Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme by The Broke and the Bookish. See the other posts from this week here.
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I was wary of reading this because it was a thriller, and I thought it would freak me out too much. I did read Before I Go To Sleep, though, so this makes no sense. I should really try to read it, considering I work in publishing and it was one of the biggest successes of recent years…
2. 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Speaking of…! Articles which select choice quotes from this text are more than enough to know that I don’t have time for this series. With all the amazing books published every year, it makes me so sad that this is a record-breaker.
3. 1984 by George Orwell
This is exactly my kind of book, and I need to read it. (It’s included here if we mean ‘hyped’ as in ‘talked about, a lot’.) I just haven’t got round to it yet.
4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Literary novels aren’t really my cup of tea; I don’t like ‘trashy’ books, but definitely more commercial fiction. Besides, it would be too heavy to take with me to read on the train.
5. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
This was one of the set texts for French at university, so it’s both a miracle and not that surprising that I haven’t actually read it. (I got distracted by Baudelaire, it’s not like I didn’t read anything.)
6. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
I have heard good things about this book. I just can’t get past the blurb; it doesn’t entice me to read the book one little bit.
7. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
Big, heavy books + hundreds of characters + not being that bothered about them as it’s just the story of how they all die anyway = I will just read plot summaries online if I need to know what people are talking about when it comes to the TV show.
8. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
I have so much admiration for J. K. Rowling, and Harry Potter is one of my favourite things on the planet. However, this book sounds so miserable – and the little I watched of the TV show confirmed it – that I can’t bring myself to read it.
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I tried to read this and didn’t get into it at the time, but I have since put it back on the ‘to be read’ list following glowing reviews.
10. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
I have also started this book, I’ve just been on chapter two for a while… I’ll finish it eventually!
Thinking about this list made me realise how many classics and popular authors I have yet to read: Stephen King, Charles Dickens, Catch-22, Frankenstein… then again, I am not sure we will ever feel like we have read enough.
What would be on your list?