I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
Today’s If You Like is a guest post by Christine (thank you, Christine!) on “Bucket List Books”. Without further ado, the bibliophile’s bucket list, a la Christine:
You know those books that you hear about and you know you absolutely HAVE to read them, but for some reason, you just never get around to it? This is my bucket list of books.
I’m so embarrassed. It’s been 7 months and I STILL haven’t read Ashford Affair. I have no excuse, really. Life happened. But in this coming year, I will read it.
– The River of No Return – Bee Ridgeway
Time travel? Secret societies? Why haven’t I read this one either?!
– A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
I double majored in history and American Studies in college. One of my classmates recommended this book to me in 1999. There’s currently a copy residing on a bookshelf in my house.
– anything by Jane Austen that’s not Pride and Prejudice
Junior year of high school, we spent almost an entire semester reading Gone with the Wind. It was great, but that meant we didn’t read a lot of the standard high school books. I’ve always meant to go back and read them. I even downloaded them all when I got a Kindle. Nope, not one yet.
I once found the Complete Works on sale for $7.99 at Barnes and Noble and grabbed it… in 2001. The number of Shakespeare plays I’ve read hasn’t changed since 1999. My AP English teacher loved Kenneth Branagh, so if Sir Ken made a movie version, we probably read the play so she could then show us the movie “for comparison.” I’ve never read Romeo and Juliet, so I’ve always meant to start with that one.
I absolutely love the PBS Sherlock, so I got it into my head that I would read all the Sherlock Holmes stories. This is another set that I downloaded for the Kindle, then never touched. I fear that, without the sarcasm of Benedict Cumberbatch injected into the plot, it will just not be the same.
Looks like I have a lot of reading to catch up on over the holidays! What’s on your reading bucket list?
Thank you so much for this, Christine! I love this idea. I stumbled upon the Complete Sherlock Holmes fairly young, and, as a Renaissance Studies major (yes, yes, that really was a major!), I can quote you more blank verse than you want to hear. My big blank spot is the Russian novelists and dramatists (with the exception of Tolstoy, who did make it on to my bookshelf). Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Chekhov…. I have a basic idea of what their major works were about– enough for cocktail parties– but aside from the one rather irritating Turgenev novel we did in ninth grade English class, I’ve never actually read them and probably should.
Next up there would be mid-twentieth century British authors like Kingsley Amis. Somehow, I’m guessing seeing the PBS adaptation of Lucky Jim just doesn’t count.
I also have some British crime fiction gaps that need to be filled. As a huge fan of the Peter Wimsey books, I’ve always meant to read Margery Allingham’s Campion series, but it just never seems to happen. Ditto Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford books and P.D. James’s Dalgliesh mysteries. (I read The Murder Room some time ago, but really need to go back and read the whole series from the beginning.)
On top of those, I would add the Books That I Read Because I Had To and now wish I’d paid more attention– but that’s the subject of another list.
What are your book gaps?