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Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (9 of 15)

I hope you’re not getting sick of these reviews yet, since there are still 6 more (counting this one) left to go. I’m still enjoying writing them, and hearing what you think about the books on the list.

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     Post #7     Post #8


1. LOLITA by VLADIMIR NABOKOV

  • Number of lists: 8
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I know this book is problematic for a lot of people. I’m not sure that I’ll like this book or even enjoy reading it, but I want to try it for myself just to see.

2. THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. TOLKIEN

  • Number of lists: 9
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I love these books, but haven’t read them since the final LOTR movie came out. (The movies were just really good, even though they did mess up Faramir’s character in Two Towers.) It’s been a while since I’ve read or watched LOTR now, so I want to come back to the books with a fresh mind again.

3. LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ


4. MACBETH by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

  • Number of lists: 4
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: One of my favorites in my school years, and it’s been too long since I read this one. I have seen this one performed, too, and loved that also.

5. THE MARTIAN by ANDY WEIR

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I haven’t seen the movie, partly because I initially wanted to read the book first. They hype surrounding both turned me off for a while, though, and I think I’m now just about ready to try them. (It no longer matters to me which order they go in, book or movie.)

6. MAUS by ART SPIEGELMAN

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: One of the earliest graphic novels I ever read, and still probably the most powerful. Though Maus II isn’t on this list (and is new-to-me), I recently bought it and will probably be reading both together.

7. ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by DAVID SEDARIS

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I know nothing about this book, but I’ve heard good things from people who have read it. (Strangely, all I remember is the positive trend, not why people liked it or who I heard this from.)

8. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by ARTHUR GOLDEN

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: My ex-mother-in-law read and loved this book. I remember her as a white woman who embraced Japanese culture to a level almost uncomfortable to those around her, and though I thought it odd cultural appropriation, I never asked her why. (Maybe because she was a Navy wife? I don’t even know if they were ever stationed in Japan.) Anyway — tangent aside, she loved this book and it’s been on my radar ever since. I’m not sure now that I will like it, because it seems problematic for many reasons, but I do want to try it for myself and see.
  • NEW THOUGHTS: I am removing this from my TBR and replacing it with Geisha, A Life. From what I can tell, Memoirs is a novelized version of the life of Mineko Iwasaki (the author of Geisha), and yet is viewed by Westerners as fact. As a work of fiction I’m not interested in Memoirs, but as an autobiography I might enjoy Geisha.

9. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: More Shakespeare! Must read all the plays!

10. THE METAMORPHOSIS by FRANZ KAFKA

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I remember reading this one for school and thinking it was odd. That’s all I remember, though, so I want to read it again.

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?

Also, what is your preference when it comes to biographies versus fictionalized memoirs? Do you read either, or both? I read both, but personally I greatly prefer my memoirs to be written by the book’s subject rather than an outside source.

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6 thoughts on “Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (9 of 15)

  1. I personally loved Lolita and thought it was beautifully written, but I totally understand where a lot of the issues come from. My copy had a forward by Nabokov which explained a lot of his reasons behind the book, and I think that really helped, so I definitely recommend trying to get a copy with that

    1. Oh, thanks for the tip. Sometimes forewords by the author help, but sometimes they don’t add much. Also, I know going in that it’s problematic for many people, so I’m hoping that helps too. I won’t be blindsided by the issues at hand, at least.

  2. I read Lolita for pretty much the same reason as you and I did not enjoy it at all. I am not in the camp of those who think nobody should read it but I have a hard time with people who actually enjoy the book. The subject matter is just too horrific…

  3. Oh gosh I hate Lolita, but even I’ll say it’s well written so I guess it is worth trying and seeing for yourself (even if there’s a chance you’ll end up DNFing it tbh) Kafka is always a little odd, but it’s a good kind of odd 😉

    1. I remember enjoying Kafka’s odd, so hopefully I’ll still enjoy it now!

      Yeah, I don’t promise to *finish* Lolita, but I do want to at least try it.

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