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Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (11 of 15)

We’re heading into the last two months of this year! I wonder what my final Bucket List Book reading count total will be by the time we hit 2019? (I do plan to continue reading from this list after 2018 is over, just not as exclusively.)

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     Post #9     Post #10

 


1. THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by ERNEST HEMINGWAY

  • Number of lists: 4
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I remember liking Hemingway. I remember this being a short and enjoyable Hemingway story, and easy to read. Should be simple enough to use it as a “do I still like Hemingway?” test. (Though I do want to read some of his other works, too.)

2. ON THE ROAD by JACK KEROUAC

  • Number of lists: 6
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’ve never read this, but many people say it was the best example of Beat Literature, so I want to read it to get an example of the writing style.

3. THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING by T.H. WHITE

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: In theory, I want to read all the Arthurian stories I can get my hands on. (I love the basic story.) In practice, I’ve heard various problematic things about some of them, so I don’t know which (if any) of the Arthurian stories I will actually end up reading.

4. OTHELLO by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I don’t remember much about Othello, so this should be an enjoyable re-visit when I get to this point in my Complete Works volume.

5. THE PEARL by JOHN STEINBECK

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: 9/10/2018 — 9/19/2018
  • Thoughts: My full review is here. TL;DR: I think this is the one and only Steinbeck I have ever read and enjoyed — but that was the first time I read it. I did not enjoy it again on a second reading. It’s too bleak for my tastes, and without sufficient character development.

6. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by GASTON LEROUX

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I loved the operetta when I watched it some years back, so I want to try the book as well.

7. THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by NORTON JUSTER

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: 7/18/2018 — 9/3/2018
  • Thoughts: My full review is here. TL;DR: This is a favorite of mine. It would be one of my desert island books, I think, because it just makes me happy. I re-read it every so often, but the last time (before this) I read it, I listened to the audio version. That was very enjoyable, but I missed the illustrations, so I was glad to return to the paperback version for this latest read.

8. THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by BARBARA KINGSOLVER

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’m really not sure what I’ll think of this one, but it does sound interesting and is set in an area of the world that I don’t know much about.

9. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by JANE AUSTEN

  • Number of lists: 9
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’ve enjoyed the Austen I’ve read so far (Sense & Sensibility and Emma) so I have high hopes for this one, too. I’ll probably listen to the audio book version, since I enjoyed the other Austen books in that format.

10. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER by MARK TWAIN

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW (I THINK)
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I can’t recall if I’ve read this before. Part of me thinks there’s no way I could have skipped it; another part of me thinks that because I can’t remember plot details I must have missed it. I’ll just have to read it now and know for sure.

Two more books read and reviewed! Progress! 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 (11 of 15)

  1. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy. I also really liked The Poisonwood Bible, though I read it a long time ago. I think it would make a really excellent miniseries, so that needs to happen.

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