Sunday, 24 December 2017

Hoarding: Books I Need to Read in 2018

Everyone who loves books will relate to this: we've all bought books before that we haven't read yet. Mind you, when I buy a book, I have full intention to read it at some point. But, sometimes, I do buy too many books to squeeze into a limited amount of time. As a result, I find myself with an abundance of books to read at one time. This year, in particular, I don't really know how—okay, it's probably all the hauls I've been doing—but I ended up with a plethora of books. It's crazy! In the book blogging and booktube world, hauls seem to be highly encouraged. You see a lot of book haul videos, but rarely do you get to find out if all of them get read—as far as I can recall, mostly they really don't get read straight away. I find it kind of wasteful and it just doesn't sit right with me, especially for people who may live on a tight budget—like me. So I thought I would show you the books that I've been hoarding and hope to be reading in the new year. There are quite a lot, to be honest, but I'm excited to get through them all. Woohoo!

Splitterherz by Bettina Belitz

This book was given to me by Iva. She found it in a box full of books at her front door—she lives in a dorm, so it's not entirely unusual. She was supposed to take the second book to the Jette Weingärtner series, but she didn't pay attention and swiped this one instead. I'm not entirely sure what it's about—it's supposed to be a YA fantasy novel—and I'm not sure if I'll like it. It is also quite thick, with 630 pages in total, so I'm not sure how eager I am to read this, to be honest. At least I feel like I should give it a try, because Iva lugged it all the way from Germany for me (lol).

Astray by Emma Donoghue

I bought this book at Big Bad Wolf Book Sale in April—which was the most painful experience I've ever had with books. Emma Donoghue is not an unfamiliar name for me. I've read her previous works, Room—which I love so much!—and Frog Music. Judging from the cover, I think it will resonate better with Frog Music, though. From the synopsis at the back, I can't really tell much about the story, to be honest, but I believe in Emma Donoghue's story-telling and can't wait to read this one.

Number 11 by Jonathan Coe

My sister works as a teacher at a local primary school. One day the school got quite a number of book donations—I don't know if they were for the students or the staff, because they didn't seem suitable for children—and my sister was kind enough to take photos of all of them and offered to bring home as many as I'd like to read. This was one of the books I asked her to bring, most definitely only because of the cover. The synopsis on Goodreads really got me intrigued though!

The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages by Sophie Hardach

Another purchase from Big Bad Wolf Book Sale. It's also one of those books I grabbed mostly because of the whimsical cover—I mean, look at it! The title is just as intriguing and whimsical too! The synopsis at the back is incredibly intriguing and described in such a metaphorical string of words, that I can't help but to feel quite excited to read it. Sophie Hardach is a name that I haven't heard of before, though, so I have nothing to expect, in terms of writing style.

No Regrets by Wimar Witoelar

This was also part of the donations to my sister's school. Wimar Witoelar is such a familiar name, although I couldn't quite place it, but I knew I wanted to know what the book is about. His face also looks quite familiar. After reading the full title, I realise that he was the presidential spokesperson during the Soeharto regime—Indonesia's most controversial president/dictator to date. The New Order is such a mysterious time in the government and I always welcome information on this period.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Part of the purchases I made at the Gramedia World Fair, which is an imported book sale from a local bookstore chain—yeah, I go to too many book sales. At first, I was intrigued by the cover, but didn't really give the story or subject matter a second thought. Then my sister, who was with me, mentioned that it's about the environment and I quickly picked it back up. To this day, I'm still not exactly sure what it's about, but I'll find out when I read it.

Underground by Ika Natassa

When I first stumbled upon this book, I was highly intrigued by the rock-concert cover and English language. Why? Because this book isn't imported and Ika Natassa is definitely a local author. As far as I know, her other books are all in Indonesian, so this was quite an interesting anomaly. At first, I didn't know what to make of it, but then her other book was recently turned into a film, so I'm hoping this will be a book I thoroughly enjoy.

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Been interested in Classics lately, when my sister offered her school's donations, I was excited to pick out the classic writers from the pile. The next three books are also from the same pile. Elizabeth Gaskell, to me, always feels like a Horror writer—I'm familiar with her work included in The Virago Book of Ghost Stories. Also, the name Gaskell...doesn't that just remind you of skulls? Anyway, I just mean to say that I expect this book to be along the same lines.

Platform by Michel Houellebecq

One of the authors and books mentioned in Romancing the East. From the cover, you can probably already guess the subject matter being brought up here: sex tourism. Although this was written quite a while ago, unfortunately this industry is very much the centre focus of Thailand's tourism, as I recently read on Jill Matthews's instagram. Very, very intrigued to learn about Southeast Asia from the eyes of a Western visitor.

The Beach by Alex Garland

Also a book mentioned in the previous non-fiction. However, I've also watched the film adaptation of this starring Leonardo Dicaprio. It was quite hard to watch, to be honest, but it really made an impression in me. Also, Romancing the East mentioned the aftermath of the film on the beach it was actually shot in. Rarely do fictions create such a catastrophic impact on the real world and it left me intrigued to read the work it's based on.

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

Again, this author—and book, perhaps—is mentioned in Romancing the East. As most of you would probably know, Ian McEwan is the famous author behind the James Bond series—and, you know, Atonement. I've never read any of his books, but I found the story of Atonement rather tragically beautiful—although the film put me to sleep, unfortunately—so I'm pleased to try one of his works. I've got no great expectations, to be honest.

Lafcadio Hearn's Japan by Lafcadio Hearn

Okay, last author and book from Romancing the East—I promise. Upon reading his life story on said book, I was quickly intrigued, because Lafcadio Hearn sounds like the kind of man I want to meet and exchange stories with—or, at least, I'd hear all of his. This was definitely an impromptu purchase after a terrible day—using the money I don't actually have the liberty to spend—from a highly discounted section of a local imported-books store.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights is a title that brings back memories for me, because my high school classmate Maya had incredible difficulty with this book that she couldn't get past the second or third paragraph. A few months back, while browsing at a local flea market, my sister picked up this book. I thought I'd add this to my list too, because I'm curious about the story and writing style. A lot of people seem to love it so much, though. I've always wanted to know what the Brontë sisters are all about.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

It was Sanne who first got my interest piqued on Jane Eyre—I think it's her all-time favourite book—and when it adapted into film, starring Mia Wasikowska and Jude Law, I decided to watch it. From the trailer, I thought it would be quite a thrilling and scary story, but it turns out to have no ghosts at all. This was purchased during an imported-books sale on my campus, which is deadly for me. I love this modern, tricoloured cover. It'll be one of my first Brontë sisters experiences too!

Wow, writing this post actually got me excited to finally dig into these books. Who knew I hoarded quite a number of books with such varying stories and topics? This will hopefully keep me from feeling the need to blow all my money on more books. How about you? Do you have books at home that you've kept for a while, but haven't read at all? Maybe you should list them, write a tiny synopsis of each of them or where you bought them or why you did so. Pin it somewhere you will most likely constantly see it and may it always be at the back of your head. I guess you can say this is the other side of book hauls. But what good are books when they go unloved and unread? On the flip side, if you want to see the best ten books I actually read this year, you can check out the video down below!

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