Summer is well under way, but FWIW, I thought I’d share some upcoming books I plan to tackle.
The Palace of the Peacock by Wilson Harris
From the Faber Finds edition synopsis:
Donne, an ambitious skipper, leads a multiracial crew up an unnamed river in the rainforest. He is searching for the indigenous people of the forest to exploit as cheap labour on his plantation. But the journey is beset with obstacles, and as the crew progress and their relationships develop, it takes on a more spiritual significance, culminating with the crew and the forest folk finding sanctuary and resolution in the visionary Palace of the Peacock.
I don’t know about you, but that’s giving me Heart of Darkness vibes, and I’m here for it. An online acquaintance rated it highly and said they ended up reading the rest of Harris’s Guyana Quartet. 😮
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
I read part of this in 2018—can it have been three years already?!!—and gave up because I felt it was too plotless at the time. Well, I have to say that since then, it’s sat on the back burner of my mind, and I feel ready to return to it and see how it ends. I do not plan to re-read what I read, because like I said, very little happened. I will pick it up right where I left off, as soon as the library ebook is available.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
My brother Nigel and I started this as a readalong, and so far we are both enjoying it. I had measured expectations for such a popular novel, but the writing has been genuinely good. I’m already seeing echoes Lord of the Flies, and Nigel picked up on some moments reminiscent of The Great Gatsby. It’s still early days though, and the novel is somewhat long (~500p), but I’m quite hopeful.
David Copperfield by charles Dickens
This is admittedly the lowest on my priorities list 😆 but I am going to try to follow along with the MeWe readalong for this. You might remember I started it several months ago. They’re doing about 6 chapters a week, which may be a bit much for me with everything else I’m reading. But I shall at least try!
Other books I hope to get to:
- The Analects by Confucius- This has been mentioned not once but twice in Soseki’s The Gate, and it’s on my Classics Club list. It seems like the right time to give it a go, since The Gate will have been fresh in my mind.
- Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
- First Love by Turgenev
- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
To be honest, the likelihood of me reading very much is actually kinda slim. 😆 I’m in the middle of trying to reorganize my spaces, potentially applying for new jobs, and attempting to have a social life. Anywho, all reading shall be enjoyable!