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Saturday, 8 September 2018

My Top 10 Books To Be Read

A few posts ago, I shared my top 10 favourite books of all time. It's got me thinking about the books that I really want to get to soon and I thought I'd share them. Hopefully by listing them here, I can hold myself accountable for trying to get to them.

1. Vinegar Girl - Anne Tyler
I read A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler a couple of years ago on the recommendation of my bestie Ashleigh. It was slightly different to anything I'd ever read before, as it didn't really have any big plot twists or major events - it was more of just the day-to-day life of a family. But despite this, I fell in love and knew that I could quite easily devour another Anne Tyler novel. When I spotted Vinegar Girl, I was intrigued. Not only is the book itself gorgeous, but it's also a rewrite of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, as part of Vintage's Hogarth Shakespeare series. I'm a huge Shakespeare fan anyway, so I can't wait to see how this compares to the original.

2. Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee
If you read My Favourite Books post, you'll know that To Kill A Mockingbird was one of my favourite novels ever. So when Go Set A Watchman was released, 50-something years after the first novel, I knew I had to have it. It features the main character from To Kill A Mockingbird, Jean, who returns to her hometown at age 26, and tackles lots of similar issues to the first novel, such as race. I was really eager to pick this up, but it's lived on my bookshelf ever since - I don't know why! I'm thinking that I may need to read the two Lee novels back-to-back, to get the full experience.

3. I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
Everyone has heard of Malala and her book, but I'd never really looked into her story any further than what's commonly known. However, for this year's International Women's Day, my class and I looked in detail at her story, and what she'd gone through, and I was so inspired. To have faced such difficulties and still be a positive human being who wants to contribute to society is just incredible and I really want to read more about her life so far.

4. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
This has been such a popular novel for so long, I'm not quite sure HOW I have managed to have gotten to this point and not read it. I feel like I'm the only person not to have read it yet. I've seen the film and loved it, so I'm fully expecting to love the book. I've heard such good things about the story, I'll be sure to arm myself with a box of tissues when I read this one.

5. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
When I was at university, we studied a few Bret Easton Ellis novels, and to my surprise I really enjoyed them. Up until that point, I'd been very much a romance, chick-lit sort of fan, and his novels did not fit this category. But I thoroughly enjoyed them and want to read more. American Psycho really is something of a cult classic, telling the story of serial killer Patrick Bateman. I'm really into watching True Crime videos on YouTube at the moment (post on my favourites coming soon), so I'm sure this will be right up my street at the moment. It might have to be the next one I get stuck into.

6. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
A classic had to made this list somewhere, and this one I have wanted to read for as long as I can remember. It's set in Russia, a country I have a real interest in, so I'd love to read about it. I watched the BBC adaptation when it was on and loved that, and hoped that it would spur me on to read the novel. But, it still sits unread on my bookshelf. I don't know if this will ever be read, as the sheer size of it is slightly off-putting, but I'm hoping it would be one of those bucket list books that I will get around to eventually.

7. The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan
Another historical novel, this time set during World War Two. I mentioned in My Favourite Books post that I love reading books set during this time period, and it was one of the main reasons why I picked this one up. This one is about an Australian who is in a Japanese prisoner of war camp - which is something that I have not read about before. I'm really eager to pick this up and perhaps learn some more about the time period.

8. The Opposite of Loneliness - Marina Keegan
This was a book that I picked up on one of my many little trips into Waterstones. I'd heard nothing about it, but I read the synopsis on the back and thought I'd give it a go. It's a collection of essays and stories written by Yale graduate Marina Keegan, who tragically died just five days after her graduation. This book was published posthumously, and I think it'll be something that will have a hard-hitting message, but written in a beautiful way. I can't wait to pick it up.

9. Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
I was a bit late to the bandwagon when it came to watching the HBO series, so it seems only fitting that I'm late to the bandwagon with the books too. This was another series that I wasn't sure would be my cup of tea at all, but my sister got me slightly hooked on watching the programme, and now I'm feeling ready to tackle the beast that is the book series. Again this has been something that I've been put off of by the size of each book in the series, but I think during the school holidays I might be able to make a stab at the first one of these.

10. Deception - Roald Dahl
I loved Roald Dahl books when I was a child, with Matilda and George's Marvellous Medicine still being some of my all-time favourite reads, which I always encourage the children in my class to read. So when I heard that he had written some books for adults too, I could not wait to pick them up. Deception is a collection of short stories, all based around the theme of deception, including Lamb to the Slaughter, which I remember studying at secondary school. I love a book of short stories during term time as I can easily dip in and out of it, so it might be a book for me to pick up when I'm back to work.

This list really excites me and is reigniting that love of reading that I seem to have lost a little bit. Hopefully, I'll get to them soon, and work won't get in the way too much. Maybe I'll check back in at the end of the year and see if I've got to any of them.

Have you read any of these? Which would you recommend I go for first?

Love Lexie

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