On My Wishlist: Adult Fiction*

*(Also known as, er, fiction).

On My Wishlist: Adult Fiction

Here is another post about books that are ‘on my wishlist but I probably shouldn’t buy for at least a few years because my ‘to read’ list is so high that if I stacked each book on top of each other, and it fell on me, it’d probably kill me’. (As a side note, I’m calling this ‘adult fiction’ as an explanation as to why there are no children’s books or young adult books here.)

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
I really enjoyed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy when I read it last year so I’d love to check out the next book and the rest of the series. I’ve also been told repeatedly to check out the original radio series.

Fuse by Julianna Baggott
Pure was one of my favourite post-apocalypic books of 2012 and although I would have preferred it to be a standalone novel, I cannot wait to see what happens in Fuse. Yes, it’s another end of the world and yes, it involves people who live under domes, but Pure presents world-building like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
In Cold Blood is said to be the first book that inspired ‘crime’ as a genre. It’s also narrative non-fiction, which is my favourite kind of non-fiction (so I’m probably cheating putting it here, but it bridges the gap between fiction and non-fiction). In Cold Blood ‘reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children’.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
It took me a little while to decide whether or not Ready Player One was something I wanted to read, but positive feedback from my friends swayed me! I’m not really into games but I am into geeky references.

Part quest, part romance, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is a crime novel that initially didn’t stand out to me as being different from any other crime novel, but I haven’t stopped hearing about it for over a year. It also won a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award. The last time I listened to hype surrounding a crime novel was when I picked up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is a trilogy I loved, so here’s hoping! It’s described as an ‘unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong’.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
I’ll be honest, I mainly want to pick this up because of 1) the cover and 2) the title. Also, I always see a stack of them whenever I visit Daunt Books. A good sign, surely?

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health. A big celebration is in the works for his 100th birthday, but Allan really isn’t interested, so he decides to escape.

The Day of the Triffids and The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
I couldn’t decide between these two! They have both been on my wishlist ever since dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction became favourites of mine – they are both classics. They fit more into the science fiction genre than I’m used to, but that’s the fun of it. A devastating global nuclear war and grass that eats you. Why not?

Honourable mentions: Of Mine and Men, Lolita, The Alchemist, Player One, A Game of Thrones, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and The Storyteller.

Are any of these books on your wishlist? What other fiction titles do you want to read?

Check out my previous On My Wishlist posts: Zombies!, YA Contemporary, On My Wishlist #1, It’s Nearly Christmas.

17 thoughts on “On My Wishlist: Adult Fiction*

  1. I have heard nothing but great things about Gone Girl… I have decided if I was am going to read it or not.

    Happy reading

  2. These all seem so interesting! Particularly “Gone Girl” and “Ready Player One”, they both are high on my to-read list and hopefully I’ll get to read them this year :).

  3. Nooooooo! Not the Triffids! They were too scary for me, so I had to put them down about halfway through. They’re not scary like “Boo!”, more scary like “make you think about terrifying questions about your own future in the event that something seriously untoward were to happen to everyone simultaneously”…..

  4. I’ve heard great things about 100 Year Old Man. Gone Girl on my wish list as well – it popped up in so many ‘best of 2012’ lists, I don’t want to miss out!

  5. Great list! I also picked up The 100-Year-Old Man because I saw so many of them in Daunt Books. I also think you’d like The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which is about a middle aged man who walks across England.

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  7. Gone Girl is on my list too 🙂

  8. Gone girl is definitely on my list. “In Cold Blood also looks great. I am going to have to check some of these books out out, especially since I have to wait until March for “Stelladaur: Finding Tir Na Nog” by S. L. Whyte comes out. Thanks for the great recommendations!


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