Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2011

Sakura last days here...The Broke and the Bookish have a meme called Top Ten Tuesday.  I really love to read these lists when they come out.  I can’t even pretend that I will be able to participate every week –  I am notoriously bad with memes – but this was a list that I was going  to make for myself anyway, so it makes sense that I am making a go of it this week.

  1. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson – It’s on every list, everywhere and I bought it because I really wanted to read it, and then about a million other things happened.  This year, I will read this book.
  2. Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys –   Jen and I read Jane Eyre for What’s Old Is New, and I am just so against the way Bertha Mason was treated.  I want to read her take on things.  I bet that ol’ Rochester drove her crazy!
  3. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott – I have been feeling the itch to re-read this for awhile now. I hope that it will still be a great love of mine by the time I finish.  I read An Old-Fashioned Girl last year and I could barely stand to be in the same room with it.
  4. Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, by Natasha Solomons – A friend of mine has been recommending this since before it even came out.  I’ve got to see if she is right about it.
  5. Magic Kingdom: For Sale –Sold!, by Terry Brooks – I have been tentatively dipping my toes back into some of the genres that I read growing up.  This one is fantasy and I remember loving it then, and reading several other books by the author. Now I want to see how it holds up and if it’s a genre I will start re-visiting more often.
  6. Native Son, by Richard Wright – I can vaguely remember seeing fragments of this movie and asking my mother to explain the circumstances around Bigger killing the girl, and being too young to understand why people would not have accepted that it was an accident.  I have been intrigued ever since, and I wonder why it has taken so long to getting around to it.
  7. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett – I started watching the movie, but had to immediately stop because I wanted the richer experience of reading the book.  I am 400 pages in, but I am reading a bunch of heavy tomes this year, so I want to make sure I get back to it.
  8. Angel & Apostle, by Deborah Noyes – The Scarlett Letter was not one of those classics that I warmed to, but I find the storyline interesting.  This book explores some of Hester’s life not explored in the classic.
  9. Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling – Might be the last person in the world to read these.
  10. The Women of Brewster Place, by Gloria Naylor – Another movie I was too young to remember or understand.  I guess this is the year.

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  1. I’m impressed that you were able to stop watching Pillars of the Earth…I loved that series! I was roped in within a few minutes and no-one could have pulled me away!

    1. I think I may have watched two episodes, but I don’t really know that time period, so I had all of these questions. I have been trying to match my book reading with the episodes. I think I am about even now.

  2. I definitely want to read some of the books from your list too. I think Helen Simonson is going to be in town doing a reading later in the month so I’m hoping to go see her and get the book too 🙂

    Good luck with your reading plans!

  3. That’s a great list of books to read. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing this as well, but I failed miserably last year at my list, so I’m wondering if I psyche myself out by listing them….

  4. Excellent choices! I’d LOVE to read Major Pettigrew. I don’t believe I have read Little Women since I was little great memories with that book. I have not read Jane Eyre yet, but that’s one of my musts for this year before the new movie comes out – hopefully. You are not the last person to read the Potter books I promise. Although I felt that way when the books for Deathly Hallows came out. I can’t wait to see what you think of them. 😀

  5. Pillars of the Earth is one of my top books ever. I read it probably close to 18 years ago, but I still remember how it just sucked me in and lit my mind on fire. I was actually in England when I read it, which was an amazing experience. And absolutely you must read Harry. If you want two tons of fun, listen to the audio.

  6. What a great list of books. I want to read Wide Sargasso Sea and Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English this year. I’ve read Pillars of the Earth (well, I listened) and it was just amazing. I can’t wait to hear you take on the books you’ve chosen.

  7. What a great list, and a great idea. I will have to give this some thought. I don’t usually plan out my books in advance, although I’ve just started a book group and we have 9 books on our list. Love your blog–I’ve added it to my blog roll!

  8. I love your list! I have a huge list of books I wish I read in 2010. I should really narrow down that list to 10…it might make it a whole lot less intimidating!

    I was interrupted while reading Mr Rosenblaum Dreams in English, but I really enjoyed what I read so far. I’ll have to finish that one soon! But you have a few of my all-time favorite books on your list – Harry Potter, Pillars of the Earth, and Little Women.

    Happy Reading, you have a wonderful line up!

  9. I feel like I should be resolving to read ten books, but really I wouldn’t have the foggiest idea which books to pick. There are so many I want to!

  10. Of these I have sadly only read #6. I look forward to reading all about what you think of these and hope you enjoy them.

  11. Wonderful TBR list, Nicole! Hope you enjoy reading these wonderful books! I can’t believe that you haven’t read ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ 🙂 Is that really true? 🙂 It was nice to see Natasha Solomons’ book on your list. I can’t believe that they have changed the title, in the American edition, from ‘Mr Rosenblum’s List’ to ‘Mr Rosenblum dreams in English’! Why do they do that? (Which title do you like more?)

    Happy New Year! Hope you enjoy reading all these books and have a wonderful Reading Year! For my part, I will visit your blog more often and read your wonderful posts and comment on them 🙂

  12. I have been meaning to read Ken Follett for years but it hasn’t happened yet! I do thoroughly recommend both Mr Rosenblum Dreams in English and Major Pettigrews Last Stand