and our pure existence are the most incredibly interesting things that we could ever talk about. I’m not into all the equations and difficult parts, because frankly I can’t do any of that fancy stuff, but I do love a good, well-written, and concise book about the universe. Brian Cox’s Human Universe had me fascinated the whole way through, so I can’t wait to dig into Stephen Hawking’s best-selling book.
“The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”
I’ve heard so much about this little book of poems, and I’ve read some of Rupi Kaur’s work before. She writes in such a beautiful and concise way, highlighting so many tiny fragments of life that are usually so difficult to eloquently put into words. I feel as though this is the kind of book that I’m going to end up picking up time and time again, so I can’t wait to read it for the first time.