Top Ten Books I Absolutely Had To Have ‘“ But Still Haven’t Read. I saw this on Litlove’s blog and thought it was a great idea. You never know it might just spur me on to read some of these.
They are all books I was driven to buy but the impulse to read them had passed by after I bought them, replaced by the urge to read other books. I still would love to read them.
- The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning. I’ve read and was deeply engrossed in the first two of these – The Great Fortune and The Spoilt City as separate books, three years ago! At the time I wanted to read the final book as soon as possible, but I couldn’t find it published as a separate book and so a year later I bought the Trilogy including all three books. I still haven’t read the third one Friends and Heroes. The three books are a portrait of Guy and Harriet Pringle’s marriage during the Second World War.
- The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson. I bought this three years ago after I’d read and loved Crow Lake by Mary Lawson. Like Crow Lake, The Other Side of the Bridge is set in Canada, this time about two brothers in the 1930s, when their uneasy relationship is driven to breaking point.
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. The Poosionwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favourite books, so I just had to get this book. It’s so long though and I read several indifferent reviews which made me less inclined to start it – but I do intend to read it, just not yet.
- Of Human Bondage by W Somerset Maugham. I’d read a few of Maugham’s books a while ago and full of enthusiasm wanted to read this one, said to be the most autobiographical of his masterpieces. I got it for a Christmas present in 2008 andI’m still anticipating it will be very good.
- The Children’s Book by A S Byatt. I have this in hardback as I couldn’t wait for it to come out in paperback. I’ve read many conflicting reviews about how good or otherwise it is and have actually read some of it. But it’s got such a huge cast of characters and I wanted to read Wolf Hall at the same time and couldn’t cope with two such long and complicated books, so I temporarily put down The Children’s Book to read later – then other books got in the way. I’ll need to go back to the beginning when I do get back to it.
- The Shadows in the Street by Susan Hill – another book I wanted to have before it was available in paperback. This one is the fifth in her Simon Serrailler novels.
- People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. I loved March by Geraldine Brooks, which prompted me to look for more by her. This one has had good reviews all round and I have absolutely no idea why I didn’t read it straight away.
- The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bowyer. I seem to have had this book for ages, spurred on to read it by so many good blog reviews a few years ago and it’s still sitting here unread, a novel about the women who created the Bayeux Tapestry.
- The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. Well, I love Margaret Atwood’s books, so how could I not buy this one? It covers the same time period as Oryx and Crake, a book which I’d read some time ago and remembered as being one I had to concentrate on – not a book to skip through. So I thought I’d better wait for a suitable frame of mind to read this – it hasn’t arrived yet. But I do want to read this.
- The Secret River by Kate Grenville – another book I’ve had for nearly three years, inspired by other bloggers to buy it I still haven’t started it. I love books about the settlers/convicts lives in 19th century Australia. I really must read this soon.