In the interest of thriftiness I am going to try and fill this list with books I already own—hard copy or Kindle. Chances are the really stretchy genres will not be in my collection, so a certain amount of shopping may be required. Two of the books in the 'have to buy' category are on Scribd. Scribd is like Oyster (see me coveting Oyster here) but is available to Australians. For some reason it doesn't attract me in the same way. Maybe it is the website design? Maybe, because it is available, it makes itself less desirable? Maybe I realise that I have enough books already? Is there such a thing? I will probably, when this challenge starts, give the free month a go and see how that works out for me. In the mean time, here are the books I will read for the challenge:
- Award Winning: I'm going the biggen'—the Pulitzer. Gone With The Wind; Margaret Mitchell; Kindle.
- True Crime (Non Fiction): This one is a long-wanted-to-read. In Cold Blood; Truman Capote, Bookshelf.
- Romantic Comedy: I like to watch them, but I don't own any?
The Boy Next Door; Meg Cabot; Purchase or Scribd.
- Alternate History Fiction: I have been itching to get into the Chabon oeuvre. The Yiddish Policeman's Union; Michael Chabon; Bookshelf.
- Graphic Novel: This has been in my Goodreads wishlist for as long as I have had one. V for Vendetta; Alan Moore and David Lloyd; Purchase.
- Cosy Mystery Fiction: I have a series of Cosy Mystery Fiction on my Kindle. Go figure? But I don't have the first book in the series so rather than thinking of this as a purchase, I think of it as an investment in the future (of the other books).
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards; Lillian Jackson Braun; Investment or Scribd.
- Gothic Fiction: I liked the film, I think I will like the book. Shutter Island; Dennis Lehane; Kindle.
- War/Military Fiction: Not a genre I like, so it isn't surprising I have nothing here. The Watch; Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya; Purchase.
- Anthology: I fancied an anthology of reworked fairy tales. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales; Kate Bernheimer (editor); Purchase.
- Medical Thriller Fiction: I didn't think I could get World War Z to squeeze adequately into the genre so I looked at a slightly more realistic medical issue—pro-active bacteria swarms. Prey; Michael Crichton; Kindle.
- Travel (Non Fiction): The only travel non-fiction I own seems to be Bill Bryson; it is time for something else. I own the book in which the author returns to his original text, published scores of years earlier, and I have heard he is a condescending git, so I am eager to read a little of this man, even though it means I have to buy the book. The Great Railway Bazaar; Paul Theroux; Purchase.
- Published in 2014: I can't own this as it hasn't happened yet. I am researching. I looked at James Ellroy's Perfidia, but that will require reading his previous L.A. quartet of books and I am, believe it or not, trying to limit new books-to-read piles. Stay tuned.
Gone Girl; Gillian Flynn; Purchase.
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