I’ve been using these short to-read lists lately, where I pick around 10 books I’d like to read next, and I’ve been finding them really helpful because my long to-read list is… unwieldy and when I have ~100 books to choose from I find it much harder to make a decision than when I only have 10.
Then I came across “New to the Queue” by Jamie over at Perpetual Page Turner. Jamie adds more than just books to her list – she includes movies and TV series that she wants to watch and podcasts and music she wants to listen to. Now, as it happens, I’m nearly at the end of my current to-read list so I’m borrowing the concept to see me through my To Read/To Watch/To Whatever list to the end of the year. I hope Jamie won’t mind. Here we go!
Books to read:
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Hagseed by Margaret Atwood
- Book club choice
- The Private Memoirs of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
Books to read (work edition):
- Concentrate: Intellectual Property Law by Tim Press
- Nutshells Tort by Vera Bermingham
- Concentrate: Company Law by Lee Roach
TV to watch:
- Stranger Things S2
- The Handmaid’s Tale S1
- The Wire S1
Events to attend:
- Mamma Mia (Musical at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal)
- Mogwai (playing live at the SSE Hydro)
- The Nutcracker (Ballet at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre)
- Play a bunch of the Witcher III
- Play a bit of South Park: The Fractured Butt Whole
- Play at least some of at least one of the many, many point and click adventures festering in my Steam library.
Phew! That ought to keep me busy. In fact, if not for the fact that I’m expecting to take a couple of weeks off work around Christmas I might have to admit that I’m biting off more than I can chew.
Note that I normally choose 10 books and don’t include books for work, whereas this time I’ve chosen 5 and have listed work-related texts separately. That’s because if I get any books for Christmas I want to be allowed to choose to read them during the final 6 days of the year. In terms of work stuff, I tend to read that on the train in the morning and I read something not work-related on the train home. Three is definitely too many to finish in time but we’ll see how it goes.