Friday, July 21, 2017

Susie's Literary Bucket List

As I'm sure many of you have noticed, there are a lot of books to be read in the world.

And as I'm sure many of you have noticed, we have limited time to read, given that immortality isn't a thing yet.

We all have those books that we really, really want to read, but just haven't gotten to yet, for whatever reason. These are twenty-five books (and plays) that have been on my TBR forever, and I totally, 100% intend to get to. Someday. It's a healthy mix of "classics" and contemporary stuff.

(Fun fact: I've actually read quite a bit of classic fiction already!)

(Second fun fact: a lot of it sucks!)

(Third fun fact: fuck you, Wuthering Heights, The Catcher in the Rye, and everything ever written by Ayn Rand! I will forever resent the English teachers that forced me to read you!)

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

I've tried to read this one soooo many times. It's not that I don't like it -- I do, and it was great fun to read bits and pieces of when I was utterly obsessed with the musical back in 2013. It's just... long. Oh-so-long. (Seriously, I started from the beginning and read for at least half of an 8-hour flight once, and I barely got to the bit where you meet Valjean. You know, the main character.)

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I'm a huge Janeite, and I've read and loved both Pride and Prejudice and Emma, so this is the logical next choice. I actually don't know the plot of this one -- I knew the plot of P&P long before I read it due to cultural osmosis, but this, I honestly don't have a clue what I'm getting into.

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

I love vampires. I do. And while I'm told this series has its ups and downs, I'm looking forward to the day I start at the beginning.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

As mentioned above, I read Charlotte's sister Emily's novel Wuthering Heights, and I was... not impressed. To say the least. (KILL IT WITH FIRE.) But I won't let that taint my view of this novel, which, from all I've heard about the plot, sounds fascinating. My mom owns a copy or three, so I really have no excuse.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Yeah, yeah, I haven't read these yet even though I'm a huge fantasy fan. I'm sorry. Next!

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Love the webseries based on this one, love vampires, love gothic literature. And the book isn't even that long. I actually tried to get my hands on this one back in high school, but my school's library didn't have it anywhere in the system. But it's never too late!

The Martian by Andy Weir

This is one I've been meaning to read since its release. It sounds hilarious, and all the snippets I've read online have been great. It sounds like really accessible, enjoyable sci-fi -- even for someone like me, who sucks at science and doesn't think about it too hard.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

One thing that always bugged me in English classes was, when it came to classic lit, women kind of got the shaft, with the exception of Jane Austen and Wuthering Heights. (Blech.) Everything I've heard about this book makes it sound like the sort of story I'd love -- even if it doesn't show up on most school reading lists.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Everyone says it's amazing, it sounds amazing, it probably will be amazing. I just haven't gotten to it yet. I'll probably get to it when the hype dies down...

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

I loved Hurston's short story Sweat when I read it for a class about a year ago -- I even did my final paper on it. My mom actually got me a copy of this book for my last birthday, so hopefully, I'll read it soon!

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman's collaboration with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, is my favorite book of all time, and I keep meaning to read more of Gaiman's work. I actually read the graphic novel adaptation of this one when I was nine... and it gave me nightmares for a week. As did the movie. But it's a great story, and it'll be interesting to see if it still scares the hell out of me now that I'm an "adult."

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I read the first book in this series, years and years ago. I need to reread it, since I've forgotten roughly 3/4 of the plot, and go on to the rest of the series, because what I remember was great.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

This plot is one that fascinates me, though I haven't yet read the book or seen the movie. I thought about seeing the movie, but the whole yellowface thing really turned me off to it -- but that's not the book's fault, and from what I've heard, the book is better, anyway.

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

I'm not a huge fan of Lewis' most popular books, The Chronicles of Narnia, but this story's premise is one that intrigues me. Lewis was highly religious, while I'm highly... not, so it'll be interesting, at least, to see his portrayal of demons and Hell in his fiction, and contrast it to my own ideas.

No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre

Thanks to popcultural osmosis (and spending too much time on TV Tropes), I know the full plot of this one, but I still want to give it a read. I love reading plays, and who doesn't enjoy some French existentialism? (...Don't answer that.)

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Yeah, yeah, I'm a theater nerd and yet I haven't read this...

Dracula by Bram Stoker


Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Read the first book. Loved it. Got distracted. This was seven years ago. I am really bad at staying on top of things.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I bought this one! Soooooon.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Have you ever had a series that you've never read or seen, ever, but because someone close to you is super-into it, you know a surprising amount about? Yeah, that's the Outlander books for me -- my mom loves them, and everything I've heard has made them sound really, really good. I balk at them for the same reason I balk at Les Mis, however -- and this is a series of not one doorstopper, but eight. And the series isn't done yet.

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montogomery

I can't really explain why I want to read this one. I've read Anne of Green Gables, and it was okay, but for some reason, this story really appeals to me. I understand it's for a bit more of an older audience than the Anne books, so we'll see how it goes.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Because Gone Girl is amazing. (Breaking news, I know.) I keep meaning to read more of Flynn's other work, and this seems like as good a place to begin as any.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I adore fairy tale retellings, and this is a whole series of them! With a semi-active fandom, to boot! I admit the mixed reviews have been part of the reason why I haven't gotten to these yet, but I intend to keep an open mind and give them a shot.

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero

An autobiography about the making of The Room, aka, the worst movie ever made -- how could I not want to read this one? It's yet another book that I own, but haven't read yet. I think it'll be a good long road-trip book, and it sounds really interesting. Sometimes, reality is stranger than fiction, and everything I've heard about The Room's production assures me that it was a shitshow.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I love the movie, but who doesn't? This is also on here because it's my BFF's favorite book, and I know she'd never forgive me if I didn't put it on here. So, yes, Kat, I promise -- I will read this. Now you have it in ink.


And that's my literary bucket list! Who knows which of these I'll get to first. Tell me what books have been on your TBR forever down in the comments!

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