Welcome to another On My Wishlist, a weekly event hosted by Book Chick City where participants list books they want but haven’t yet purchased, whether they be old, new, or upcoming.
This past week I was able to pick up Black Butler volumes two and four from my previous list. Not only that, but Netflix is offering the first series on instant play. Hooray!
This week, there are several oldies on the list.
1984 by George Orwell
I’ve been meaning to purchase a copy of this book for ages. I almost did several years ago, but that was during the time when publishers were making that new, ridiculously sized paperback. It fell somewhere between mass market and trade styles and cost about ten dollars—needless to say, I refused to buy any such thing. Still, I want to find a copy of 1984. I haven’t read it since my senior year in high school, but I remember being absolutely transfixed (and sufficiently horrified) by the concepts Orwell put in his novel. I would very much like to read it again for my own enjoyment rather than for a class assignment.
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
This is another book that I read during high school (possibly for the same class, though I can’t be sure). I liked the main character very much, and I’d love to read about him again. My memory of the book is spotty. I remember a radio and some kind of catastrophe. I remember the main character reminiscing on his father’s rules about firing a gun and on how he got into trouble, once, for lying. Like 1984, I very much want to refresh my memory of the entire plot and find more things that I like about it.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
I’ve never read this book, but it has been recommended to me several times. It’s in the list of books that my uncle has read that I, too, would like to read and discuss with him one day. Besides, it’s just the sort of post-apocalyptic story I’d be into. And there are monks. I’m always a sucker for stories involving monks. I only see it in bookstores every once in a while, but I’m sure I’ll stumble upon it one of these days when I’m not sure what else I want to buy. That will be the perfect opportunity to pick it up.
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
I’ve wanted to read this book ever since doing a silly quiz called “Which Kurt Vonnegut Novel Are You?” or something to that effect. I came up as Cat’s Cradle and, after reading the blurb, decided that the quiz might just be right. It sounds quite “out there,” and I’m curious as to how Vonnegut weaves together all the elements mentioned in the summary. But more than that, I want to read something written by Vonnegut. I have yet to delve into any of his books, and that is a shame.