Saturday, December 6, 2008

Books I'd Like to Read...Someday

I'm sure this list will get long and unwieldy, but I have to keep track of these interesting titles somewhere...

The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-six by Jonathan Keats, based on this review.

The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt, based on this review.

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris, based on this review.

Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly, based on this review.

Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner - good review here.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer - many reviews like this one.

The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel by Kathleen Kent.

The House at Riverton, based on this review.

In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden - I've had this on my mental to-be-read list for quite some time, and this review (although not recent) makes me want to read it even more.

An Irish Country Doctor and An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor - based on this review.

Katherine Parr by Brandon G Withrow

King's Fool: A Notorious King, His Six Wives, and the One Man Who Knew Their Secrets by Margaret Campbell Barnes - based on this review.

The King's Last Song by Geoff Ryman, based on this review.

The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean, based on this review.

My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq by Ariel Sabar, based on this review.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, since this quiz said it's me.

The Novice's Tale by Margaret Frazer, based on this review.

Permberley Shades: Pride and Prejudice Continues by D. A. Bonavia-Hunt, based on this review. (And I must re-read Pride and Prejudice before this one, too.)

The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer, based on this review.

Sarah's Key by Titiana de Rosnay, based on this review.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, based on this review.

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner, based on this review.

The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett, based on this preview.

The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan, a biographical novel of the Bronte family.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenege, based on this review.

A True and Faithful Narrative I'm pretty picky about young adult novels, but this one looks worth it for its literary and historical interest. I can't help but love stories about bookseller's daughters (like The Thirteenth Tale), and this review makes it hard to resist. I suppose since it's a sequel, I should read At the Sign of the Star first.

Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliott, based on this review.

When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman - looks like good historical fiction based on this review.

CLASSICS - I intend to read more classics. A college professor told me that since there's no possibility of reading all the books in the world, we really ought to read the great books first. Good advice, and I'm going to try to follow it more deliberately.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. My experiences with Dickens are much like those expressed in this review, but it gives me hope that I might enjoy this one.

Lilith by George MacDonald (one of my all-time favorite authors).

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. I got 3/4 of the way through this a few years ago, and I really need to re-read/finish it.

Middlemarch by George Eliot.

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

Paradise Lost by John Milton.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

The Warden by Anthony Trollope, based on this review.

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

The University of Cambridge ASNC (Anglo-Saxon, Norse, & Celtic) Introductory Reading Lists

LISTS FROM OTHER BLOGGERS (when I don't have time to add all the individual titles above):
Magistramater's Brobdingnagian Book List - I love the English/Scottish categories here - a gold mine of good reading ideas.
Magistramater's quotes of 2008


Sandra said...

The Guernsey book is very good, I reviewed it too. Someone recommended the House of Brede to me a long time ago and I never got around to it. An Irish Country Doctor sounds good, I love stories about doctors or medicine. I look forward to your comments on these books.

hopeinbrazil said...

This is a great list. I have at least a dozen of these same titles on my list of books to read this year. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I've just started (and put down) two really popular works of modern fiction because they didn't satisfy my heart. Maybe it's time to crack "Count of Monte Cristo" open!

Beth F said...

The Irish Country Doctor books are fun; I've read the first two. You have a lot of other great books on your list -- so much to look forward to.

Laura said...

Patrick Taylor's books are some I want to read this year, too. I got The Reluctant Widow for Christmas and I'd like to read it soon. I've had The Time Traveler's Wife for some time, but woulod like to read it this year also.

Great list!