Books I Intend to Read Really (Really) Soon

Unlike the other long lists I write (all the time; I am a list person), I’ve loved assembling this one.  It’s a list of the books that I intend to read really, really soon. Some of these might take your fancy too.

My intention is to lovingly curate this list and hopefully watch it dwindle. But it’s fine if it doesn’t. It means I’ve found other books that are equally enticing.

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Affinity by Sarah Waters (the only book I haven’t read by my most favourite living author)

Autumn by Ali Smith (my second most favourite living author)

Commonwealth by Ann Pratchett, recommended by Kate W @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest

Convincing Ground by Bruce Pascoe (part of my challenge to read more Indigenous authors)

Chains of Sand by Jemma Wayne (shorted listed for the Not The Booker Prize 2016)

Dirt Road by James Kelman (one of the best Scottish writers around)

Dissolution by C.J. Sansom (a Tudor mystery), recommended by Cathy @ WhatCathyReadNext

Do Not Say That We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (saw her interviewed at a Wheeler Centre event and she is so damn smart)

Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (audio) by Clare Wright (winner of the Stella Prize 2014)

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (short listed for the Man Booker 2016)

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (we go a long way back, me and Judy)

Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home edited by Kent MacCarter and Ali Lemer

Love and Freindship and Other Youthful Writings by Jane Austen (that title typo is most disconcerting, but it’s not mine!)

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (everyone else is, so I feel obliged)

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, recommended by Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (about Korea occupied by the Japanese), recommended by Grace @ Cultural Life

Petals of Blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, recommended by Madame Bibliophile Recommends

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett, recommended by Kate W @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest

Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue, recommended by Jan @ WhatIThinkAboutWhenIThinkAboutReading

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (about Lizzie Borden, famously accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892)

Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, recommended by Bronte’s Page Turners

Shrill by Lindy West (because I saw her at a Wheeler Centre event and she is ACE)

Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine (I loved her book Delusions of Gender)

That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott (part of my challenge to read more Indigenous authors)

The Hate Game by Maxima Beneba Clarke (short listed for the Stella Prize 2017)

The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison (a detective story set amongst people who are Mormons), recommended by Lit Hub

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

The Hands by Stephen Orr, recommended by Lisa @ ANZ Litlovers Lit Blog

The Mothers by Brit Bennett (cos my mum lent it to me, after I bought it for her)

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Su-Mi Hwang (great title and great cover)

The Long Drop by Denise Mina (cos she is awesome)

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (short listed for the Stella Prize 2017)

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami (great title, great cover)

The Soldier’s Curse by Meg and Tom Keneally (a convict turned detective in 1825 NSW – what’s not to love)

The Strays (audio) by Emily Bitto (Stella Prize Winner 2015)

The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan

The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley, recommend by Anika my Book Buddy

They All Love Jack by Bruce Robinson, recommended by Jan @ WhatIthinkWhenIthinkAboutReading

Year of Wonders:  A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks (still not read anything by this amazing writer)

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, recommended by Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

What Came Before by Anna George, recommended by Anika my Book Buddy (a novel about family violence)

Wasted by Elizabeth Muir, recommended by Kate W @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest

This is a site about books and about tea, and how we should read more books and drink more tea. Sometimes, it's hard to know what books to read and what tea to drink. This is where I can help out.


  1. Some great reads! I want to read Commonwealth soon too. Totally agree about the cover of Nankano Thrift Shop, it’s lovely! I really enjoyed it, hope you do too 🙂

    • I realise that I didn’t add Petals of Blood which you reviewed a couple of weeks ago. That’s going on the list too now. (This is my attempt to be more organised with all this – we’ll see how it pans out).

  2. Ok well I can highly recommend Geraldine Brooks and not sure how you have made it this far without reading her books! The Farm also a great thriller for a quick holiday read. Affinity, although subtler than some of her others is definitely a Sarah Waters joy. And my Grandma raved about A God in Ruins and is now on my list!

  3. Great list, hope you enjoy the books….the ones you get to anyway 😉

  4. Have you read Life after Life by Kate Atkinson? A God in Ruins is the sequel, although it can be read as a standalone book. Both books are fantastic!

    I’ve heard so much about Elena Ferrante’s books. I think that, like you, I’ll probably end up reading them because everyone else is.

    • No, I didn’t realise it’s a sequel. I should probably start with Life after Life shouldn’t I. Thanks for the tip!

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