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Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (2 of 15)

I’ve been actually making progress on my book bucket list, and while there’s no way I’m going to finish reading anywhere near all of the books on this list by the end of the year, I do think I’ll have made a decent dent in it.

For this review of my list, I’ll go over the next 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.

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

Prior reviews can be found here:     Post #1


1. AMERICAN GODS by NEIL GAIMAN

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’ve wanted to read this one for a long time. The length is all that’s kept me from doing so up to now…

2. ANNA KARENINA by LEO TOLSTOY

  • Number of lists: 7
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’m not entirely sure if this is one I want to *read* or want to *have read*. In either case, I’ll need to read it in order for either to apply, so I guess it doesn’t make any difference at this point.

3. ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. MONTGOMERY

  • Number of lists: 4
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I keep thinking I should read this. But then I also feel like I should have read it already, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of it now (as an adult) compared to how I would have liked it if I’d first read it when I was younger.

4. THE ANUBIS GATES by TIM POWERS

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Something about the concept of this one interested me, and so it’s stayed on my TBR list even though I can’t pinpoint exactly why I want to read it.

5. ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET by JUDY BLUME

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Another one that I feel I should have read when I was younger, and yet I don’t think I did. I know I read other Judy Blume books, though I’m not entirely sure which ones anymore.

6. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS by JULES VERNE

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: After Twenty Thousand Leagues I’m a little concerned about this one, but I do want to at least give it a try.

7. THE ART OF WAR by SUN TZU

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I want to branch out and read more by non-American (or UK) authors, and this fits. I’ve also heard it referenced as a classic, so I’m curious to see what it’s like for myself.

8. AS YOU LIKE IT by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: More Shakespeare that I’m pretty sure I haven’t read, and want to!

9. THE AWAKENING by KATE CHOPIN

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I remember this book in only the vaguest sense, so I want to revisit it and see what I think of it now. I’m pretty sure I read it in my High School Sophomore English class and I know from past experience that books which meant something to me then don’t always carry that same impact now.

10. BEL CANTO by ANN PATCHETT

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I know very little about this book, but it’s interested me every time I read the synopsis. (And then I proceed to forget the synopsis very soon afterward. I’m hoping this isn’t a sign of what I’ll think of the book.)

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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22 thoughts on “Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (2 of 15)

  1. I quite enjoyed around the world in 80 days. I read it together with my husband, after we read Leagues. I found around the world (tho still slow at times) a faster read. The main character is a bit of an ass, but his assistant is enjoyable to follow. Def worth a try.

    1. Awesome! I’m looking forward to reading it because I enjoyed Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days seems similar in some ways.

  2. Both me and the first mate loved Anubis Gates. It be excellent. As are all of those Anne books and all those Shakespeare plays. I loved American Gods but the first mate did not. Now granted he is not a huge Gaiman fan (nuts!). I want to reread it but have not due to length.
    x The Captain

    1. Yeah, length is the only reason I haven’t read American Gods already… I think I’m going to take it on vacation with me this fall so that I know I won’t run out of reading material.

      1. LOL, I spent my last vacation reading Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book, which spends a good chunk of time in the middle of the Black Death in England. Dark reads on vacation don’t bother me all that much. 😉

  3. I’ve read Anne of Green Gables both as a child and as an adult, and I definitely recommend it! It’s a lovely book, warm and comforting. I think I’m with you on The Awakening–I read it in college and remember enjoying it, but I don’t remember much about the book itself!

  4. I just recently found a copy of the Art of War on our shelves and it’s a lot smaller than I thought, so I might have to give it a go at some point! I hope you get to American Gods and love it! I think you’ll enjoy it!

    1. Oh, good to know! I’ll have to move that one up the list a little. It’s always encouraging to read small books to get the numbers up. 😉 And then there’s American Gods… I have plans to take it on vacation with me this fall, though, so that I’ll know I won’t run out of reading material.

  5. So many good books coming your way!

    Anne is one of those books that I have enjoyed immensely as an adult.

    American gods I disliked a lot.

    Anna Karenina. I love the russian’s, even if they are depressing at times. It’s been 14 years since I read this though so my memories are a little vague on it.

    Anubis Gates is my favorite Tim Powers book. Just fun 🙂

    Verne has always been a dry read for me but besides “Invasion of the Sea”, never felt like it was wasted time.

    Art of War. Read it a couple of times by various translators. I recommend a copy with as little commentary in the text as possible. I found the commentators overpowered the text and tried to tell me what it meant instead of letting me figure it out myself.

    As you like it: Just read this in April. I am finding that his plays can be a tough sell when just read as a book. They really need to be seen. But reading it is as good as it is ever going to get for me, so I’m making do 🙂

    1. Thanks for the notes! I’ve heard a lot of people enjoy Anne as an adult, so I have high hopes for that one. I’m also really curious about Anubis Gates, so it will probably get moved toward the top of the list. And I completely agree that Shakespeare needs to be seen to be properly enjoyed, but I haven’t made/found the time lately to watch non-musicals on stage, so book form it is!

  6. I’ve decided that I really don’t want to read Anna Karenina, and I’m giving myself permission not to feel guilty about it. 😉

    Around the World in 80 Days is dated, of course, but it’s OK. I advise listening to Jim Dale read it (audiobook) rather than reading it.

    As You Like It — I love Shakespeare generally, and enjoy this play very much. But I agree with Bookstooge that the plays were meant to be seen and heard. I’m actually seeing it with my family tomorrow night!

    I loved the Anne of Green Gables books when I was young, and have reread them many times as an adult. (Actually, I only read a few of the later ones as an adult.) It’s hard to tell whether I would love them if I’d read them first as an adult rather than as a child/teen, but I think so. There’s something very appealing about Anne.

    1. You absolutely shouldn’t feel guilty about reading anything you’re not interested in! I may change my mind about Anna Karenina once I start it, and I won’t feel guilty about that, either. 😉

      Ooh, Jim Dale reads the Around the World in 80 Days audio book? I might have to look that one up.

      I also agree, Shakespeare is best when watched. However, I haven’t been making/finding the time to go watch them lately, so reading is better than nothing! 🙂

  7. Oh, I am not sure whether I read the Judy Blume book! I’ve read a couple as a teen but it’s all mixed up in my head 😀

    ‘Anne of Green Gables’ is my favourite of the bunch, I hope you enjoy it 🙂

    You can chase me with all of those Russian writers, they seem to ramble too much!

    1. I know I read other Judy Bloom books, but I’m pretty sure I never read Are You There God?. I’m looking forward to Anne of Green Gables!

    1. That’s great to know, thanks! I was afraid it wouldn’t age as well since I’m coming to Anne’s world new as an adult, but a lot of my readers have said it’s just as enjoyable as an adult.

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