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Friday Reads: A Peek at my Book Bucket List (14 of 15)

This is the penultimate look at my Book Bucket List! I have to admit, I never thought when I started this project for myself in the fall of 2017 that I would have gotten this into it by now. I frankly thought that I’d be a bit sick of it by the end of 2018, yet here we are still going strong. I think it helps that I made my list of 150 books so varied. They’re not all intimidating books, and they’re all different genres, and that keeps it interesting.

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     Post #13


1. THE THORN BIRDS by COLLEEN MCCULLOUGH

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: The synopsis sounds good. But also, I am trying to actively seek out more diversity in my books, and since this was written by an Australian author and takes place in New Zealand and Australia, it qualifies as more diverse than my usual. It’s sadly rare that I read books which weren’t written by US/UK authors and aren’t set in the US/UK. (I’m getting better, but my reading diversity still needs work.)

2. THE THREE MUSKETEERS by ALEXANDER DUMAS

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Okay… I think I said earlier (of The Count of Monte Cristo) that I want to read a Dumas novel that I have no prior connection to, and I have watched a couple of the Three Musketeers novels so I didn’t want to start with this book. Well, that’s still true. I don’t want to start with this one. I do want to read it, however.

3. THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by AUDREY NIFFENEGGER

  • Number of lists: 4
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Several of my friends have read and highly recommended this one, so I want to give it a go.

4. TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY by JOHN LE CARRE

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Something about this one sounds intriguing. I can’t quite place what it is that makes me want to read it, but there you go.

5. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by HARPER LEE

  • Number of lists: 10
  • Priority read? YES
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: 2/6/2018 — 2/13/2018
  • Thoughts: This one was okay. My full review is here. TL;DR: this is an important book but I was very indifferent to it. I didn’t connect to any of the characters at all. I’m glad I read it, but it’s not a new favorite.

6. THE TRIAL by FRANZ KAFKA

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I don’t think I read this Kafka for school. (I think I only read The Metamorphosis.)

7. TWELFTH NIGHT by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

  • Number of lists: 3
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: 9/27/2018 — 10/5/2018
  • Thoughts: My full review is here. TL;DR: I’ve seen the movie version of this, which was a lot of fun, but had never read the play before. It was fun, and I really enjoyed it, though part of that was due to thinking of the actors as I read it.

8. THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

  • Number of lists: 1
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: 4/23/2018 — 4/30/2018
  • Thoughts: I enjoyed this one. It’s not the deepest of plays, and the characters are all questionable in their motives and character, but it was still fun.

9. ULYSSES by JAMES JOYCE

  • Number of lists: 5
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: I have been second-guessing the addition of this book to my Bucket List, but it’s on so many “must read” lists that I kinda at least want to start it so I can say I DNF’d it. Who knows, I might even enjoy reading it! (Though based on Joyce’s Dubliners, which I tried earlier this year, that would be a surprise.)

10. THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING by MILAN KUNDERA

  • Number of lists: 2
  • Priority read? NO
  • New or re-read: NEW
  • Reading dates: N/A
  • Thoughts: Yet another book that sounded interesting when I read the synopsis but I now can’t remember the synopsis. (I know, I could look it up again, but I’m being lazy.) Still, it was interesting at the time, so I’m leaving it on my list until I re-read the synopsis and decide to read it, or change my mind about being interested.

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 (14 of 15)

  1. I read The Thorn Birds years ago. I remember enjoying it, and I remember vague plot elements but nothing too particular. I do know a lot of Aussie authors though (a good friend of mine is Australian and I’ve discovered a lot of authors through her!) if you want any recs.

      1. That’s great. As far as Aussies go, my favorites are Kate Morton and Kate Forsyth (but by all means also check out authors who aren’t named Kate!) and Isobelle Carmody is also good if you lie fantasy/sci-fi.

  2. The 3 Musketeers, I seem to remember enjoying but I don’t know that I’ll ever re-read it. Besides Monte Cristo, I seem to feel that way about all the Dumas’s I’ve read.

    And Time Travellers Wife. I enjoyed that but some of the sexual situations are just wrong and I would never read another book by Niffenegger because of that. So your mileage will vary.

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