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Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (6 of 15)

The list this time has a lot of books which have inspired movie/TV adaptations. I didn’t usually go into the movie (or TV) versions of the books in my thoughts on them below, but now that I notice how many of these have been adapted I’m starting to wonder if I should do a spin off of this (maybe next year) where I try to watch a bunch of the adaptations of the books on my Book Bucket List. Hmm. Something to think about.

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     Post #2     Post #3     Post #4     Post #5


1. FAHRENHEIT 451 by RAY BRADBURY

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’ve only read this once, and I remember really enjoying it. With the new HBO version out, I want to re-read the book again as well as watch the show. I’m not sure which I should do first, though.

2. FRANKENSTEIN by MARY SHELLY

  • Number of lists: 7
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Both this and Dracula were school reading, and I remember enjoying them both. However, Dracula gets more love than poor Frankenstein’s Monster so while I’ve re-read that one, I haven’t touched this one since. It’s overdue.

3. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by PAULA HAWKINS

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I don’t remember anything about why this book is on my list. I may eventually re-read the synopsis and decide to take it off my list, who knows?

4. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by STEIG LARSSON

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’ve heard good things about this book, but frankly the thing that first drew my attention was the dragon in the title.

5. THE GIVER by LOIS LOWRY

  • Number of lists: 5
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I feel like I should have read this one ages ago, but never did. I might have passed the sweet spot for this book (I’ve heard others talk about liking it as a child but not as an adult) but I still want to give it a try.

6. THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK by DORIS LESSING

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: All I know about this book is the author’s name. I do want to read something of Lessing’s, so that I know if I like her work enough to try more, and I guess this book is as good as any other.

7. GONE GIRL by GILLIAN FLYNN

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’m curious to read this even though I haven’t seen the movie (and have no desire to). However, I have seen spoilers for the movie, so I’m not sure if that will remove all the suspense from the book or not.

8. GOOD OMENS by TERRY PRACHETT & NEIL GAIMAN

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Pratchett plus Gaiman. I’m not really sure why I haven’t read this yet.
  • SIDE NOTE: This will not count toward my Discworld Read-A-Long next year.

9. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

  • Number of lists: 9
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Haven’t read this since high school, and I didn’t see the recent movie. (I’m not a DiCaprio fan.) I don’t remember much about it, and would like to have a better grasp on what the book is about. Since I have read it, though, I don’t feel any urgency to re-read it. Just “someday”.

10. HAMLET by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: One of my favorite Shakespeare plays to read and quote. I haven’t read it in a long time, though. I used to have the “to be or not to be” monologue memorized. Maybe I’ll do that again when I re-read the play?

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? Have you seen any of the movie or TV adaptations of these books that you’d recommend I watch? I’ve seen a variety of “Hamlet” adaptations, but I think that’s it.

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7 thoughts on “Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (6 of 15)

  1. I didn’t really care for Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, but I know so many people loved them. I’m with you on The Giver–I have no idea how I haven’t read it yet!

  2. re: The Great Gatsby.

    He’s not actually great. In fact, without spoilers, almost everyone in the book is a complete *fill in your choice of a pejorative term*. I read it a couple of years ago and it turned my stomach. Best of luck 😉

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