Friday, October 22, 2010

My reading wish list

This is what I am dying to read:

The Master of Hestiviken tetralogy and/or the Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy by Sigrid Undset - Have read one (or was it two?) of these books set in medieval Norway, when I was 15. Would dearly love to read both the entire series from the beginning. Undset won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928.
Indiaplaza has a couple of books from the latter series.

The Oathsworn Series by Robert Low (read and reviewed the first one, The Whale Road on this blog here)

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters – a story set in WWII England – need I say more? (Rs.233 on Indiaplaza)

Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller – Just to see what all the hype is about.
(Rs.189 on Indiaplaza)

In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant - A book set in Renaissance Italy. I’m not sure if its trash fiction aspiring to be highbrow or not, but it seems worth a read. (Rs.254 on Indiaplaza)

Lord Byron’s Novel – The Evening Land by John Crowley - I adore Byron, and I love books that employ narrative techniques that are slightly different.

Twilight by Katherine Mosby – No, no, not that one! This Twilight is pegged as one woman’s tale of awakening and is set, from what I can tell, in pre WWII Paris

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry – A story set in Ireland, one with buried secrets from the past - the sort of thing which is right up my alley  (Rs.526 on Indiaplaza)

The Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell – This one traces the life of an orphan girl in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century England and apparently “exposes the lies, deceptions, hypocrisy, inequitable class system, and restrictive gender roles in nineteenth century British society” Whew! I just love period fiction, that is all. (Rs.524 on Indiaplaza)

Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland – A fictional biography of Louise de la Valliere, mistress of Le Roi Soleil or Louis IV
(Rs.1245 on Indiaplaza)

There does seem to be a common theme running through these books, doesn’t it? None of them are set in contemporary times!

Also looking forward to reading Stieg Larsson, Roddy Doyle's latest, and much more!

1 comment:

old fable teller, me... said...

Sigrid Undset is available in gigapedia. happy downloading. :)