Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Top 10 Books I Resolve to Read in 2011

I've tried to keep a formal TBR list like most book bloggers but it never quite clicked with me. Nevertheless there are books out there that I have not read and would very much like to. In addition to my other New Years Resolutions, I, E.L. Fay, hereby resolve to read the following over the next twelve months (in no particular order):

10. Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest


9. Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played with Fire

I'm in the middle of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo right now.

8. Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence, 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life

I bought this 802-page chunkster at a used book sale two years ago and have yet to crack it open. It's also been awhile since I've read a good history book.

7. Robert Hughes, American Visions: The Epic History of American Art

Another big non-fiction read. Full of wonderful color pictures since it's also part coffee table book.

6. Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

Yet another used book sale purchase I haven't gotten around too. Also, I feel like the only book blogger who hasn't read Eco.

5. Alan Moore, the complete League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series

VIRGINIA WOOLF and H.P. LOVECRAFT. Together. *plotz*

4. Arthur Machen, The Great God Pan

Another selection influenced by my love of Lovecraft. Machen (1863-1947) was a major forerunner of Cosmic Horror/Weird Fiction, the genres Lovecraft pioneered. This particular book is said to have given Stephen King nightmares.

3. William Hope Hodgson, The House on the Borderland

Yet another Lovecraft precursor. May also have influenced Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves, which is on The Wolves' reading list for October 2011.

2. Monika Fagerholm, The Glitter Scene

Sequel to The American Girl, which made my Top 10 Books of 2010 list. English translation coming out in Britain in August but I don't see anything about an American release. Looks like I'll have to order from Amazon.co.uk.

1. The books on my Top 10 Books I Hope Santa Brings list that B&N did not have.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists 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. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Don't worry if you can't come up with ten every time . . . just post what you can!


Megan Marie said...

Thank you so much :) And yes I did design the header myself. I'm glad somebody appreciates my work!!

BTW...I hope you get through the Millenium trilogy. I'm half way through the first book. The first part is the hardest but once you get past that it is really good :)

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I have Dawn to Decadence sitting on my TBR (the bottom, as it is so heavy) just like you. I've just about decided that I will never ever read this one, though I did manage to get fifty or so pages in before setting it aside. Maybe in retirement?

Anonymous said...

I am debating about resolving to read some Lovecraft in the near future. Always been in the outer orbit of my TBR list. Suggestions? Also, I've never read Eco. :)

Bailey said...

I have seen a lot of great reviews of Steig Larsson's books but have not read any of them...

Emily said...

You are not the only one who hasn't read Name of the Rose; we are the only two. :-) Maybe we can have a race to the finish!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your 2011 reading goals!

Sarah said...

THE GLITTER SCENE is being published by Other Press in August! http://www.otherpress.com/books/book?ean=9781590514207

E. L. Fay said...

Megan: I'll probably take a break from the trilogy after this first book but I will definitely be reading the whole thing. I hope Salander gets to kick some real ass!

Deb Nance: I wonder if anyone other than a few college professors has actually read that entire thing. Maybe I shall accomplish this feat.

Sarah: You MUST read "Call of Cthulhu," which is one of Lovecraft's most famous stories of all. Also, "Whisperers in the Darkness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space," and "The Dunwhich Horror" are all excellent. They're available online at Project Gutenberg.

Bailey: Well don't let the long length deter you. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo goes by very quickly.

Emily: Let me know when to begin!

Danielle: Thanks!

Sarah: Really? SWEET!

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