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Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (1 of 15)

Way back in December I mentioned that I was restricting my paper reads for 2018 to books from my own personal Book Bucket List. I also played with the idea of discussing those books here on the blog… and then I promptly forgot about that plan. Now, here we are, half-way through 2018, so I thought it would be a good time to review the Bucket List Book Challenge.

First of all, I loosened my “all paper books” restriction to allow for poetry books or graphic novels which weren’t on my list. So there are some of those that I’ve read even though they weren’t on my list.

For the list itself, I took 11 lists of “must-read” books and picked the books from those lists that I wanted to read. (These lists were things like the Amazon’s 100 Books to read in a lifetime or TIME Magazine’s All-TIME Novels.) Several of the books were on multiple lists, and others were on only one or two lists. I kept track of that, and then marked which among these books were a top priority.

For this review of my list, I’ll go over the first ten books on my list (sorted alphabetically) and let you know how many lists they were on, whether or not they are priority reads, whether or not they are re-reads, and whether or not I’ve read them yet. (Obviously this gives the end of the Book Bucket List an advantage, because I’ll have had more time to read those books than the ones that start with “A”.)

*Side note: I used eleven lists to compile this master list. The most lists that any book was on was 10.


1. 1984 by GEORGE ORWELL

  • Number of lists: 10
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: 6/11/2018 — ?
  • Thoughts: I really want to read this one, and am kinda surprised I haven’t done so yet. However, I do have the book on my shelf, and it has a high priority, so I’ll be reading it soon.

2. THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST by ANNE TYLER

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I don’t really remember why this one was on my list, but it sounded interesting at the time and so I do want to check it out. Not a high priority, though, since I can’t even remember why I added it.

3. THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD by HOWARD PYLE

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Not a priority, but at least I remember why I added it. (Hint: it’s because of Robin Hood.)

4. AESOP’S FABLES

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: a bit of both… I’ve read some of the fables, but I don’t know how many
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Some of the fables are well-known… others less so. I want to read a compilation of all (or a least lots) of them.

5. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by EDITH WHARTON

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: This one has the vague feeling of being a classic in my head, hence why I want to read it.

6. THE ALCHEMIST by PAULO COELHO

  • Number of lists: 4
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’ve heard good things about this one, and I think it’s one of the ones that I’ve had recommended to me by friends. This isn’t a priority read, but it’s close.

7. ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS by LEWIS CARROLL

  • Number of lists: 9
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: This isn’t a priority read because I’ve read it before. I think it is one of those books that everyone should read, though.

8. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT by ERICH MARIA REMARQUE

  • Number of lists: 4
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Another one that is a vague classic to me. It also sounds on the depressing side, though, so it’s not a huge priority for me.

9. ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN by BOB WOODWARD & CARL BERNSTEIN

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I want to learn more about my country’s history, and there are plenty of situations (like Watergate) that I know only enough about it to get myself in trouble when discussing it.

10. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER CLAY by MICHAEL CHABON

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: This one sounds amusing, largely because of the title. I’ll be honest; I added it purely for the option of lightening up the list and making it happier.

Have you read these books? Are there any I should watch out for, or that I should move to the top of my priority list?

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7 thoughts on “Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (1 of 15)

  1. All Quiet is an extremely good read but emotionally draining. That ending! I do recommend it though. It is a powerful read. Kavalier was just so well written. I don’t even like comic books and yet I found the entire book fascinating. 1984 is a book with a perfect ending. I liked Aesop’s fables and know I read many but don’t remember them all at this point. I had a collection of them at some point, lost to me now. I just looked them up to see which I remember and learned a new fact – apparently Aesop was a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. I had no idea these were that old. Awesome. The website https://aesopsfables.org/ lists 258. Yay for Howard Pyle. I love his illustrations. Wonderland books are silly and fun. I’ll stop there. Arrr!
    x The Captain

    1. Yeah, All Quiet just sounds draining. Still, I do want to read it. And I’ve heard good things about Kavalier! 258 fables? Yikes, that’s a lot. Maybe I don’t want to read quite *all* of them… Neat Aesop trivia, though! I didn’t know the fables were that old, either.

      I’m currently reading 1984 (just realized I should edit the read dates) and am enjoying it so far. Thanks for the notes!

  2. 1984 was one of those “highschool” books for me and while I am really glad I read it, I don’t ever plan on re-reading it.

    The only other one on the list I’ve read is Age of Innocence. Read it back in ’15 and while I gave it 4stars, here’s a sentence from my review of it:
    “This has to be one of the saddest, emptiest books I’ve read in quite some time as well”

    So take from that what you will 😀

    1. Huh, interesting. I’ll have to add that to my “read when I can handle sad books” list. Thanks for the notes! I never read 1984 in school, so I thought it was important to read at least once.

  3. Oh, reading 1984 now… O.O I read The Accidental Tourist so long ago I don’t remember anything about it. D’oh! I think I had one of those Classics Illustrated comic books of Robin Hood – does that count?? And that’s it for your list…

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