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Top Ten Tuesday

Thanks again to The Broke and the Bookish blog for all of these Top Ten Tuesday topics!

Top Ten TuesdayFebruary 3: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre (for example I feel like I’m pretty well read in contemporary YA but there are some STAPLES I can’t believe I haven’t read. Or if you just want to books you WANT to read in a particular genre..not necessarily long overdue)

This is a hard one because there are so many I have been meaning to read and just haven’t gotten around to yet, but here we go.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – Gah! The only remaining Austen book that I haven’t read! I have the entire collection in one solid B&N collectible book but this is still the one that lingers on, waiting to be enjoyed.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman – Seen the movie, love the movie, have had this book recommended several times to me and so I really need to read it now.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Seen the show, love the show, and I’ve been told that it’s not too far off from the books…except that it is more modern, so I own them, now I just have to read them.

1984 by George Orwell – Yup, this one is still waiting on my bookshelf. It beckoned me over winter break but alas, I was distracted easily by Friends and Dr. Who.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – Also still waiting. I wanted to read it before I saw the last movie but unfortunately, that did not happen. Now, it is silently abandoned…and probably judging me.

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – Recommended by a friend, apparently it is a devilishly good time, involving Russians, vodka, a black cat, and Pontius Pilate, must read soon!

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – One of the few books I wasn’t required to read in high school and has been sitting on this list every since I went to Ireland and learned more about Wilde himself. If I come across a copy, I will buy it and eventually read it.

The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer – Classics that beckon, myth and man combined, this has been at the top of my list for awhile and I own both but somehow haven’t gotten around to them.

The Gospel of Wealth by Andrew Carnegie – I actually just learned of this book and cannot wait to pick it up. Astounded that I’ve never heard of it before. All about rich and poor and philanthropy, yes please.

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler – I find Hitler to be a fascinating man of history so to read the story of his life from his perspective sounds amazing. Known about it for awhile and it just resurfaces so it’s slowly moving closer to the top of the queue.

Top Ten Tuesday

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from¬†The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read X (examples: New Adult novels, historical fiction, a certain author, books about a certain topic, etc).

I decided to go with classics since so many people don’t even bother to read them anymore and I saw a really great post yesterday on Kate’s Bookshelf about reading classics in the fall so here is what I think you should start with when the leaves start to turn.

1) Moby Dick by Herman Melville – Why? Because there are so many hidden themes and underlying political tones, inspiration from many other sources, really a fantastic book about more than just a guy chasing a whale.

2) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Why? Because Austen is an amazing writer and if you get a copy with footnotes, you will understand what most of the book means and that will leave you free to read it again after and really enjoy the love story.

3) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman – Why? Because he writes poems about sex, love, being true to yourself, pride in the United States, and just life in general.

4) Walden by Henry David Thoreau – Why? Because connecting with nature is something that not many people do anymore and there are some important lessons that Thoreau can teach you about appreciation of life if you let him.

5) Oedipus Rex by Sophocles –¬†Why? Because I’m sick of people not knowing what an “Oedipal Complex” is and this is a relatively short, and disturbing play about fate and finding out who you are. Also, Oedipus is adopted so I’m sure that’s relatable to more people than you realize.

6) The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – Why? Because this is one of the most heart-breaking but realistic love stories I have ever read. Two people who want to be together but never can be, loyalty, family lines, and societal pressures all combine to create a trainwreck of happiness and tears.

7) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Why? Because I’m stick of people thinking that the monster’s name is Frankenstein (thanks for ruining that Hollywood). And because it’s actually a really great story of a brilliant man and his monster that is actually much better than anything Hollywood could come up with.

8) Dracula by Bram Stoker – Why? Because people need a real snap back to the inspiration of Edward Cullen and the other vampires before they became so common place in society and how they were created. (Don’t worry, it’s still a love story.)

9) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Why? Because everyone has read “The Tell-Tale Heart” (which is amazing in its own right) but few people have read this version of an unreliable narrator and how murder can really impact a man’s psyche.

10) The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Grimm Brothers – Why? Because Disney has given us unrealistic expectations for long enough. If you want to read something a little more disturbing and real but don’t want to read Stephen King, then the Grimm Brothers are for you.

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What I’m Reading

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I noticed that I haven’t posted my current reading list in almost a few weeks so I decided today was as good a time as any. I am attempting to read “The Book Thief” for the second time and hoping that it can capture my interest more easily this time around. I have also yet to finish Holidays On Ice because it creates stitches of laughter at work that it often becomes inappropriate. A couple of new great finds from the library grace this list as well.

What are you reading?