It’s the second day of the week! It’s also time for a Top 5 Tuesday update. Top 5 Tuesdays was originally created by Shanah @ the Bionic Bookworm but is now currently being hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic: Top 5 Books on My Wish list

Wish list. Wish list. Honestly, I have quite a very long list of books I want to read and buy. (I have been wishing for others to gift them to me, somehow. Haha. Just kidding). For this Top Five Tuesday update, here are some of the books on my (perpetually growing) wish list.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

I am starting off the list with a fairly recent book. At the start of the year, while searching for books to include in my own 2021 Books I Look Forward To List, Zakiya Dalila Harris’ The Other Black Girl was a title I kept on encountering in similar list. Because this, I included it in my own list. Harris’ debut novel, it was just released last June 1 but has been receiving some positive feedback. These positive feedbacks further consolidated my interest in the book. I do hope to gain a copy of the book soon.

I Am A Cat by Natsume Soseki

I thin this is one of the books that have been on my reading wish list the longest. The first time I have encountered Natsume Soseki’s I Am A Cat while browsing the bookstore, I knew I have to read it. I don’t know. The prevalence of cats in Haruki Murakami’s works and in Japanese literature made me curious about the place of cats in Japanese literature. This somehow made I Am A Cat an imperative read for me. I have been holding out on buying a copy of the book for I am hoping to find a hardbound copy of it. I actually have a lot of Japanese works on my wish list and I Am A Cat is just one of them.

Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle

I also have a lot of book series on my wish list such as Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time and also Yukio Mishima’s The Sea of Fertility Tetralogy. Another book series that I have been wanting to read and purchase for a long time is Madeleine L’Engle’s popular young adult series, the Time Quintet. Although I have not watched the movie adaptation, it was one of the reasons why I wanted to read the series. However, just like I Am A Cat, I have been holding out any purchase because I am waiting for a complete hardbound set of the series.

A Heart So White by Javier Marias

I have not previously heard of Spanish novelist Javier Marias nor did I encounter any of his works. This was until one friend suggested his novel, A Heart So White to me. I think this was in early 2019. I added the book to my growing reading list because I explicitly trust this friend’s reading recommendations; he recommended Han Kang’s Human Acts which I absolutely loved and even though I wasn’t a fan of Kang’s The Vegetarian. I have bought some of Marias’ other works in the hopes of getting some footing into this body of work but I am still to encounter a copy of A Heart So White.

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

And you might have already noted that I am a huge fan of Japanese literature. In this thread alone, I have listed I Am A Cat, mentioned Haruki Murakami, and also Yukio Mishima’s The Sea of Fertility Tetralogy. To close this list, I am enumerating yet another Japanese work – Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs. I encountered the book when there was a growing interest after it was translated into English. A bandwagoner myself, it didn’t take a lot to convince me to include this book in my wish and reading lists. I have been meaning to purchase a copy of the book because I am hoping that it would be the highlight of my Japanese literature month this year. Too bad that the seller I contacted has run out of hardbound copy of the book. And yes, the English translation of one of Kawakami’s novels has just recently been published. It is no brainer that Heaven is part of my reading list.

That’s it for this Top Five Tuesday update. How about you fellow readers? What books are on your wish lists? I hope you can share them in the comment box. For now, I hope you all have a great Tuesday and an even greater week ahead!