To Read List {Number 2}

Currently I have 199 books on my to-read shelf on Goodreads and it increases daily. When I purchase new books, I always try to pick titles from that list, so I don’t keep adding to my list. That, however is not the case 🙂

Sometimes I go through my to-read list and pick a few books which I want to read next and a lot of the times I stick to my choices.  I’ve read 3 of the 5 books I picked out for my last to read list.  Two of which I ordered online (see here) along with To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, which isn’t on this list, but I will get to that one soon enough.

Below are my top 10 choices of what to read next. I am not going to attempt to give you a summary for ALL of the books, because I will just end up copying excerpts from Goodreads, so I’ll just give you my list and the reasons why I want to read them.

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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

This 1862 classic has been on my list for a while. After seeing the musical staring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, I’ve moved the novel up on my to-read list. This classic tale about crime, punishment and suffering is a must read, something I should have done long time ago…

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A secret garden closed down after the death of a family remember, a garden that works magic and hides a secret. Reminds me somehow of The Forgotten Garden.

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The Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle

Another historical fiction around the Nazi’s and the war, this time set in Italy. After reading about the war in Spain (The Shadow of the Wind and Winter in Madrid) and Paris (How Angels Die) it seems I can’t get enough of reading about Hitler! I’ve read a kindle sample of the book and I want to know what happens next. This is something I do often, not that I don’t trust recommendations I get, but I like reading a sample before I purchase. This story is about two sisters that has to deal with war, death, terror and suffering around 1943 Florence, Italy. The only part I read dealt with one of the sisters whose fiancé went to fight in the war and she suspects that he is dead, awaiting news of what happened to him and where he is. I’d like to know what happens next…

my cousin rachelMy Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

I’ve read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and it is now one of my favourite novels! During December one of my best friends and I went to the beach for the day where we went and browsed around a second hand book store, full of old dusty books. I stumbled upon a vintage copy of My Cousin Rachel and squeaked with delight upon finding this one! I read a sample of this novel and I loved it.

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Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

This one is set in Sweden, 1981 about a boy that’s been ruthlessly bullied and seeks revenge. He killed the boy that bullied him. Another kindle sample I read, the writing was written in gruesome detail. Even though I cringed, I still want to finish the novel. I saw parts of the movie one night on TV and it was horrible. I don’t know why I want to read the book, but I do.

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

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Jazz, flapper dresses, the “Golden Age”, Daisy Buchanan… Do I need to say more? I’ve watch the movie, I’ve seen and read numerous references to The Great Gatsby, yet I still haven’t read it.  I watched Pretty Little Liars (yes yes, it’s my guilty pleasure) and on a Halloween episode Aria was dressed as Daisy. Hannah asked her who she is and she said “Daisy from The Great Gatsby” and Hannah replied “From the book or the movie?” That was funny, so let me find out the “difference” 🙂

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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

After reading two novellas of Edith Wharton,The Bunner Sisters and Madame de Treymes, I can’t wait to read one of Edith’s most popular works.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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“One of the 20th century’s enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement of a Nobel Prize winning career.The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility — the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth — these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel Garcia Marquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.

Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race” (source: Goodreads)

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The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

Post war Italy, 1958 , a story set in Tuscany. This novel is about revenge, love and 2 murders separated by 400 years.  This is another book I picked up in that second hand store just across the beach.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I read a sample of this one too, it was a mysterious and eerie tale. I purchased this book a month or two ago and I hope to read it soon!

“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive” (source: Goodreads)

What’s on your ‘what to read next’ list? If you read any of these, let me know if you liked it or not (maybe I can revise my choices)