did an amazing list of the books she wants to read next year. Mine isn't quite as impressive, but here we go all the same:
Henry James - Portrait of a LadyColm Toibin's 'The Master' was so tender and reverent, it just inspired me. Knowing some of the background of the book just makes me more desperate to read it.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Shadow of the Wind (started but never finished)It's a book about books, which to me is geeky bliss. The language and atmosphere are absolutely gorgeous, but it's heavy going, and I need to make more of an effort.
Paul Auster - LeviathanThis is one of those books you buy because it looks
fantastic and never start. I've read the first few pages.
Kate Mosse - Labyrinth (started but never finished)Again, this is pretty heavy going, but I got really involved in the storyline, and I'm dying to know what happened. The linguistic elements - the Language of Oc and French both appear quite a lot - helped make it interesting, but the pace is relatively slow.
Lionel Shriver - We Need to Talk about KevinI think this is one of those books I need to read to feel I've understood today's writing.
Wally Lamb - She's Come UndoneI loved
I Know This Much is True so dearly. I actually bought
She's Come Undone for my little sister, and she loved it, so I'll probably steal her copy...
I'd also like to read more Banana Yoshimoto, Jeanette Winterson, Angela Carter, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and many many others.