One of my reading goals for 2018 is to finish all the physical books (paperbacks and hardbacks) I own by the end of March. I’m moving out of the country and don’t have the luggage space to drag a ton of books across the world with me. I also don’t want to leave behind a bunch of books I bought and never read.
These are my priority for the first quarter of the year so let’s take a look at them:
- The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
I bought this last year and have been desperate to read it for the longest time. I’ve been making a conscious effort in the last few months to read more books written by indigenous authors but I’ve yet to read anything by an indigenous Canadian. This will be the first.
- Plum Bun by Jessie Redmon Fauset
I put this on my wishlist a while back while I was looking for reads similar to Nella Larsen’s ‘Passing’.
- I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres
Call me trash but I’m a sucker for memoirs that revolve around the 60s/70s rock ‘n’ roll scene – even if those memoirs are written by some of the most notorious groupies around.
- Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo
This was one of the books I received for Christmas. I’d put this on my Amazon wishlist last year after seeing a review for it on youtube. Joy Harjo is supposed to be an incredible writer.
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess was one of my favourite films growing up. I don’t know why I never thought about reading the book until I saw a copy of it on sale last year.
- Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov
I read Lolita about 2 years ago and, in spite of the subject matter, I fell in love with Nabokov’s writing. I want to read more by him (especially after I read that he would translate his work into English himself).
- Anything Goes by John Barrowman
I watched Torchwood for the first time last year so it really got me wanting to read more about Barrowman. He’s a bit of a national treasure.
- Ohitika Woman by Mary Brave Bird
Lakota Woman was one of my favourite books last year. This is the follow up memoir by Mary and definitely one of my most-anticipated reads.
- The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion
I have been wanting to read all of Didion’s fiction before starting on her non-fiction. This is one of two books I have left.
- Democracy by Joan Didion
This is the other work of fiction by Didion that I’ve yet to read. As I do tend to prefer non-fiction, I’m quite excited to get to this so I can move on to Didion’s essay collections.
- Going Solo by Roald Dahl
I bought this with a copy of Boy last year. Boy was a re-read for me but Going Solo is one I never got around to reading during my childhood. It is the second of Dahl’s memoirs and follows his time overseas in the military.
- Woman Walking Ahead; In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull by Eileen Pollack
This is a book that examines the relationship between Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull. Weldon was a white woman artist who travelled to Standing Rock to paint Sitting Bull’s portrait and ended up becoming his personal secretary. I’d read that Hollywood had turned this story into a film with Jessica Chastain and Michael Greyeyes and was already causing a bit of controversy with its ‘white saviour’ theme before it’s even been released. I’d like to read this book first to get the real background story and then see what Hollywood has done with it.
- Poet in New York: A Bilingual Edition by Federico Garcia Lorca
One of two bilingual books I own in order to keep practising my Spanish, I bought this last year while I was considering moving to Spain for a while.
- Short Stories in Spanish edited by John R. King
I bought this while I was on holiday in Madrid last month. I figured it would be a good pairing with Lorca’s poetry to get my brain working. It’s been five years since I left Mexico and I’d really hate to lose any language I may have acquired.
- The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
And that’s it. That’s my physical TBR. I have until April 1st to get these read and, while that might sound easy, we’re already entering the second week of January and I’m currently reading a book on my Kindle and a library book. I haven’t even made a dent in this list yet. Fail.
I think I may have to start putting a system in place where I’m only allowed to read a library book if I’ve read two from this pile. Otherwise, it’ll never get done.