Haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a while, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, but this one was too good to pass up.
I would usually list all the new releases coming up and all the ARCs I have received waiting to be read on my ereader. But it’s a given that I will read those books. How can I not read them when I requested them and grateful to receive them? So I went to my bookshelf and looked through all the books I have purchased over the years saying, “I really want to read this”. They’ve been on my TBR pile way too long, so gotta dust them off and cross them off once and for all. They seem more suitable for a “top ten classics” meme but they are on my TBR pile, nonetheless. I have from March 20th – June 20th (roughly 14 weeks and I have a week of vacay in there) to tackle these beauts. I can do it!! I narrowed it down to these ten:
My Ántonia by Willa Cather (first published in 1918) Bought this American classic years ago but it came up again while I was reading the memoir Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan. Gotta be a sign.
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (first published 1933) Fictitious Nicole and Dick Diver have always been an interest. An ambitious psychiatrist takes care of his wife with a mental illness and the fact that Fitzgerald himself dealt with his wife going through similar struggles (she died in a mental hospital at 47 years old). I can feel the pain already.
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (first published 1856) This scandalized and banned book (The US banned it in 1954) makes it that more alluring. “The realism and objectivity of Madame Bovary bridges the gap between Romanticism and the modern novel”. ~The Dusty Shelf
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (first published 1985) She has written over 30 books and I have read none. Disgraceful, yes, I know. But it will get done! Thought I’d start with one that seems to be a fan favorite.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (first published 1985) I am a sucker for unrequited love. Love that conquers all. Love that takes fifty years to finally be together.
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (first published 1999) Love my short stories. This Pulitzer Prize Winning book was quickly added to my shelves after I read The Namesake, which resonated being a first and a half generation American myself. (Weird wording , I know. Growing up my Dad was first generation but entirely Italian and Mom an immigrant, learning the American ropes). Lahiri is a master writer.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (first published 1940) An American, coming-of-age novel that McCullers wrote at 23. 23!! I read that the character Mick Kelly is loosely based on her.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (first published 1934) Again, shameful that I have not read a single book by this master of mystery. One of my favorite genres that gets put on the back burner way too often.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (first published 1911) This will satisfy my TBR pile, my “Conquering the Classics” page as well as the “Children’s Corner” page! This is a book that I have desperately wanted to read with my daughters and can not read any books that are labeled “like The Secret Garden” until I get this one under my belt. We have our copies and our Children’s Book Club is ready to go!
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (first published 1938) Not pictured but recently ordered and probably the one I will tackle first. Again, I read that Alena by Rachel Pastan is inspired by this classic but I can not go there until I read the inspiration piece. My mother even tried to get me to watch the movie with her but I refused.
So….any suggestions in which one I should read first?