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In college I took a required class that I hated–a library studies class that taught you how to use the databases. Useful, but mind numbingly boring. The best thing to come out of that class was the discovery of Goodreads, which combined my love of making lists with my love of books. What could be better than that?
It’s a love affair that’s continued all the way to the present. Currently, I have 523 books on my TBR list because that’s just how I roll. It doesn’t even include all the books I want to read (I have other lists of books in notebooks), but it’s plenty. There are dozens of books that are still on the list from the first year that I made it. Here’s ten, in no particular order.
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The first time I watched the film (with Reese Witherspoon) I understood exactly none of it. But I think I was twelve, so I’m giving myself a pass. After college, when it came on Netflix and with a wealth more reading about/from the time period, I enjoyed it so much. I just bought it recently, but I haven’t picked it up yet.
- A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
This book must have been on a recommended list on Goodreads back then. Since I’ve seen the film (with Helena Bonham Carter), and I’m a little leery of the book and it’s almost certain lack of happy things.
- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Not much to say about this one. Haven’t read it. Still want to read it.
- The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
I love the Tudors. They are such a great, dysfunctional family. This book caught my eye at Costco and I didn’t pick it up. But one day it will be mine! Or I’ll check it out at the library.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Oh the great book club read with the crazy title. My mom said she couldn’t really get into it, so I snatched it from the donation pile.
- The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
I wasn’t ever really that into the movie, but I’m obsessed with fantasy and maybe I’d like the movie more now if I saw it again.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
My fiance has told me the book is better than the film but it’s still not that great. So it might actually come off this list. I’m not sure. Anyone have an opinion on this book?
- The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
There’s really no reason this novel hasn’t been read yet. I’ve even picked it up from the library several times.
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
All for one and one for all! Love the movies (like the one with Tim Curry), need to read the book.
- Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
I used to eye this book at Barnes & Noble as a kid–the cover was hypnotic but there was always some other more urgent book to buy.
Want to scroll through my never-ending TBR? Here’s the link.
So over to you now. Have you read any of these books? Avoided them on purpose? Had a book that you’ve encountered over and over during the years and never gotten to?
Or have you, like me, seen a bunch of adaptations without reading the source material? Do you always read the book first? Let me know in the comments!