I cannot help but buy books. I’m drawn to them, I collect them, and I want to work with them as a career. So naturally, any note telling myself not to buy any books was not going to work out. (And it didn’t.)

I’ve long since gone through my summer reading list (link to previous post) and then some. Those ten were then followed by an additional five books. Yeesh! You can check out the reviews for all of the titles in my summer list here on my Goodreads page.

And as we slowly progress into fall (or here in Australia, spring!) I’ve put together the beginnings of another reading list; I have cleverly titled it the “Fall 2019” reading list. So far, the list is:

  • Only Americans Burn in Hell by Jarett Kobek
  • Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe
  • The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder
  • The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
The initial “Fall 2019” reading list.

It’s a pretty small list, but I have no doubt that it will double in size before my time in Melbourne is up. I’ve already ticked the first book off of the list, Kobek’s Only Americans Burn in Hell. Check out my first impression of the book or head on over and read my Goodreads review.

I’ll admit that I’m most excited to read Yoko Ogawa’s novel The Memory Police. It’s the English translation of Ogawa’s 1994 novel by the same title about futuristic government surveillance in which the police can erase any memory of an item or person. The premise seems very reminiscent of 1984 and I’m curious to see how Ogawa traces this version of an all-seeing all-knowing government in her book.

However, I’m reading Velocity Weapon next. Science Fiction is my favorite genre of book and when I saw Megan O’Keefe’s novel hit the shelves in June, I knew I had to read it. It’s unfortunate that it’s taken me so long to get to it, but I’m more than ready to sink my teeth into all 544 pages of this rogue space opera.

Guaranteed that more books will be added to this list (and then subsequently finished!)

Cheers!

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