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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Resolve to Read

Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2011

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that I love.  It's sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish.  You can participate by visiting The Broke and the Bookish and linking your post.  This week's list is the Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2011.  I love the combination of a good book list and resolutions:  how virtuous.  Here are the top ten books I resolve to read, all of which are in my personal library, just waiting.
1.  The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov.  A cult favorite with many readers, I've resolved this will be my very next book.
2. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov.  I can't think why I've never read this, but it's high time.
3. The Library at Night Alberto Manguel.  I can't wait to read this--I've read and heard so much about it.
4. Faces in the Water Janet Frame.  The intriguing New Zealand writer barely escaped a frontal lobotomy while she was in a mental institution; when it was discovered that she was a published novelist, the operation was called off.
5. The Duke's Children Anthony Trollope.  The last of the Palliser series.
6. The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope.  Would you believe I've read my way through two series so that I can finally read this one?
7. He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope. Notice a trend?
8. Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens.  After reading all the rave reviews from bloggers, I'm ready to read this one this year.
9. Joseph and His Brothers Thomas Mann.  If reading it doesn't work out, I can use this one to build my biceps.
10.  The Border Trilogy Cormac McCarthy.  This one is long overdue.  I can't believe I've put it off this long.

Well, Readers, even if you don't like New Year's Resolutions, you must have something that you know you want to read in 2011--even if it is just one book.  So what is it?

17 comments:

Bev Hankins said...

That's a pretty hefty reading list you've set for yourself! Good luck with them all.

Here's my book resolutions: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/01/top-ten-tuesday-book-resolutions-2011.html

Jamie said...

I read Lolita last summer I think. Pretty disturbing but well worth the read!

Melody said...

I read The Master and Margarita with my eyebrows raised nearly the entire time--so many good things in there! Have fun whittling away at that list. :)

Anne Bennett said...

Lo-li-ta! The most beautifully written, despicable book ever penned.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

great list. Heard a lot about the master and margarita. Thomas Mann is an author I have been dying to read. enjoy the read

Frl. Irene Palfy said...

I hope you enjoy Thomas Mann - four novels in one book might give you impressiv muscles.. ;")

Frances said...

I have also never read The Master and Margarita, but it is so revered among book bloggers that I almost feel like I need to hide that fact. :) Happy reading!

Ashley said...

I believe you forgot "The Great Good Thing," that tiny book of mine you still have in your posession.

I'm planning on reading a lot more dystopian fiction.

petekarnas said...

Great list, I'm going to be trying to read Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy as well. Good luck!

Priya Parmar said...

such a good list! the duke's children is wonderful; sprawling and messy and gorgeously plotted. good luck!

bibliophiliac said...

@Bev--thanks for stopping by...
@Jamie--I still can't believe I haven't read Lolita yet!
@Melody--I've been hearing so much about Master & Margarita--I hope it lives up to the buzz!
@Anne--now I'm even more intrigued!
@Nana--I read Mann's Magic Mountain years ago and really loved it.

bibliophiliac said...

@Frl. Irene--I can't imagine how I'm going to lug Joseph and His Brothers around--I own the hard cover!
@Frances--it is definitely time to see if Master and Margarita lives up to its rep...

bibliophiliac said...

@Ashley--I did forget--but then I remembered, because I just uncovered it from the pile where it was hiding!

bibliophiliac said...

@Ashley--I did forget--but then I remembered, because I just uncovered it from the pile where it was hiding!

bibliophiliac said...

@pete karnas--I can't wait to hear what you think of Border Trilogy. Another one I've been meaning to read for a long time.
@Priya--I can't wait to indulge in The Duke's Children, and then finally He Knew He Was Right and The Way We Live Now...

Bybee said...

I didn't get along with The Master and Margharita and I feel really bad about it.

Lolita: I haven't read it, but I tell myself every year that I will. Actually, I'm thinking of audiobooking this one since Jeremy Irons is the narrator.

Anthony Trollope: I want to read him, but don't know where to start. Everything seems to be part of a series.

Ashley said...

Hahaha. It got temporarily lost! Well, let me know when you get around to reading it. :)