Books I wish to buy in the post-pandemic shopping spree

Once upon a time, we referred to BC and AD. But, now life is all about pre-Pandemic and hopefully, soon we will have the bliss to call post-Pandemic.

As everyone looks forward to the day we will go back to normal life and list out things-to-do then, I have my small wishlist of ‘books to buy’ in waiting.

1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The first book on my list is the sequel to a dystopia. I read ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ a couple of months back and it was intriguing where it left me. I should have bought ‘The Testaments’ right away in 2019 but at first, I waited for a paperback to arrive, and then life just had its way to get busy. This is certainly one book where the ‘Booker Prize’ doesn’t add any shine to it…the book simply rests on its prequel.

If you have read Offred’s story, you are sure to pick up from where Atwood left you in that book. There were many questions left unanswered or just left open-ended – I would probably begin with knowing more about the existence of Gilead, the little love story between Offred and Nick, and what more did the tapes hold of Offred’s story.

2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt was published in 2013 and the author won the Pulitzer Prize for the book in 2014. ‘The Goldfinch’ is a coming-of-age story told by a 13-year-old boy who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum where his mother is killed. I had heard about this book on one of the YouTube book vlogs and then went on to hear Donna Tartt’s interviews. I was especially impressed by Donna Tartt as she spoke about her love for reading Charles Dickens and the impact Dickens has on her writing.

Of course, I would also want to read ‘The Secret History’ and ‘The Little Friend’ by Donna Tartt at some point.

3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead’s recent book ‘Nickel Boys’ just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction 2020. This author had made quite an impact with ‘The Underground Railroad’ as it went on to bask the Pulitzer Prize, The National Book Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, apart from being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.

‘The Underground Railroad’ was published in 2016 and received rave reviews. The book has an incredible premise of an alternate history of slavery in America in the 19th century. The underground rail is revealed to the protagonists, the two slaves as they head towards their freedom.  

4. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I heard Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian author on a Ted talk where she spoke about ‘The danger of a single story’. Her oratory skills are exceptional so I went on to listen to ‘We Should all be Feminists’. I later even read the book based on this talk. Though I must admit I felt that ‘We Should All be Feminists’ was a voice of the privileged section of the women population, obviously going against the popular opinion of putting her talk/ book ‘We Should All be Feminists’ on a pedestal.

But, coming back to ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ published in 2006, I like the premise of this historical fiction set during the Nigerian Civil War also called the Biafran War from 1967-70.

5. Beloved by Toni Morrison

‘Beloved’ by Toni Morrison had been on my TBR ever since yet for some reason I kept pushing it aside. The book is set in the time post the American Civil War, inspired by the true story of Margaret Garner, the African American who tried to escape slavery. Wikipedia says that this book was adapted into a movie in 1998 starring Oprah Winfrey. Sadly, I didn’t even know of this movie up until now. Though, I would resist the temptation to watch the movie adaptation for now.

The question is if I am so keen on reading these books, why can’t I just evade the hassle and get the ebooks. I guess some things remain old school – the scent of a new book, the joy of touching a mesmerizing new cover, leaving innumerable bookmarks while turning pages, and the finality of a book in its physical form on my bookshelf.

Do you have a similar wishlist of books to buy? The comments section is all for your taking, do write about the first book you intend to buy once we reach ‘the normal turf’. What is life if not for our little wishlists!   

10 thoughts on “Books I wish to buy in the post-pandemic shopping spree

  1. Ohh.. seriously I am also waiting for this pandemic to end so that I can purchase more and more books.
    The list is increasing every day.
    I too have to purchase “Beloved” by Toni Morrison.
    And your post again reminded me to read “The handmaid’s tale” soon.

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    • Haha…definitely you should pick up ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at the earliest. And, it reminds me to pick up ‘The Blind Assassin’ that has stayed on my shelf for the longest.
      Thank you so much for visiting.

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  2. I was aware of all these titles except for The Goldfinch. Of course, I have read none of them. 😀

    As for book buying, there are no plans as such, but I’ll surely order some. I already have a pile of unread books that is giving me serious guilt. 😁😁

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  3. The time we are passing through now is definitely a turning point in the history of human civilization. The year 2020 will be a very big chapter in the history books that will be written by posterity.
    You have provided a good list. Some of them sound familiar. But I haven’t read any of them. I will keep this list, and check out some of the books.

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