My Book Bucket List

There are quite a few books on my TBR that I am not in any rush to read, but that I’d like to attempt to tackle some day.  At the rate I’m going I don’t know that I’ll ever finish this list, but #ReadingGoals, am I right?

Read all the Stephen King books.  (23 completed, that I remember reading/61 works I am counting- since some of his stuff was published multiple times or in magazines and the like).  On another note: I watched the movie Pet Sematary this weekend.. It’s actually terrifying.

Read through Amazon’s list of 100 SFF Books to Read in a Lifetime (25/100 read).  I realize “Best Of” lists are totally arbitrary, but at the same time I just like checking stuff off lists, and sometimes they help push me outside my comfort zone.

Read all the Bernard Cornwell books (14/46 completed – not including his non-fiction work Waterloo)

Little House in the Big Woods Book Cover

Reread Little Women or Little House on the Prairie. The reason this is on this list is because I thought I had read one of these when I was young. As I was writing it down, it finally clicked. Little House in the Big Woods was the one I actually read. I want to re-read it because I can’t remember a single thing about it.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Read Fight Club. Finally.  I am a huge fan of this movie.  I’m worried it won’t translate as well to paper, but I feel like I owe it to the movie to try.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Read The Hunger Games. Finally.  Again- huge fan of the movie.  I think it’s probably great on paper, but I’m concerned it’s going to lessen my enjoyment of the movie.  Which is why I haven’t read it yet.

War and Peace

Read War and Peace.  Because it’s a classic and… 

Ain't Nobody Got Time For That

Just kidding. I don’t actually want to read War and Peace.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Read The Three Musketeers.  One of my favorite fantasy series: The Greatcoats by Sebastien de Castell, is a sort of retelling of The Three Musketeers, so I’d like to read the original someday.

Find something to appreciate about Dickens.  Really, anything will do.  I have attempted and failed to appreciate A Tale of Two Cities.  Suggestions are welcome.

Read all the Sherlock Holmes books.  I love the banter between Watson and Holmes.  And really I just love Holmes.  I’ve only read A Study in Scarlet thus far.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Give Les Miserables a second chance…. Maybe.  UGH.  LES MISERABLES.  I’ve always wondered if it was called that precisely because it makes the reader so miserable when reading.  (I kid… a little.)

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Read A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  I somehow was never asked to read this in middle school- but Cornwell wrote a historical fiction book, Fools and Mortals, about the writing/production of this play, which I loved and made me want to read this.

House of Danger Choose Your Own Adventure

Read another Choose Your Own Adventure book.  There was a Top Ten Tuesday awhile back about childhood favorites, and the Choose Your Own Adventure books were on that list.  It made me a little nostalgic for them and I’d like to find a new one to try.

 

And that’s it for now!  Do you have a book bucket list?  What’s on it?

37 thoughts on “My Book Bucket List

  1. Direct translation from ‘Les Miserables’ is ‘The wretched ones’ I think. I tried it but had a badly translated copy. So gave up.

    Have read every Conan Doyle Sherlock story. Absolutely loved the series.

    Get through the stack of King books is on my list. Might start a tick sheet to help my progress 🙈

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      • The Stand, Salem’s Lot, Dreamcatcher, 11.22.63, Mr Mercedes, The Shing, The Tommy Knockers, most of Needful Things (gave up on it), about 3 quarters of It (then someone spoiled the ending), The Green Mile, Under the Dome and most of ‘Skeleton Crew’.

        I know wgat you mean. That feels like a lot but I know it isn’t.

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      • 23 that I definitely remember reading. I can’t remember if I read Rose Madder or not. I thought I did- but the more I think about it the less I think I did.

        The book I’m thinking off is about a cursed mansion and the spinsterish witch that runs it. It was a great, spooky book, but I’m not sure King wrote it.

        And also- it’s so funny you don’t think Mr. Mercedes is horror! I know that’s not how they are genre-ized, but to me they are all still horror. I feel like in a thriller you don’t really know who dunnit until the end. With Mr. Mercedes I think you find out on page 1.

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  2. Wow this is pretty ambitious! 1. I read The Hunger Games books when they were released, so way before the movies, and I can tell you they are amazing. And pretty much scene for scene, except for a few differences. 2. Les Mis: watch the musical instead! 3. Have you read The Sparrow yet? OMG brilliant and sad. 4. I can’t stand Dickens and have never made it through one of his books.🤣

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    • LOL you are not giving me much hope. The only Dickens I’ve ever read I don’t think I ever finished. But he’s always held up on a pedestal so I really want to find something good about him. Les Mis is like my mortal nemesis. I haven’t read The Sparrow but I’m really looking forward to it, and I always hear good things about The Hunger Games I just really love the movie a lot.. lol.

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  3. I love this list idea! I might need to make one of these for myself and hang it in front of my bookshelf to remind me. My own list consists of tackling all of the Stephen King novels, and Jonathan Janz novels(which if you haven’t read yet- I definitely recommend)
    And as a little throwback to my childhood, I want to read the entire Fear Street series and Nancy Drew series.

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  5. I have a very large Book Bucket List! I have a whole page on the blog dedicated to it, LOL. I took several of the “best books ever” lists and mashed them up into my own version. I think yours is a great list.

    Re Dickens: I think A Christmas Carol is a good place to start. (It’s also the only thing of Dickens’ that I’ve read and actually enjoyed. I had to read several for school and never enjoyed them.) Christmas Carol is at least short, and you almost certainly already know the basic story.

    I have also been tracking how many of Amazon’s 100 books list I’ve read. At last count, I was up to 29 read and 1 DNF. I don’t actually want to read all of them, though, some just don’t interest me.

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  6. Hahahaha you are probably the only person left on earth who hasn’t read The Hunger Games. The movies are incredibly faithful to the books, especially Catching Fire, so you shouldn’t have any issues.

    I haven’t read a single Stephen King novel and I need to rectify that. I’m planning on reading Misery in October. Any suggestions?

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    • Lol- omg. Really?! Not one?! I’m honestly shocked.

      People always seem to love Misery, but my personal starting recommendation is always The Green Mile. I’ve read it twice and it’s one of my favorites (and the one I started with).

      My second favorite is Under the Dome- but I know some of his constant readers took issue with it.

      So ultimate recommendation: read one of his old ones, read one of his new ones (Mr. Mercedes might be a good fit for you since it’s meant to be a thriller, it’s less than 400 pages long, and I rarely see readers say they disliked it), and read one of his short story collections. I recommend short stories because he really does assemble a fantastic short story, and you can easily skip the ones you don’t like. But it gives you a good understanding of his writing and whether he might be for you.

      The thing with King is, he is hit or miss. I love him, but I am fully capable of admitting this. None of his books are universally loved, which is bound to happen when he puts out 2/3 books a year.

      Some readers prefer his old “slow burn” horror, and some (like me) prefer his new stuff, which seems to move at a much faster speed. Even the 1,000+ page tomes.

      Sorry long comment. And yes- I am the only human being left alive who hasn’t read The Hunger Games. I am probably also the only human being alive who has never read Harry Potter (I’m Sorry).

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  7. For Dickens, I recommend picking up A Christmas Carol during the holiday season. It’s not all that long. The other Dickens book I enjoyed was Great Expectations, but that was probably an enjoyment based on the fact that it was a college assignment, and for one class I got to read books and in another I had to learn math. Books always win. Not sure I would like Great Expectations if I tried it again.

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    • Haha- math is so boring but was usually one of my favorite classes. Simply because I never had any serious projects. Only homework. Plus I’m good at math.

      Thank you for the recs! A Christmas carol is a good idea, but Great expectations was the other one I was eyeing.

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  8. What a fun list this be! Of course now ye have me running off to see what be on the Amazon lists. One of me random lists is to read all of the 2015 John W. Campbell award finalists. Why that year? I have no idea. But it be stuck and I can’t give it up. I have all sorts of weird checklists. This reminds me that I haven’t looked at those in a while either.

    Les Miserables is fantastic if ye like long chapters about things like the history of the Paris sewer system. Which I do. It took me a week to read it where I was reading over eight hours a day. I loved it. But I don’t know that I would ever read it again. Though maybe. Lots (like all) the details have fallen out of me noggin.

    I adore Midsummer. It certainly be one of Shakespeare’s most accessible plays and is his most performed.
    x The Captain

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  9. Wow, that’s a lot of amazing books to look forward to! You’ve read soooo many of King’s book, I’m jealous! I’ve only read The first book of the Dark Tower series and need to continue that one ASAP! I personally think the Fight Club book is its own thing and is pretty good even if the movie is a masterpiece! 😀 Happy reading, Sarah!

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    • Haha- I feel sometimes like I haven’t even scratched the surface with King! I’ve been reading him for 20 years! The Gunslinger was probably not one of my favorites by him though, so if you want to try something different let me know. I have a few good recommendations.

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