Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 5 November, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 33 Comments

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!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Tuesday Freebie!

Took a bit of thinking but I decided to go with Top Ten Books I Want To Re-Read. It’s something I was trying to do this year but will definitely do next year as there are books on my shelf that I want to revisit that either a) I don’t remember how the stories go, b) it’s been a while since I’ve re-read them, c) sequels are coming out on mass paperback soon and I need to refresh my memory, d) movie adaptations of them are coming out and I want to refresh my memory and/or e) I didn’t like the so much the first time around and would like to revisit it and see if my opinions change this time around.

In no particular order:

01. Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (review) — I read the book a few years ago after she won her first Man Booker (she recently won another Man Booker for its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies) but as you can see from my review, my reaction was fairly lukewarm. I think my expectations for it were too high and the use of present tense jarred me from truly enjoying the experience. I am curious to read the sequel so I will be revisiting Wolf Hall (don’t remember much from it anyways) and maybe my opinion will change ^_~

02. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Children of Hurin (review) — Just a little side note, this was the first book I ever reviewed online (!!!) The J.R.R. Tolkien group on GoodReads is reading it as its group read at the moment and I had been meaning to revisit it anyways so…to be honest, I’ve actually started the re-read but I’m only a few chapters in. Should keep me busy until the first of the three Hobbit movies come out next month =P

03. Yann Martel’s Life of Pi — The adaptation is coming out sometime soon, I believe, so I figure now is a good time to revisit the novel. People were amazed by it; my reaction was a bit more lukewarm towards it, not amazed per se but it was interesting enough. Maybe a second read of the novel might change my mind or otherwise.

04. Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind (review) — I read this book a few years ago and absolutely loved the story, the characters, the world. It’s taking forever and a day for The Wise Man’s Fear to come out on mass paperback (to match my copy of The Name of the Wind) but I’m hoping to re-read this book before I read the second volume to refresh my memory =)

05. Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park — I’ve managed to re-read all of Jane Austen’s works multiple times save for Mansfield Park and Emma. I actually enjoyed reading Mansfield Park the first time around, it’s an interesting and complex look at the Bertram family and it honestly inspired me to write this story a few years ago (which I haven’t edited since xP). It’d be nice to revisit this novel again =)

06. Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago — I had read this book years ago and liked it enough but ever since I looked at Pasternak’s biography and letters of correspondence for my MA thesis, I had been meaning to re-visit his novel. I also got a copy of the Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky’s translation this time around (yes, that makes it two copies in my possession =P) so I’m looking forward to seeing what their translation looks like =)

07. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera (review) — This was the first book by him that I read; read it before the movie adaptation came out (which I never got around to watching). I liked it enough but after reading One Hundred Years of Solitude and absolutely loving it to pieces, I thought about coming back to this novel, maybe my lukewarm sentiments might turn around.

08. Greg Keyes’ Kingdom of Thorn and Bones — I’ve been meaning to re-read this quartet for some time now. I had read the books a few years ago, slowly as each volume came out year after year, but I’ve never read it together without breaks. Re-reading it (but without any other books drawing my attention away) should make for a different reading experience altogether.

09. Frank Herbert’s Dune (100 things) — I first read this book (and the subsequent two after them) back in high school. It was my first foray into the science fiction genre outside of television and I absolutely loved it. I hope to finish the series some time in the near future (stopped at the beginning of four novel because summer had come and I never bothered checking out the rest of the series at the local library xp) so a revisit would be nice.

10. Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White — I’ve mentioned this to a few people a few weeks ago during TTT but I’ve been meaning to re-read this novel. I read it during my first year at grad school and absolutely loved it but never got around to reviewing the novel so a lot of the details have escaped me since…

And that’s my list this week! What theme and books did you feature in this week’s TTT? =)


33 Responses to “Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. I also would love to reread The Children of Hurin. So far I’ve only read it, and The Silmarillion, once. They were both brilliant, of course!

    Dune and The Woman in White are both on my TBR list!

    • Same here re: The Silmarillion! That might definitely be on next year’s re-read, it’s such a rich collection, I’d love re-visit the First Age again 🙂

      I hope you enjoy Dune and The Woman in White when you get to them! 🙂

  2. Oh, great idea! There are books I KNOW I’ll reread, but I don’t often think of those I’d like to reread but may take… a while… to get to. Thanks for sharing your list!

    • lol I can imagine if I re-read half my bookshelf half a year would be gone just like that =P On the other hand, it would keep me from popping out of the bookstore every week with something new…hmm..xP

  3. There are two books on this list that I’m still planning on reading for the first time- Dr. Zhivago and Life of Pi. I remember seeing the film for the former years ago and seeing the trailer for the latter made me very curious for it as well.

    I say go for it!

  4. Awesome list! Quite a few books are on here that I want to read – and haven’t read yet! Although for Wolf Hall – it’s one of the few books I couldn’t finish – and I rarely do that! But because people love it so, I’m willing to try the next book in the series.

    • I honestly don’t know how I got through Wolf Hall the first time, me reading it back then seems like such a blur. I started flipping through it shortly after the second book won the Booker and it was quite an interesting experience, I was much more drawn towards what was going this time around so we’ll see 🙂

  5. Interesting choices. I couldn’t even finish Life of Pi but I decided I will try again. It took 4 tries to finish Hobbit and now I love it so I guess I’m just slow sometimes 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • Naw, it’s understandable, I think if I revisited some of the books I either had difficulty getting through the first time around or did not finish I might be able to this time 🙂 Could just be the mind frame we were in the first time around 🙂

  6. Hi, thanks for stopping by! 🙂 I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but Life of Pi and the Children of Hurin are still on my TBR list! (I actually have a copy of the Children of Hurin, but never read it!)

    Judith @ Paper Riot

  7. I have never read The Life of Pi. Although I have been told a number of times that I should. I am unsure about the movie though.

    Great List!!

  8. Woot! Several comments…
    1. Life of Pi: I read this when it came out. My book club was reading it. I remember loving it so much. Now I can’t remember anything except where the animals came from.

    2. Mansfield Park: NOT my favorite. I have read it 3 times at least, because I never remember that I didn’t like it too much. Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favorite book that I re-read at least once/year. I have a friend who did her dissertation on Mansfield Park, and she said P&P was her favorite until she really studied MP. We still haven’t had a sit-down discussion about it.

    3. Love in the Time of Cholera: I tried. I really did. I couldn’t get into it at all. I have read other South American fiction (House of Spirits, maybe?) and I am not a fan of “magical realism.” I don’t like reading a book where I feel like I am only guessing at the meaning of things.

    4. The Woman in White: I have read it about 3 times now, and each time I forget the entire middle of the book. I always like it, though. Wilkie Collins has other books, too that I really enjoyed. He and Dickens are other favorites of mine.

    As for the others, I have heard of some and not of others. Re-read and let me know what I should add to my TBR list!

    Thanks for your comments on my blog!

    My TTT is here, in case any of your readers would like to check it out:

    • 01. I vaguely remember anything about the animals except that the tiger was named Richard, lol (wait, was it Richard?). So yeah, definitely going to have to re-read it xD

      02. That’s really interesting, I definitely do the same with my favourite Jane Austen novel, re-reading it every year (Persuasion). I can see why it might not click with readers who loved the other novels but that’s cool taht your friend did her dissertation on it 🙂

      03. Mmm, South American/Spanish novels are pretty big on the allusions/metaphors for real events thing. I personally love magical realism and guessing beyond what’s on the page (the latter whenever I’m in the mood, which is probably why I read Russian literature so sparingly despite specialising in it) but I never got that sense with Love in the Time of Cholera. Maybe it’ll reveal itself when I re-read it 😉

      04. I think I learned about Wilkie Collins through Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale but that’s so cool that Collins and Dickens were friends in real life. He definitely should be more well-known IMO. I should read his other books at some point (only read this and The Moonstone so far).


  9. I’ve read Dune twice already, but it’s such a dense and complex book, I’m always up for a re-read. I really admire your willingness to have a second go at a book you didn’t enjoy.

    I made a list of the books that make me laugh and cry

    • Aww, I try xD But yeah, the world of Dune is so amazing and complex, I’m sure it’s like re-reading LOTR where you always discover something new from the re-read 🙂

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