- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson - I've had this ever since it started getting lots of hype, and I know I'm going to adore it. I love the premise of getting to relive parts of your life. I also have Atkinson's Case Histories, so hopefully this one will trigger an Atkinson reading binge.
- The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making by Catherynne M. Valente - I have seen lots of positive reviews of this one, and I'm excited to delve into the atmosphere of the novel.
- Gossip From the Forest by Sara Maitland - Part travelogue and part history/development of fairytales? Yes please!
- Under the Skin by Michel Faber - I love Faber, and if I can't justify buying his new book yet, I can at least read from his back-list. This is a creepy story of a female driver who likes to pick up male hitch-hikers with big muscles.
- Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman - Historical fiction about black boys accused of raping a white girl in 1930s Alabama. It was short-listed for the Orange prize too, which makes me more keen to read it.
- Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody 1) - I'm generally not into mysteries, but this one is set in Egypt and features an ahead-of-her-time main character.
- Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin - I like non-fiction like this, that blends travel with literature, history and politics. I'm planning on reading this once I get to Orwell's Burmese Days.
- Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal - I've done quite a bit of reading into African history and the creation of different empires, and Stanley is fascinating, but for all the wrong reasons. This is the man who helped King Leopold plunder the Congo and commit horrific deeds there. I'm interested in reading more about his motivations and frankly, how he lived with himself.
- Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami - I heard about this one when it was nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize earlier in the year. It's about a relationship between a 30 year old woman and one of her high school teachers, and something about it really appeals to me.
It goes without saying that there are of course more unread books than this on my kindle - I am a hoarder in all mediums, but these are the ones that really strike my fancy at the moment. If you've read any of them, I'd love to know your opinions.