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Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (13 of 15)

Can you believe it’s almost December? I don’t think I can. I hope those of you in the US had a great Thanksgiving yesterday!

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     Post #11     Post #12


1. SIDDHARTHA by HERMANN HESSE

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: 2/22/2018 — 3/2/2018
  • Thoughts: I really liked this one when I read it in high school. I didn’t like it nearly as much when I re-read it this year. It has been a “keeper shelf” book for decades… but now I think it’s time to change that.

2. SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by KURT VONNEGUT

  • Number of lists: 5
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’ve heard about this one, but I can’t remember if the people I heard talking about it liked it or not. I guess I need to read it for myself and see.

3. SLEEPY HOLLOW by WASHINGTON IRVING

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: 10/8/2018 — 10/9/2018
  • Thoughts: This is a perfect read for fall. I love the imagery. It’s also very short — probably novelette length by today’s standards. (Random side-note: I have no idea why this is missing half of its title. The list I pulled it from must have been abbreviating and left off the “Legend of” part.)

4. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by WILLIAM FAULKNER

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I remember liking this book when I read it for school. I hope to re-read all the Faulkner I read at that time and see which of it I still enjoy.

5. THE STRANGER by ALBERT CAMUS

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I can’t remember if I’ve heard of the book before, or the play based off of it. Still, I do want to read it.

6. THE SUN ALSO RISES by ERNEST HEMINGWAY

  • Number of lists: 6
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’m odd. I liked reading Hemingway in school. I haven’t read much (if any) since then, though, so I want to revisit some of the books I enjoyed before.

7. THE TEMPEST by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: 3/4/2018 — 3/11/2018
  • Thoughts: There are so many quotes from this play that I forget are from this play! I really like it, but it’s not done as often as some of the other Shakespeare plays (or at least, I don’t see it advertised as often). I do want to find a version of it to watch soon, though.

8. TESS OF THE D’UBERVILLES by THOMAS HARDY

  • Number of lists: 5
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I’m not sure I’ll ever successfully say this title correctly, but I have been curious about it ever since I saw it sitting on my parents’ (or was it grandparents’?) bookshelf.

9. THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by ZORA NEALE HURSTON

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I want to read this for two very intertwined reasons: because it is a classic, and will help me on my quest to read more diverse books (aka not written by white middle-class men). I don’t actually know anything about the book itself, though.

10. THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by TIM O’BRIEN

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: RE-READ
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I read this book originally in college, and I remember thinking it was an important book but that a lot of it went over my head. (I was young. I remember thinking that I didn’t have the experiences yet that would let me connect with these characters.) I want to read it again to see if I connect with it better now that I’m older, or if the difficulty was something other than age-based.

If you made it this far through the post-turkey-day food coma, do you have any input on these books?

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5 thoughts on “Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (13 of 15)

    1. I remember reading a kids’ version of The Winter’s Tale many moons ago, but I don’t remember the story. Just that I read the abridged (and non-play) version.

      1. I read it in my second Shakespeare class in college. I think my professor must have loved it too, because we spent several classes on it instead of just one. I’ve only seen it performed once, by the wonderful American Shakespeare Company in Staunton, Virginia.

  1. It’s been forever since I read any Vonnegut – I think I need to remedy that. I read Their Eyes Were Watching God in the summer of 1993 when I was living and working in Itasca State Park, but I don’t remember anything about it. I did a diversity reading immersion that summer basically.

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