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)

  • Isi

    I have read only Les miserables, and I liked it very much but you have to know that the author talks for pages and pages about politics, the map of Paris, or about certain battles that are not part of the story itself. So be patient 😉

    I have in my list García Márquez’ novel since ever, I have to read it because I know I will love it.
    I haven’t read anything yet by Edith Warthon!!
    Let the right one in: I watched the film (the Swedish one) and I loved it. Very gripping!
    The others: I didn’t know some of them, so I will have to read your reviews to know if I want to give them a try 😉

    • That’s the thing about classics, they are terribly lengthy, sometimes unnecessarily so. When I read The Count of Monte Cristo I wished I rather picked up the unabridged version, but in the end I loved the book and quite enjoyed the 1,000 odd pages!

      I’ve heard good things about Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez’s work, so I hope I enjoy this novel! You should try and read some of Edith Wharton’s novellas – they’re quick reads and they are free!

  • I’m reading Les Miserables right now, and I like it for the most part, but it can get really frustrating when Hugo goes off on tangents that really have nothing to do with the plot — tangents that he totally admits are irrelevant to the story — like an 80-page detailed description of the Battle of Waterloo, which took place long before the story, and 50 pages about the history of a particular convent and whether convents suck the life out of a community. So just beware of that!

    Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, and I would definitely recommend it! The Age of Innocence is on my own shelf, waiting to be read; I hope to get to it soon 🙂

    • Oh no! But that’s the thing about reading unabridged versions of the classics. However I rather do that, than fearing I missed out on some aspects of the novel. Thanks for the warning… Les Miserables will probably take me a month to read if I have to suffer through the boring bits!

      So many people love The Great Gatsby, I can’t wait to read it! If you haven’t already, download The Age of Innocence from amazon, I got it for free. Unless you have a lovely vintage copy 🙂

      • Same; I’d rather skim the boring parts and know they’re there than read an abridged version. I’m taking nearly four months to read it at the leisurely pace of 100 pages per week.

        I have a hard copy of The Age of Innocence; it’s not lovely and vintage, but it’s the Barnes & Noble Classics edition, so it was cheap! I haven’t gone digital yet :/

        • You can still go digital if you have an Iphone or Samsung cellphone (i say this because the screens are bigger) and you can download the kindle application. Then get the kindle book for free 🙂

  • I’m going to add my recommendation to get an abridged “Les Mis.” I know it’s almost sacrilegious, but I’ve read the full and it’s not worth slugging through the descriptions of Paris street maps.

    Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite authors. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is strange and wonderful, but my favorite from him is actually “Love in the Time of Cholera.” If you haven’t made your next 10 list after you’ve conquered these books, I’d highly recommend adding it!

    • Thanks! I might consider getting the abridged after all the warnings I got.
      I’ve heard about Love in the time of cholera and I think it is on my list on goodreads, if not I will add it. Hopefully if I like One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the time of cholera might make it to my next 10 to read. That’s the thing about me, when I read a book by an author and I end up loving it, I try to read more and more books by that author.

  • I decided to make a rule for myself that my Goodreads to-read list isn’t allowed to exceed 100 books. Currently I’m having to remove a book for every one I add. So far I’ve been able to find books I’m happy to remove, but I expect it’s going to get a lot harder pretty soon.

    • Goodluck! I don’t think I will be able to do that. Most of the books on my list are onces I really want to read. There’s about 20- 25 that I can remove – they’re only on the list because I received free copies of it.

      Are you on goodreads? Feel free to add me 🙂

  • therelentlessreader

    Great list! I plan on tackling Les Mis at some point this year. I’m excited/nervous about it.

    I haven’t read anything by du Maurier but I definitely should.

    Good luck with your goals 🙂

    • Goodluck on Les Miserables! I tackled The Count of Monte Cristo unabridged as my first classic and I quite enjoyed it, maybe because it wasn’t that boring. However I will take into consideration the warnings I received about Les Mis, seems like it’s unnecessarily lengthy.

      You should read Rebecca by du Maurier, that’s the only one I’ve read so far and I loved it 🙂
      Good luck with your list too!

  • I have 100 years of Solitude…on my reading shelf waiting for me to start it. I want to read it, I’ve read wonderful things about this book, but somehow I find it intimidating. I read Love in the Time of Cholera and was a little underwhelmed. I hope I don’t get disappointed with this one also.

    • Oh no, I hope I won’t feel the same about Love in the Time of Cholera, because I want to read that too! Thanks for stopping by

  • Great list! I plan on reading The Great Gatsby this year, too. Oh, I’ve been wanting to read The Secret Garden — so many readers cherish that book. Best of luck on your reading! 🙂

    • Nice to hear those two are on your list too 🙂

      Yes I’ve seen a lot of bloggers saying good things about The Secret Garden. Lets hope I get to it soon.

  • Celeste

    The think with me and to read lists are that my lists are forever growing into space but most of the times I read quite a few books from my ‘to read list’. I do get a lot of impulsive moments where I just pick up any book that tickles my fancy so i am not set in stone when it comes to my “to read list”. You got a great selection from your to read list. I have read The Great Gatsby as a teenager. I would love to read “Let the right one in”. I got Les Miserables but I need to find the courage to read it…

    • Mine is also ever growing, I just can’t help it. When I end up buying a random book impulsively (which isn’t on my current to-read list) i add it on goodreads, thats why it’s always growing. No to read list is ever set in stone. That’s why I sometimes go through mine and pick a few that I’d like to read next and I try hard to stick to it, but I don’t always. Like I said above I read 3 of the 5 I said I would 😉

      Remember Sarveshen? We were discussing classics one day and he told me he loves classics and The Great Gatsby is one of his favorites. I told him its on my to-read list and he said I must read it, he is currently reading it for the second time and I must promise I will read it. Well now I feel I need to push it to the next book to read, like as a remembrance to him. So sad…

      Maybe we should read Let the Right One In together – and exchange scary moments at 3am in the morning 🙂

      • That sounds like a great idea lol, “exchanging scary moments at 3 am in the morn” Hahahahaha

        • Yes! You know what a scaredy cat I am. I won’t be able to sleep so I will phone you and make strange noises hahahaha 😉

          I mean I was jumping off the bed for scenes from Angel’s Game! But then again that book was suspenseful, so it happens. This one seems more gruesome, so I doubt it will make us jumpy. All it will do is give us nightmares, from what I read. Looking forward to reading it with you!!

  • I have got The Villa Triste somewhere on my shelves too. That is a great list of books you got there. Enjoy reading all of them!

    • Thanks Ciska! I am hoping to read Villa Triste soon. I’m sure I will enjoy these books. Thanks for stopping by

  • I don’t keep track of my to read list. I’m in denial. I feel like if I knew the exact number, I’d feel more guilty every time I except a new book review request or buy another book. I guess that’s a sign a real addiction.

    • I don’t keep track entirely so I’m grateful for goodreads! And I know exactly how you feel. I keep buying more and accepting more. Worst of all is, will I ever read all of them?? 🙂

  • Wow, good luck with this list. I’ve read a few of these, and have a couple others on my list, too. I bought Let the Right One In, but ended up not being able to finish it. It was just so slow and weird and it felt like it was taking me forever to read. Eventually I gave up and watched the (original, Swedish) movie. Hopefully you’ll have a better experience than I did. 🙂

    • Which ones have you read? I saw only parts on the movie on tv, and it was scary. I read a sample of this book and it was intriguing. I hope that when I read the full version I will enjoy it still. It’s sad when you love a book in the beginning and then later you loose interest. That’s the thing about a slow paced book, or a book with poor character development.
      Thanks for stopping by xx

      • I’ve read The Secret Garden, The Great Gatsby, Let the Right One In (sort of), and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

        I read The Secret Garden when I was a kid, and saw a few different movie versions. I have seen The Forgotten Garden mentioned as kind of a knock-off of The Secret Garden, but I haven’t read that one, so I don’t really know. But I guess it’s safe to say that they’re similar, eh?

        • I am about to read the The Great Gatsby soon. Miss Peregrine’s, Secret Garden and Les Miserables I already have so I will read them soon too. The rest I still have to purchase 😉

          I enjoyed the The Forgotten Garden , but I’m not sure how similar it is to Secret Garden. Once I read that, I will be able to tell, but judging by opinions I’ve read from others and the general sypnosis I think there might be similarities.

  • I actually found a non-abridged copy of The Secret Garden at Target (do you have those? Target is amazing!) for $1 so I’m excited to read it soon!

    • No we don’t 🙁
      I have The Secret Garden, I’ll have to read my free kindle copy for now.

  • I have quite a lengthy TBR list too Mel and there’s plenty of classics sittingn on my shelves to be read. I’ve actually just finished reading volume one of Les Miserables and I’m about to start vol 2 but it’s taken a long time to get through it. I’m thinking I might watch the movie soon to motivate me to finish!

    Beautiful blog, thank you for stopping by and following me 🙂

    • Don’t we all that that long TBR list, lol 🙂
      Good luck with Les Miserables, I will join you soon 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by

  • These books look beautiful! I have been meaning to read Les Miserables but the length intimidates me a bit >.<
    Thank you for following. Your blog is lovely.

    • Thanks dear, I tried to make it look less nerdy lol 😉

      These books are beautiful and I hope that the stories are too!

    • Good luck with Les Miserables. I was intimidated with The Count of Monte Cristo too, but then I just decided to read it at a leisurely pace and a month (or 2) I was done. Don’t worry about how long it takes. Sometimes the classics aren’t easy reads so pick them up and put them down and continue again until you done. No rush 😉

  • I’ve read the Ransom Riggs book. I thought the idea slightly better than the execution but still a good book. Looking forward to the reviews.

    • I am slightly taken with the book itself, hence I went out and purchased the physical books. The pictures are haunting.
      I hope I will like the book as much, and yes I will definitely write a review.

  • I didn’t care for My Cousin Rachel all that much. It started off fine but kind of ran out of steam

    • Oh no! But I will give it a try still, I love du Maurier. I will keep in mind not to have high expectations of it or to compare it to Rebecca.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  • I really want to read Les Miserables as well! Not going to lie, this was largely motivated by seeing the movie/musical, but I’m glad that I’ve heard really great things about it. I also really loved Rebecca, but I’ve yet to check out other works by Daphne du Maurier. I hope you read My Cousin Rachel soon- I’d love to hear what you think of it.

    • I think I was motivated by the movie too. I have the book for ages now, yet only after seeing the movie I’ve been thinking about starting to read it. I’m going to read the unabridged – maybe 😉

      Rebecca is one of my favorites! Yes I will definitely post a review on it when I’m done. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Les Mis is coming up on my challenge list that I’m reading, so hopefully I’ll read that soon, I want to watch the movie ..lol

    The only book I’ve read in your list is The Great Gatsby, which I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to the movie that is coming out soon for it.

    Very interesting list!

    • Thanks Jenn.
      The movie was great – if you are into musicals. A lot of men who were dragged along was complaining 🙂

      I am hoping to read The Great Gatsby very soon! Les Mis is on the list, but I’m in no hurry to read it. I want to tackle the unabridged and it might take months.

  • I’ve just started going through my bookshelves and adding all my un-read books to my TBR list, thinking it would help me get organized and stay on track with actually reading through my TBR pile. I’m only about half way through my shelves and I’m already overwhelmed, to say the least!

    I haven’t actually read anything on your list, but Miss Peregrine’s is on mine and I was thinking I’d like to read Gatsby now that the movie is about to come out….at least it’s one of the shorter classics out there!

    • TBR lists are always going to be a problem for me, because its ever growing! Sometimes I even end up reading books that’s not on my current TBR list. It’s a vicious cycle 🙂

      I want to read Great Gatsby after I finish my current read, also because of the movie coming out and the fact that it’s short.

      Thanks for stopping by xx

  • Anna2053

    Well, I think The Age of Innocence is a good choice from that author.

    I receive a couple of recommendations in Goodreads, one is The Devil’s Laughter by Frank Yerby. Set during French Revolution. I’m currently reading it. So far so good.

    The other one is Cossacks In Paris by Jeffrey Perren.

    The story is set in march 1812 to April 1814, the crucial years for the beginning to the end of Napoleon as Emperor.

    The first line is unforgettable “The birds had fled. The Cossacks had arrived.” It contains the intensity and the fierce that characterize the Cossacks.

    The main character, Breutier – a civil engineer- faces a dilemma of loving his country and hating his ruler; he also makes comments that are penetrating and provocative and deep enough to make you think twice about what you have in mind about the meaning of freedom.

    Also there is a good love story. Very challenging for the lovers. They have to deal with the most powerful rulers -Napoleon and Alexander, along with the ruthless Agripin, the Cossack.

    As the recommendation promised, it was refreshing and compelling novel.

    • Hi Anna, thanks for stopping by and sharing the books you’re currently reading. Cossacks in Paris sure sounds like an interesting historical fiction novel, as you’ve noticed I like my historical fiction. I’ve read a few of Edith’s novellas so I’m sure I will enjoy this book.

      I’ve only read 3 of the books on this list so far, because I’ve had so many others (review requests, netgalleys and book clubs), but I think I’m on my way to complete this this year in between the other books I have to read.

      • Anna2053

        Um.. I think a list must contain some thriller or mystery novel. What about The Stieg Larsson trilogy. Is not really a trilogy, but really good.

        • My favourite genres are historical fiction, mysteries and I enjoy thrillers too. I always have all 3 genres on my shorter lists. I have read the Millenium trilogy (Stieg Larsson) and I loved it! (Saw the Swedish movies too – loved that as well).

          • Anna2053

            Hello Melinda

            I haven’t forgotten about you, and as I remember you love historical fiction, maybe another candidate is “Bess of Hardwick” by Marie S. Lovell.

            As queens and kings, are often the center of attention of historical fiction, this woman -Bess-certainly was a remarkable one, and deserves a novel.