This week’s TTT, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is about which books we’d buy if someone presented us with a gift-card loaded with loads of money. Unfortunately, I think this is merely a creative exercise and nobody is actually going to give me such a thing. Sad times.
Obviously, if someone else was going to finance my book-buying, I’d get all the books I currently think are too expensive, so I’m not putting anything obvious on here because, in all honesty, I can afford to shell out £6 for Empire of Storms without a mystery benefactor.
- Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York edited by John Freeman
This is a short story anthology which focuses on the wealth disparity in New York, where (according to the blurb) “the top one per cent earns more than a half million dollars per year while twenty-five thousand children are homeless.” It features stories by Zadie Smith and Junot Diaz and I’ve had my eye on it for ages.
- Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature edited by Julia L. Mickenberg and Philip Nel
Something else that’s been on my wish list for ages; this collection of stories, poems, comic strips and other texts encourages children to question the authority of those in power. While I don’t necessarily want my daughter to question my authority, I do want her to grow up challenging anything she seess as wrong, and I think this would be a good place to start.
- Good Morning Comrades by Ondjaki
I found out about this thanks to this list on Book Riot; it’s about a group of twelve year old boys growing up during the Angolan Civil War. I’ve become really fascinated with African literature recently and this sounds brilliant.
- The Parachute Drop by Norbert Zongo
Another choice from that Book Riot list, this is set in Burkina Faso (I think it’s safe to say I’ve never read a book with that setting) and is a caricature of a paranoid dictator; the author was imprisoned for three months because of this book and later murdered.
- Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo
This crosses over between my interests in African novels and feminism; it’s about a woman who divorces her abusive husband and is set in Ghana.
- Damnificados by JJ Amaworo Wilson
I found out about this thanks to my clever editor at Fourth and Sycamore, who wrote this review; the book is loosely based on the real-ilfe occupation of a half-completed skyscraper in Venezuela and it sounds cool.
- King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes
One review describes this as “a furious condemnation of the servility of enforced femininity” and that sentence alone makes me want to read it.
- The Outside Lands by Hannah Kohler
This is set in California and Vietnam in 1968; I’ve not read much fiction focusing on that period, although I did read a couple of non-fiction books about Vietnam during my degree. I would very much like to get my hands on this.
- Out of Time by Miranda Sawyer
I heard Miranda Sawyer talking about this handbook of the midlife crisis; it was a very funny and interesting interview which inspired me to read the book too.
- Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
I’ve been meaning to read this for so long but for some reason haven’t bought it yet, so, with this imaginary gift-card, I can finally do it. It’s a YA novel about schizophrenia, which I think Shusterman has based on his son, so it sounds fascinating in every way.