Here’s my ongoing list of books that I want to read, with a bit of a note about why, if it’s applicable:
Books I haven’t read yet, that I have fairly immediately accessible.
- Women in Love (D.H. Lawrence) – I enjoyed Lady Chatterley’s Lover. I enjoyed less Sons and Lovers. I’m hoping Women in Love is more like the former than the latter.
- Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks) – I have heard nothing but good things about this. Plus it’s set in WWI, which is one of my fascinations. [Plus Richard Armitage’s character in The Vicar of Dibley mentions it. Should I not admit that that is one of my motivations to read it? I did want to read it even before that episode….]
- The Music Instinct (Philip Ball) – a birthday present from the awesome Jon.
- Perfume (Patrick Suskind) – recommended by several people, and it keeps appearing on lists.
- Imagining Robin Hood (AJ Pollard) – I can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet.
- The Forsyte Saga (John Galsworthy) – okay, so it’s like seven books. I have it in one volume.
- Under the Greenwood Tree (Thomas Hardy)
- The Death of King Arthur (Peter Ackroyd) – a birthday present from Philip. A new, modern-English translation of the middle English alliterative poem. NOT the French-based ones, as far as I can tell. Thank goodness.
- 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami) – a birthday present from my wonderful Jon. Massive. Japanese. Magical realism. Orwell-inspired.
Books that I want to read that aren’t sitting on my shelf and/or e-reader
- The rest of the Fablehaven series (Brandon Hull)
- The Enora Holmes series (Nancy Springer) – recommended by Kelly
- The Green Knowe series (Lucy M. Boston) – recommended by Kelly
Books that I want to re-read
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
- The Barchester Series (Anthony Trollope) – I saw Barchester Towers on Marian’s shelf when I was there. It reminded me that I’ve read Trollope, but all I remember is liking it – I don’t remember plot, or characters, or anything. Also I found out that Alan Rickman was in a 1982 version, so now I want to see that, too.
- A Room with a View (E.M. Forster) – My favourite book of all time. I just realized that it’s been 10 years since I first read it. I feel like I should do something to mark the occasion.