I have an impulse control problem when it comes to buying more books than I can possibly read in the foreseeable future. Part of it is a deeply ingrained panic; What if I find I have nothing to read and it’s 3am and I’m in some kind of desert and I can’t replenish my book supply hurgle burgle!?!
…And part of it is that the price of kindle books, compared to the price of physical books in Norwegian book stores, is “almost nothing”. It’s a squinty-wiggly kind of true, and I’m not rich, but the comparison makes a compelling illusion, and I grew up getting used to having to consider a certain percentage of my budget book money – and haven’t bothered to change that percentage. After all, it just means more books.
And yet my wish list remains long and looming. So – ten books I want to read and don’t actually own yet (excluding not yet published ones, because that’s a different list):
- Cyberabad Days, by Ian McDonald
- Blueprints of the Afterlife, by Ryan Boudinot
- Wake, by Elizabeth Knox
- Cranioklepty, by Colin Dickey
- The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaniemi
- The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
- Shaman, by Kim Stanley Robinson
- A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, by Janna Levin
- Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How humans will survive a mass extinction, by Annalee Newitz
- An Intellectual History of Cannibalism, by Cătălin Avramescu, Alistair Ian Blyth
I made this list by starting at the far end of my amazon wishlist, which is really awkwardly long, and picking titles a bit willy-nilly. It’s still a valid top 10, I want all of them pretty badly.