New reading wishlist

I have nearly run out of books to read (currently about halfway through The River by Patrice Newell and have Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs on standby). Like a true addict, I panic when my book supply runs low and so have been sourcing for new reads. Here's my new reading wishlist.

1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Have read many a good reviews about this book, even my favourite authors have raved about it. One even "wished she'd written a book like it". The story follows the journey of Pi, an Indian boy and explores issues of religion, spirituality and practicality from an early age and survives 227 days shipwrecked and stranded with a female orangutan named Orange Juice, a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, and a Bengal Tiger by the name of Richard Parker. Sounds absolutely fascinating to me.

2. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Marketed as "One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia", it sure sounds like a chick lit, but I like to believe it is more than that. I like to think it's more of a travelogue of spiritual seeking and her adventures along the way.

3. One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell. Need I say more? It's from the writer of Sex and the City, 4 Blondes, Trading Up, all of which gave me immense reading pleasure. Definitely won't be missing out on this one.

4. The Boat by Nam Le. Only just read about this book today, Vietnamese-Australian writer just won the international Dylan Thomas Prize for young writers with his debut collection of short stories, The Boat (that's a whopping AUD$138,000 in prize money!) The Asia-Australian diaspora has always been of interest to me, being an Asian in Australia. While drawing on his own family history, reviewers have noted that Nam Le went beyond the "typical Vietnamese thing", which basically means it's not cheesy and typical 'Asian' experiences. Sounds great.