I’m usually preeeeeeetty thrifty throughout the year (aka I’m really cheapskate), but when November and December roll around, I tend to go all out and #TREATYOSELF.
Thank you, Retta, my eternal goddess.
Books are usually where the bulk of my money fly to because I like to stock up for the new year, and then cry at the end of the year at all the books I bought but have yet to read, and I repeat this cycle all over again.
I am in a toxic relationship with myself.
So once again, because I cannot and will not be stopped, here are all the books I am excited over (most of which – I’m not ashamed to add – have been recommended in BuzzFeed newsletters):
edit: I decided to break this post into two parts because mY HUNGER IS INSATIABLE.
1) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee I remember my favourite modules in school used to be African Literature and East Asian Literature. I have earlier found an absolutely stunning African lit read in Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing, and I dearly hope that Pachinko would be my songbird as well. Pachinko is a historical fiction spanning four generations of a Korean family as they live through political turmoil, wars, and personal struggles – again, reminiscent of Homegoing, so I’m excited. I’m really am.
2) Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang is a collection of linked short stories of Chinese-American immigrant life. The reviews for Sour Heart are extremely polemic – people either resonate with it or downright HATE it. If you’ve read this, I’d love to hear your opinions on this!
3) The Leavers by Lisa KoThe premise of The Leavers was enough to hook me in – a Chinese mother disappearing without a trace one day, leaving behind her 11-year-old son, Deming, who was subsequently adopted by a white family who attempts to mould him into their version of an “all-American boy.”
“Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately ‘disorderly, and marvelous, and ours.'” – Goodreads
I have been looking to sink my teeth in a good book of poetry for so long, and based on raving reviews all around, Bright Dead Things seems to be the perfect remedy.
5) Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria MachadoHer Body and Other Parties seems very different from books I usually steer towards. I’m not a fan of the fantastical or surrealism (my simple-minded brain can’t grasp such abstract notions). But Her Body and Other Parties remind me of The Vegetarian by Han Kang, and while that left me feeling a little indifferent, I’m always open to giving a similar book a shot. After all, life is all about second chances, amirite?
And that’s it for Part 1 of my reading list. I’d love to say it surprises me that I have a Part 2 to this list, but I’m not too shocked by it. After all, I know all too well that I have a problem. But books feed our souls, and so, I AM READY.
What books are on YOUR list? We all know my shopping cart is still open for more suggestions… 😉