Last week I started this 10 part blog series where I go through one of those predictable “top 100 books to read in your lifetime” and give my two-cents about the books on the list. I found this top 100 list on AbeBooks, and I chose it because I thought it was that little bit less predictable in comparison to the BBC or Amazon one.
So, I’m here today to bring you the next 10 books on the list, bringing the count up to 20.
If you want to see part 1 of this series, click here!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
I don’t know a whole lot about this book, other than I don’t think I’m interested in reading it???
It’s hard to grasp what this is even about because it’s a “classic” and for some reason, when a book becomes a “classic”, its synopsis disappears into thin air.
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
This is another one of those books I’ve never been interested in reading. I’m just not into these slow, coming of age type stories.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Finally a book I’m interested in! I love all things Alice in Wonderland, I went to a really interesting exhibition about the book and the author at The British Library once, but I still haven’t read it! One day… one day…
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I thought I might be like “yeah I’ll read this one” because it’s only 100 pages long, but then I read the synopsis and threw that idea out the window. This one sounds so dull!
Even my mum who’s into more meaningful, philosophical stuff thought this one sounded boring.
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
I’m nervous about this one because so many people say it isn’t the novel they were expecting? But I still want to read it! I fully expect to ugly cry my way through it.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I thought this novel was huge but apparently it’s only 200-and-something pages long.
I know this isn’t supposed to be a standard scary horror novel, it’s supposed to be much more than that., and for that reason I’m worried I won’t get it and only end up giving it 3 stars like so many other reviewers. Saying that, I do still want to give this a shot… I’ll just need to prepare myself for it.
All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
I have a love / hate relationship with things about war. Sometimes I find them too bleak and dull, and other times I think they’re extremely poignant and interesting. The last war book I read was To Die in Spring by Ralf Rothmann (which I loved). So this one does interest me, and if I can get myself a cheap copy, I’ll most likely buy it and read it.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I already have this one on my shelves to read, so I will definitely get around to it soon! My mum liked this one when she read it, so I hope I will too.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I had such a different picture in my head as to what this novel was going to be about. I’m not sure why, but I hadn’t expected it to be about the war. I am interested in reading this though, I’ve only seen good reviews for it.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I’m ashamed that I haven’t read this one yet! I will get around to it at some point. My nan bought me the beautiful special edition of it at Christmas, so I need to read it this year at least!
So there we have it for part two! A few more “classics” this time around but a couple of modern books towards the end there. I think the general consensus for most of these posts is going to be that I want to read the more modern books, but not so much the older ones.
I’d love to know how many of these first 10 books you’ve read, and what you thought of them!