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Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (7 of 15)

We’re over half-way done with this look into my choice of Bucket List Books, and I’ve been having fun exploring why these books interest me. So many of the books from these lists are considered classics, so it’s interesting for me to remember why I chose the books I did to include on my version of the Book Bucket List. I am certainly going to continue reading from this list even after the end of the calendar year (which is how long my personal Bucket List Book challenge lasts).

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     Post #6


1. THE HANDMAID’S TALE by MARGARET ATWOOD

  • Number of lists: 7
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: This was everywhere last year due to the TV show. I want to watch that (haven’t yet). I want to read the book too (haven’t yet). We’ll see which I get to first. I know it’s supposed to be an important read, and I’ve had friends recommend one or both, but I’m going to have to be in the right mood to either read or watch this one, I think.

2. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE by J.K. ROWLING

  • Number of lists: 6
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: This is another book that I added to this list because I wanted to be sure I had a fall-back book to read in case I got bored with classics or deeper books. I wanted to make sure I had something fun to read, should the need arise. I’ve already read this many times, and I’m pleased to report that so far I haven’t felt the need to retreat to a book I know I like.

3. THE HEART OF DARKNESS by JOSEPH CONRAD

  • Number of lists: 4
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: “The horror, the horror!” That’s literally all I remember about this book. I want to remember more of it, though, so it’s time for a re-read. And write a book review this time so that I can remember what I thought of it without having to read it again if I don’t want to.

4. THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL by YANN MARTEL

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: This book just sounded fascinating, and I’m trying to read books by more diverse authors… so while he is still a white man, he is Canadian but was born in Spain, which is (slightly) more diverse than my usual American or British authors. Besides, Portugal as a setting is also more diverse than my usual reads.

5. THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by DOUGLAS ADAMS

  • Number of lists: 5
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I know I read this, once, but I also know it was a long time ago. In addition, I never read more than the first book. I want to read more of them, but want to start over from the top to get the proper experience of it.

6. THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. TOLKIEN

  • Number of lists: 4
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: It’s just been WAAAY TOOOO LONG since I’ve read The Hobbit.

7. THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER by A.A. MILNE

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ (I think)
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’m not sure that I have ever read this in its entirety. I know that my dad read it to me and my sister at bedtime when we were young, but I also know that we never read the last story. (Too sad.) I also know that I’ve read some of it on my own, but I don’t know if I’ve read the whole thing. Also, please note that I’ve kept Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner on this list as two separate books. I’ll probably read them one right after the other, though, partly because many books have both in the same volume.

8. I, ROBOT by ISAAC ASIMOV

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I read this, and then I watched the Will Smith movie, and now I can’t remember which bits were from which even though I remember them being very different. I have a feeling that the book was better, so I plan to re-read it but not re-watch the movie, and leave it at that.

9. THE ILLIAD by HOMER

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I read this in school, but didn’t take the time to fully enjoy it. (Reading deadlines and all that jazz.) I want to properly enjoy it this time around.

10. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by OSCAR WILDE

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I remember this being really funny. With the current political situation, I need some funny.

Almost all of the books this time are re-reads! Huh, interesting. (For the record, I have 150 books on this list, and 51 of them are re-reads.) In a lot of cases, it’s because I know I’ve read a book but don’t remember what I liked (or disliked) about it. And these books seem important, so re-reading them isn’t a bad idea.

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

  1. Well, “I, Robot” is a collection of short stories and not a cohesive whole. The movie version took more from Asimov’s “caves of steel” than the actual book it was named after 🙂

    And hurray for the Hobbit! Such a wonderful book.

    I’ve read the HHGTG twice and the second time I realized I needed to be super tired to find the humor funny anymore. I don’t know if you drink or not, but I suspect a good buzz would help the appreciation factor for Hitchhiker’s Guide…

    1. I suppose “I, Robot” makes for a better movie title than “Caves of Steel” so in that regard I can’t really blame them…

      HHGTG I think is just one of those books that I’ll have to be in the right mood for. But yes, a nice buzz might help. I’ll keep that in mind. 🙂

  2. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite dystopias. That said I wouldn’t give it a reread right now. It feels too… possible. I’m avoiding the TV series for the same reason. I’m hoping that at some point soon it’ll return to being a terrible “what if?” scenario rather than a forecast, and I’ll be able to at least check out the TV series.

    I read The Heart of Darkness in college. I remember a bit more than just “The horror. The horror” but I think it was one of those books where I appreciated some of the ideas more than the writing or content.

    1. Though I knew of other books by Margaret Atwood, I hadn’t heard of The Handmaid’s Tale until recently, with the TV series starting. I’m not sure that I really want to read it right now either, but I’m glad to hear it’s worth reading at some point.

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