Getting on with some classics

List Challenges cited this list as the BBC’s top 100 books that everyone should read in their lifetime.  Goodreads Listopia explains that it’s not quite a BBC list but rather a list based on BBC’s Big Read which was a search for the UK’s best-loved novels. I took a look at both lists and was surprised that I’ve read less than one third, even factoring in those books I know I read but can’t remember and those that I only read an abridged version of.  I’m slightly horrified by this, especially as a former English Literature student!

2018 is far too short to correct this situation in any major manner, however, I will add a couple to my TBR for this year.  I figure I’ll start with three and increase if my reading load allows.  I’m putting my hat in the ring for Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and  Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres.


Have you read any of these?  Any classics on your list for 2018? Which ones?

If any of the ones I listed above pique your interest, perhaps we can consider a buddy read.  Let me know!

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      1. A tea book club sounds great. I want to get some Agatha Christie in this year too. Not sure I’d be able to finish the handmaid’s tale so quickly given other commitments for Jan already 🙈

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  1. I have read Memoirs of Geisha, didn’t like it much though. I am currently reading “The Stranger” by Albert Camus. And next, I have “Love in the time of cholera” on my list. I just got these two from the library.

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      1. 10 years! And you haven’t read it still. haha.. The Handmaid’s Tale is on my list too. Let’s see when I get the chance to read it. I haven’t heard about the other one, Corelli’s Mandolin, will check it out.

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      1. I found it! Yay! After some dedicated searching. LOL… It will be a few weeks before I can get to it, but I am looking forward to it, as I have been wanting to read this as well. : ) Thanks for the marvelous idea!

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      1. I had the thought yesterday, “Maybe I should read ‘War and Peace’.” Then that whole daunting thing settled in on me, and I ditched that idea right away. It’s the same thing that’s keeping me from reading Les Mis.

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      2. I have such a love/hate going on with Les Mis. I bought a copy years ago. Watch the gigantic thing on my shelf for a couple of years then gave it away. A few years later I chastised myself and bought it again. I cannot find it right now. It’s just so scary big. Plus I’ve seen the play twice and the movie and I cried every single time. I don’t think I’d be very happy while reading it!

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      3. Interesting… For me, I’ve only seen the movie with Wolverine and the gang, and I pretty much disliked it. But it wasn’t the story that I disliked–just the way it was told. The script and the music both fell flat with me. But, at the same time, I know that it’s a powerful and beautiful story about powerful and beautiful things, so I want to read it. If it weren’t such a bloated hippopotamus of a book, I’d have already picked it up. One of these days… one of these days……

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      4. Probably. Though I’d rather have gotten more of Epenine (or however her name is spelled) and less of Borat (and however his name is spelled, too), which, as I understand it, would be exactly the same on stage.

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      5. Don’t get me wrong–I’d jump at a chance to see the stage production. I just need to muster the courage to tackle the novel at some point. I think it’s what I’d connect with most strongly.

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