Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Top Ten Books Natanya Resolves to Read in 2011


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. If you can't come up with ten, don't worry about it---post as many as you can!

Yup, time for another to-read list! Gotta love 'em. January means it's time to make New Year's resolutions, and while I tend not to complete 95% of my resolutions, I am determined to read certain books this year, many of which I meant to read in 2010. So here are the Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read in 2011 (in no particular order):
  1. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs – I got this at Powell’s over the summer because it sounds interesting and I’ve read great reviews of it, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. It’s not very long, so I hope to read it this month while I’m on break.
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami – I started this over the summer, but for some reason had a really hard time getting into it, despite the fact that I absolutely loved the other two Murakami books I’ve read, Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore. I know a number of people for whom TWUBC is their favorite, so I’d really love to be able to get far enough into it to know why!
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Oh, you know. It seems that this, and “classic literature” as a whole, is either on every book-lover’s “favorites” or “to read” list. Time to finally get to this one.
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – My dad adores Bradbury, and this is my kind of book. I think I’ve only been resisting reading it all these years because I saw the movie when I was younger and hated it. But that really doesn’t mean anything.
  5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – I’ve wanted to read this ever since a classmate of mine read it for an English project back in my senior year of high school. People seem to either love this or hate it, so I guess I have no way of knowing whether I’ll like it until I start reading it!
  6. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger – Loved Catcher in the Rye.
  7. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore – I’ve heard only wonderful things about Moore, and my friend owns this particular book and said it was hysterical.
  8. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer – I adored Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (see my review of it here), and I’m sure I’ll love this too. I’m also excited for Foer’s Tree of Codes, which comes out on the 11th! (I know, I cheated, two books at once…but JSF can totally be an exception!).
  9. Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World by Signe Pike – Signe Pike graduated from my university, and I actually got the chance to sit down and chat with her (yay English Club!) about her research and travels for this book, as well as her former career as a book editor (my dream job). She was super fun and friendly, and told us some great stories from her travels, so I can’t wait to read the end product!
  10. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood – You all know how much I love Margaret Atwood. When I reviewed Wilderness Tips, a bunch of people said they loved Cat’s Eye, so I’m going to make that my next Atwood read!
Your turn! What books do you absolutely want to read this year? I know you all have that stack of books on your bookshelf that you keep putting off--maybe it's time to finally read them!

**On a very related note, next week's topic is Top Ten Bookish/Blogging Resolutions in which you can share all those things you things that you resolve to do concerning your reading or blogging life. So...keep resolving! And if you've already posted your resolutions, as most have, please feel free to link them up anyways!

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48 comments :

  1. Fahrenheit 451 was almost on my list, too, and I can't believe you've never read Pride and Prejudice! Love that one, although Persuasion is my favorite Austen - good luck with getting them all read!

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

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  2. I'm glad to see that I am the only one that hasn't read Pride and Prejudice. It is on my list too. Running with Scissors and Franny and Zooey have been sitting on my shelves for years, I didn't include them on my list but they could have been. Good luck on keeping your resolution, I hope I can keep mine.

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  3. Fahrenheit 451 is one of my all time favorite books. I read it in eighth grade, and I now try to read it at least once a year.

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  4. I read P&P this year so don't feel too bad! Farenheit 451 would have been number 11 on my list! Must get on that! And I hope you love Franny and Zooey and Everything Is Illuminated!

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  5. "I’ve only been resisting reading it all these years because I saw the movie when I was younger and hated it."

    Amazing I saw the movie and loved it!
    Why its Truffaut!Honestly I loved the film.Ger

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  6. There are some good authors in there. :)

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  7. I never saw the Fahrenheit 451 movie but everyone tells me it was awful. The book is very good. I especially liked the CODA and the author's notes at the end of the book. Be sure to read them, too.

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  8. Once you're finished with Pride and Prejudice - you should definitely consider Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Sounds ridiculous, but it was hilarious!

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  9. Pride and Prejudice is one of those books that if you haven't read it, people tend to look at you weird. I have never read it and I don't think I ever will. I just can't seem to get into the classics.

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  10. I actually know some of these books!:D....Austen is always a pleasure to read. Good luck with P&P! Farenheit 451 is only something I've heard about. I don't think I've ever seriously considered reading it.

    Have fun!:)

    Risa

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  11. I actually know some of these books!:D....Austen is always a pleasure to read. Good luck with P&P! Farenheit 451 is only something I've heard about. I don't think I've ever seriously considered reading it.

    Have fun!:)

    Risa

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  12. Hmmm there are so many books on this list that I have not read. Seems like I will have to put some effort in this year!

    Sonette

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  13. Great list! I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't read Pride and Prejudice!

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  14. No. 2 and 4 are on my TBR list, but not as priority reads.

    Running with Scissors is scary funny.

    You have a treat ahead of you in P&P.

    The Alchemist is easy to either love or hate, so when you do read it, I would like to see a review from you.

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  15. You've got some good ones on your list! Farenheit, Pride & Prejudice, and The Alchemist are all great books!

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  16. I've read Safran Foer's non-fiction book Eating Animals, but haven't yet read his novels. I hope to change that soon as well.

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  17. Pride and Prejudice is also on my list to read this year! :)

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  18. Great list! Christopher Moore's LAMB is one of my favorite books.

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  19. Pride and Prejudice will be on my list too!! I've been wanting to read that book for so long. It definitely needs to get read this year!! And I read Fahrenheit 451 a long time ago. I didn't like it. =/ I thought it was a very boring, uneventful book. However, I hope you enjoy it!! =)

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  20. I LOVE Christopher Moore! A Dirty Job is definitely one of his best, as well as Lamb. I hope you enjoy it!

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  21. I've been wanting to read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I also have Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close at home, but still haven't read it (or Everything Is Illuminated), although I am reading Eating Animals right now.

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  22. Yes yes yes to Pride and Prejudice! It's my favorite Austen (like most people, I'm sure :D)

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  23. I read "Farenheit 451" for the first time for the Book Banned Week last year. It's very good. I hope you get to read and enjoy it as much as I did!

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  24. Running with Scissors is on my list also. I read his Christmas stories, funny.

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  25. Christopher Moore is one of my absolute favorites! I met him here in San Francisco and he is one of the funniest people I've ever met. A Dirty Job is the first book of his that I read, I hope you love it! Lamb is probably my absolute favorite of his, with A Dirty Job coming second.

    I re-read Fahrenheit 451 this year and loved it (I actually hated it the first time I read it oddly enough... maybe because it was for school). Running with Scissors is also fantastically funny. I have yet to read anything by Safran Foer or Murakami, but they're both on my to-read list for this year.

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  26. Jane Austen is always a good pick - I have one on my list, too. ;")

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  27. I HAVE to discover Jane Austen in 2011 too!

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  28. Ooh Running with Scissors! Good choice. I also really his Christmas stories and Possible Side Effects.

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  29. This year, I vow to get caught up on my review list! It's hard to go wrong with Austen and Bradbury. You should enjoy them.

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  30. Pride and Prejudice is one of my absolute favorites- still fresh and current after 200 years. I hope you enjoy it!

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  31. I love these lists because of the sheer variety of books people choose! Gonna be adding a lot to my TBR again, I think. Hope you get through the books on your list :) and happy reading!

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  32. i've been thinking about this one for a long time. . .glad i can combine the desire to get through my TBR piles on my shelves along with my Books I Should Have Read challenge

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  33. I have two Jane Austen novels on my list too... seems to be a trend!

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  34. Ohhhhh, new Jane Austen readers!! Love it. I liked P&P, but LOVE Sense and Sensibility.... Fell in love with Colonel Brandon... Hope you all enjoy them!

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  35. I hope you make more sense out of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle than I did. That book was some serious Mind Screw.

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  36. Nice list. I think I liked Norweigan Wood better than The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I can't really get into Kafka on the Shore, but I'm going to try it this year again. Enjoy Franny and Zooey; I though it was much better than Catcher.

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  37. I have not heard of most of those before, but I like that you have a list to keep track and to work towards.

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  38. I can't believe you haven't read Pride and Prejudice! I've read it at least three times a year since I was in middle school. I really hope you enjoy it. :)

    I was disappointed by Fahrenheit 451. The premise seemed awesome, but I couldn't bring myself to get into the story. Maybe I'll try again some day.

    Hope everyone enjoys the books they chose. Happy reading!

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  39. Fahrenheit 451 is also on my list as is a couple of other works featuring dystopian views of the world - not sure what that says about me ha ha! i will be interested to see if I keep my resolution given the enormity of my own reading challenge! Best of luck to everyone else in keeping theirs...

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  40. I am just joining this meme for the first time, thank you for hosting!

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  41. I am also shooting for more classics this year. I love Pride and Prejudice!

    Here is Reading Lark's list:

    http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2011/01/top-ten-tuesday.html

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  42. I love Pride and Prejudice! I hope you like it too.

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  43. Can I play? And it's even still Tuesday where I am! :)

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  44. Oh, I do hope you get to Pride & Prejudice!

    I should also read Farenheit 451. I have a copy of it, and I know it's something I would enjoy.

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  45. Pride and Prejudice is on my list too! And has been for I think the last like, 4 years. I have too many older books I've yet to read to count! I'm a day late, but I've just posted my list. This was just too good of an idea to pass up. : )

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  46. Great list! Ironically enough, I haven't read the original Pride & Prejudice either....though I am scheduled to read the newer version with zombies, go figure. Will have to investigate the other titles....but sounds like you have an interesting year in reading ahead!

    (OH...and by the way....you've also won an award over at my site! http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com/2011/01/roll-out-red-carpet.html)

    Happy reading! ^_^

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  47. I know I am a little late, but thought I would jump on the bandwagon anyway. This looks fun to do, thanks.

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  48. Way late in the game! Must do better next week. :)

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