Updated on March 12, 2015
Twirly’s Top Ten: Books I Want to Read
I have come to the conclusion that there are simply too many books in the world. I’ll never be able to read half of the ones I want to before I die. I wish I’d done more of the required and “recommended” reading in high school and college, because I’d be further along than I am now.
Part of the problem is that I’m a re-reader. If I come across a story that I love, I feel compelled to go to it again, and again. Part of me feels bad because I know this limits the amount of new things I have time to read; part of me remembers that C.S. Lewis said that a person who never re-reads a book must be very dull indeed.
So, without further ado, Twirly’s Top Ten: Books I Want to Read, in no particular order, are as follows–
1. The Lunar Chronicles (Marissa Meyer): Every time I go into Barnes and Noble, I see the cover of Cinder, the first book of this series. And every time, I tell myself that I’ll get it next time, that there are too many other books out there, that I can’t be starting a series right now. I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever get around to it–but I really hope to!
2. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins): I know, I know. “You haven’t read The Hunger Games? You review YA literature and you haven’t read The Hunger Games?!” It’s a travesty, it’s true, but the series thing is holding me back. I do want to read them, of course.
3. Hans Christien Anderson’s fairytales: I’m actually a lot closer to reading these than I am the others because I own this one! Ryan and I were on vacation a few weeks ago when I saw it–the most gorgeous, leather-bound copy of this book. There was a whole wall of books like it, but this one was perfect. He saw me looking and the rest is history. The book is mine, and soon I’ll read it!
4. Any of J.K. Rowling’s post-Harry Potter writing: There is a reason that people on the internet have taken to calling Rowling “the Queen.” She’s brilliant. I can’t say it enough. I’m re-reading the Harry Potter books right now and realizing that they’re not just for children. I want to read The Tales of Beedle the Bard and her murder mystery.
5. The Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics (Joss Whedon): Yes. My nerd is showing. It’s partly that I have a writer-crush on Joss Whedon, and partly because I can’t stand the fact that I got so emotionally invested in these characters when they were on TV and I thought that their stories were finished–but they’re not! Ugh. Whedon.
6. Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell): This is a recent addition to the list. I read an article about this book last night, and suddenly I had to have it inside of me. The main character sounds (from the article) and awful lot like me, and I think I might like this book.
7. The entire Anne of Green Gables series (L.M. Montgomery): I’ve read Anne of Green Gables innumerable times, and seen the movie even more. Anne Shirley was like another sister to me, and I love her so much for it. But, for whatever reason, I’ve never read the other books. I’ve always known they were there, of course; as a child, I must have assumed that they were “too old” for me or some nonsense. But the troubling thing is that I don’t actually know how the story ends! No real closure!
8. The Giver (Lois Lowry): This is one of those books that my elementary school friends were reading that I didn’t have any interest in at the time. It’s only now that I realize the cultural milestone that I appear to have missed.
9. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens): I started reading this book on a plane once. But I was reading it on my phone, and the stewardess made me shut my phone off, so that was the end of that. But I remember liking what I read.
10. 100 Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez): I took a literature course in college that had a unit on South American literature. We talked about Marquez a lot, and the professor admired him. I admired the professor. You connect the dots.
There you have it! I assure you, there are a great deal more titles that I could put on the list, but I’ve limited it to ten for your convenience. What are some books you want to read?