It’s funny how I ended up a student of literature and an editor because of my love of reading, only to realise that being at the position I’m now in, I seldom have time to read for pleasure anymore. What with all the study texts, required reading, journals and literary criticism for research and essay writing; not to mention the ever present slush pile to go through and to work on several drafts of the ones that make the cut, my to-read shelf grows faster than I can ever hope to tackle.
Yet once a lover of good fiction, always a lover of good fiction! And the list of classics I still want to go through is a long one, not to mention the collections of writers I love like Achebe, Hemingway, Dostoevsky, Steinbeck and so on, but every once in a while, there are contemporary writers who jump the lines and grab my attention. So the ones I’m looking forward to reading as soon as there’s a window of opportunity are:
- Katherine Heiny’s (new and just released collection) Single, Carefree, Mellow
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah
- William T. Vollmann’s Butterfly Stories
- Segun Afolabi’s A Life Elsewhere
- Michelle Houellebecq’s Submission
Now to squeeze them into the busy life and enjoy some recreational reading!
What are your most anticipated reads for 2015 and shall I include them in my list?
Samir Rawas Sarayji