November never fails to be a stressful month. Despite a nice, long Thanksgiving weekend, there’s always plenty of studying to do and papers to write. Nonetheless, I’m really hoping to get some reading done this month. Technically, I’ve put myself on a book-buying ban until I finish up all of my unread books, but as evident from my crowded nightstand, the ban has not been very successful thus far. I did win my copy of Goodbye, Vitamin in a giveaway from Picador and @oliviasview (back in August!), and I received a complimentary copy of Everything Under from Graywolf Press (thank you!), but otherwise, I purchased the rest of this stack. The ban was going very well until I earned a $20 gift card at work, and of course I work at a bookstore so I had to treat myself… it just so happens that I spent a little bit more than the gift card’s worth! Without further ado, here are all the books I acquired last month that are currently on my nightstand, waiting to be read.
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Goodbye, Vitamin is one of those books that I’ve been wanting to read for forever and just haven’t gotten around to yet. It’s a novel not necessarily about Alzheimer’s, more like featuring Alzheimer’s, but written with a light, humorous tone. If anything, I’m interested to see how Khong accomplishes such a feat.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
I am *dying* to read Sally Rooney, and patiently awaiting the U.S. publication of her sophomore effort, Normal People, so of course I am eager to read Conversations with Friends as well. Everyone, or at least everyone in my literary circle, seems to love this novel and I have a good feeling I’ll agree.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Murakami has come highly recommended to me for years now, and the recent release of his latest, Killing Commendatore, has re-sparked my interest in the Murakami canon. Wind-Up Bird seems to be one of his more popular titles, with many Murakami fans naming it as their favorite. I fell in love after the first few pages, and I’m eager to return to it.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Surprise surprise, another Murakami. I’m planning on starting with Norwegian Wood, because I’ve heard it’s a nice introduction to Murakami, especially for fans of more realistic fiction. This one made him somewhat of a superstar in Japan, much to his dismay. Norwegian Wood has been described as a tragic love story, and how accurate that is I’m not sure, but it sounds like my cup of tea.
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
Everything Under was just shortlisted for the Booker, making Daisy Johnson the youngest author to ever make the list, and with her debut novel. So you could say I am very curious to see what all the fuss is about. Everything Under is a re-imagining of the Oedipus myth, which in and of itself is enough to catch my attention.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
The Neopolitan Novels have been on my radar for years now, since the last book came out in 2015, and with the HBO adaptation coming out this month, I finally feel the pressure to crack open the first novel in Ferrante’s four-book series. I’ll admit I’m afraid to start My Brilliant Friend while class is still in session because I’ve heard once you start reading the series, it’s impossible to stop, so it may have to wait until December, but I’m ecstatic to catch some Ferrante fever.
What books have you been excited about recently? Anything on this list you’d recommend I read first? Let me know!