Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: My to-read Resolutions

We all have those books that we feel incredibly guilty not getting to, whether they be lingering on our shelves since dirt was new, or remain unread as a result of a deficient education (or plain old procrastination, in my case). This year I really resolve to read more books from my physical bookshelf, and try to curttail the amount of books I buy in 2011. It's a goal anyway. That being said, these are the books I hope to get to in 2011:

1. The Princess and the Dragon by Roberto Pazzi. I picked this up at a garage sale for 50 cents about 2 1/2 years ago. While I originally thought it was a fantasy book, it turns out that it deals with Russia around the time of the revolution. Time to dust the sucker off.

2. Hood by Stephen Lawhead.
Another rummage sale book from over 2 years ago. I have been told that I will like Lawhead, but have been reluctant to being pulled into another series. Maybe this will be the year.

3. The Secret Bride by Diane Haeger. I took a break from Tudors in 2010, because I felt like I had heard the stories so many times I could recite them in my sleep. But this book is still on my shelf, demanding I read it.

4. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory. See previous statement about Tudors. I've also resolved to read everything by Gregory, and this book is the next on my list.

5. The Epicure's Lament by Kate Christensen. The book sounded interesting when I snatched it up at a yard sale. Let's see, shall we?

6. Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund. I really enjoyed Sherlock in Love, also by this author, and am in need of a book that redeems Marie Antoinette just a little. Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, which I read a couple years ago, really does a great job of painting Marie as vapid and clueless. Was that all there was to her?

7. Helen of Troy by Margaret George. I read Memoirs of Cleopatra last year and enjoyed delving into Egyptian history. I look forward to doing the same with ancient Troy.

8. P.S. by Studs Terkel. I really want to read more of his books-so far, I've only gotten halfway through Hard Times. This is a short volume written at the end of his life. Let's start at the end and work our way backwards.

9. The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett. I have longed to read more Patchett since loving Bel Canto. I hope this one doesn't disappoint.

10. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami.
The next step on my quest to devour the complete works of this ingenious author. Should be fun.

There they are. How does my list compare to yours?


Danielle said...

I loved Margaret George's Autobiography of Henry VIII, but it took me too dang long to read! So I am not sure if I will read any of her others. I love the Tudors too but also have taken a break.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I love Studs Terkel's Working (on my list of all-time favorites and has been for twenty or so years) and I adore Murakami. Good luck!

Peaceful Reader said...

This is a pretty impressive list of books. I met Studs Terkel at a reading in Chicago-I've always wanted to read his books also, but haven't.