To want. To find. And perhaps to read.

An (overly) optimistic  reading list for 2023… but it’s not even January yet, so perhaps making this list is not altogether a bad thing. It’s a live list and will keep growing, I think – so if you have something interesting on your reading list, let’s hear it!!! Overloaded with poetry and non-fiction but there’s a couple of novels in there as well.

1. Apeirogon – Colum McCann (reading now)
2. The Professor – Charlotte Bronte (my year-end classic ritual, last year I read MiddleMarch by George Eliot)
3. Seven Moons of Maali Almeida – Shehan Karunatilaka (can’t wait to read this one)
4. The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen
5. West Asia At War: Repression, Resistance and Great Power Games – Talmiz Ahmad
6. In a Strange Room – Damon Galgut
7. Regenesis: Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet – George Monbiot (yet to be released)
8. The Earth Transformed: An Untold History – Peter Frankopan (yet to be released)
9. A River Dies of Thirst  – Mahmoud Darwish
10. Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
11. Ambedkar: A Life – Shashi Tharoor
12. All the Light we Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
13. Horizon  – Barry Lopez

15 thoughts on “To want. To find. And perhaps to read.

  1. All the Light We Cannot See is a great book. I try to read a few classics during the year, too. I’d not heard of The Professor, I will have to look it up. Thanks!


  2. Apeirogon has special meaning for me on a personal and activist level, and it is a beautifully written book. I have read it twice and have become involved (in a very small way) in the efforts of Parents Circle – Families Forum and the American Friends of PCFF. I have never been disappointed by anything written by Ocean Vuong. The same is true of Victoria Chang. Thanks for sharing your list; I may add a few of them to my own. Oh, and Gregory Orr’s “Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved” and “How Beautiful the Beloved” are both evocative, transcendent.


  3. I have read two of these – the Ocean Vuong one, and All the Light We Cannot See – both excellent. The other titles look very interesting too. I could see a prompt at earthweal on the topic of feeding the world without devouring the planet. A wonderful list.

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