Top Ten Tuesday (1) – Resolved to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is the Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2011: basically, all those books you keep saying you are going to get to but haven’t yet.

  1. The Vampire Diaries Series by L.J. Smith. I simply love the TV series based on The Vampire Diaries (Ian Somerhalder, mmmmm) and I bought all the books a couple of months ago, but although I did manage to quickly glance at the content, I haven’t really read them. I don’t know why, but it seemed like the novels didn’t catch my attention as much as the TV series did, however I’m determined this time that I will read through all of them, and on top of that, write reviews.
  2. North and South by Elisabeth Gaskell. Back when the TV show based on the novel North and South was still airing, it was my Mom’s all-time favourite show. Ever since I came across the novel on a bookfair last year, I felt somewhat obligated to read it, even if it’s just because my Mom really liked the show.
  3. Fallen by Lauren Kate. When I read the teaser preview of this book, I was so excited about it, and wanted to buy it right away! However, I’m usually broke or halfway to being broke, so I had to delay my visit to the bookstore. A matter most unfortunate, but I plan to get my hands on this one anyway.
  4. The Riftwar Legacy, Legends of The Riftwar and Conclave of Shadows by Raymond E. Feist. As you may have noticed from reading my booklog, the last couple of months I’ve been focusing on the novels written by Raymond E. Feist. The reason for this is that I’ve had them in my home library for years now, and I’ve never really read all of them, so I just figured I should begin from the start, and read them all in their respective order. I still have one book left to read from The Serpentwar Saga, and then I’m going to read the other series I currently own.
  5. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. This is actually a reread, since I have read all of the books before, over the last seven, or eight years, but now I want to read all them in a row, to actually grasp the entire story. The way I plan to do this, is by holding a Harry Potter marathon, which basically means reading all books and watching all movies over the course of a week. Probably during summer holiday.
  6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. I remember how I kept pushing my friends to give me this enormous piece of literature for my birthday, and they eventually gave in, and bought it for me! But, to my most utter shame, I have to admit I never came around to reading it. In my defense, the novel is freaking huge, and puts even The Three Musketeers (by the same author, Dumas)  or 2666 by Roberto Bolaño to shame.
  7. The Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel. Back when I read The Clan of The Cave Bear for the very first time, I totally fell in love with Auel’s writing style, characters and awesome plotlines. During the next couple of years, I bought the three other parts of the series (still need The Shelters of Stone), but never really got around to reading them. Somehow I lost interest in the first hundred pages of The Valley of The Horses, however I’m older and wiser now, and I think Earth’s Children deserves another chance.
  8. Doctor Zjivago by Boris Pasternak. A classic, world-changing literature, and has been sitting in my library to dust and be fed to the bookworms for an entire year now. I was so excited when I bought it, for the ridiculously low price of 10 euros, but then I forgot all about it. Maybe it’s a size-thing again, because it is really huge too. Or maybe I’m just lazy. Anyway, I really want to read this one in 2011.
  9. The Soldier Son Trilogy by Robin Hobb. I absolutely adored The Farseer Trilogy, I loved The Tawny Man Trilogy and until this very day I regret never getting my hands on the Liveship Traders Trilogy, so naturally one would expect I would read The Soldier Son Trilogy as soon as I bought them. Wrong. There was something about the first hundred pages of Shaman’s Crossing that really put me off, and I didn’t have the energy at the time to continue, plus I felt really dissapointed. However, Hobb is still my number one favourite fantasy author, so I owe it to her to give this series another try. And who knows, maybe after those first hundred pages, it will turn out alright after all?
  10. Shattered Mirror by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. What can I say? Her debut novel, In The Forests of The Night, featured characters that really conquered my heart and soul. The next novel in the series, Demon In My View, killed and destroyed all grand expectations I ever had of this author, so I gave up. I will never know how one can create the two greatest vampires in YA literature and then blatantly kill off every potential they ever had by introducing a teenage emo-girl to the scene. Gah. It also bothers me that none of the novels feature on the same main character twice. However, in honor of In The Forests of The Night, I’m going to give Atwater-Rhodes one last try. Please don’t dissapoint, or break my heart like that again.

So, what are your Top Ten Books You Resolve to Read in 2011?

Comments

  1. Oh, this is a nice list! I’ll be reading North and South as well, this year. And the Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favourites!

    Happy reading!:)

    Risa

  2. A great list. Rereading is fun – i love harry potter as well.

  3. These are some huge books! Best of luck.

    Here’s my list of ten books to read this year.

  4. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Vampire Diaries, though I’m in the minority there, so you may love them! I also need to read the Harry Potter series. And Fallen. 🙂

    Hope you enjoy all of these!
    –Another Book Junkie

  5. My daughter read Fallen in one day…had to wait a couple of days for Amazon to ship Torment and then she read that in a day as well. Fallen may be the first YA book I delve into this year 🙂

  6. I want to read North and South as well. I’ve only seen a few snatches of the tv show in a youtube clip but I’ve got a few books I want to read this year and then watch the adaptations.

  7. Nice list.

    I loved Cranford when I read it a couple of years ago, and always wanted to read North and South but somehow I never got round to it.

    The Count of Monte Cristo is one I want to reread because I strongly suspect the edition I read as a teenager was edited. At least it seems awfully short compared with the edition I have now.

    I am in the middle of rereading the Harry Potter books and have gotten to the books I only read once before. It keeps surprising me how many small details I missed the first time around.

  8. I’m kind of intrigued by the Vampire Diary books, too – so far they have evaded my grasp but I would imagine I’ll read them at some point.

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