My list is a bit of a hodge-podge and by no means full of classics or literary greats, though there are some included. My participation in the challenge is a vain attempt to get through some of those books I feel I’ve had for far too long.
#1 Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake:
Just after I’d added it to my longlist Jackie @ Farm Lane Books suggested a readalong. It was a sign!
#2 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen:
I’ve only ever read Pride and Prejudice and loved it so I don’t know why I haven’t picked up any other Austens.
#3 Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin:
Diana Norman (Ariana was a pen name) died earlier this year. It’s sad to think I never read this during her lifetime.
#4 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
No, I wasn’t made to read this at school and I generally avoid anything cited as the great American novel but I think it’s time I gave it a go.
#5 In Cold Blood by Truman Capote:
I really enjoyed the film, Capote, which is based on his time researching and writing this book.
#6 Do Androids Dream In Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick:
The book behind Bladerunner, I really wanted to read this so no idea why I haven’t yet!
#7 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte:
Do I hear gasps of shock? Nope, never read it and I have an ancient copy that hasn’t endeared me to picking it up. I think I’ll have to download it onto my Kindle.
#8 Out by Natsuo Kirino:
I think this is the unread book I’ve had the longest. About time I read it.
#9 The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger:
Sometimes I feel I’m the only person on the planet that hasn’t read it.
#10 Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally:
Schindler’s List is an amazing film but I’ll have to brace myself for the book. I don’t think I’ve ever really been in the mood for it because I am expecting it to be depressing.
#11 The Strain by Guillermo del Toro:
I bought this in hardback years ago. I don’t why it’s got forgotten as I have loved his films and was excited about his writing.
#12 Life of Pi by Yann Martel:
People keep referring to it, I have a copy, I will read.
#13 The Green Mile by Stephen King:
I need to read more King in general, this is a good place to start I think.
#14 Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson:
I’ve never read any of his travel books, can you believe that?
#15 The Conjuror’s Bird by Martin Davies:
One of my early swaps from ReadItSwapIt.
#16 The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid:
I feel the need to read this whilst it’s still topical.
#17 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson:
The hype has put me off a bit, but people keep recommending it to me and I do have this and the second book stashed away somewhere.
#18 Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks:
Another one I really want to read that has got forgotten about.
#19 Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood:
One of those authors I’ve hoarded and then stopped reading.
#20 I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti:
I’ve had it so long I’ve forgotten what it’s about.
#21 Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote:
I didn’t really want to duplicate authors but it’s one of my favourite films plus it’s a nice short novella for when things get tough.
Disclaimer: I reserve the right to change my mind about the contents of The List at any time!
This challenge is behing hosted by Gabe @ Gabriel Reads and starts on the 1st June 2011.
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