Tuesday, August 30, 2011

TTT - To-Be-Read List for Fall

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is, "Top Ten Books that are on the top of my TBR List for Fall!"

I've decided to go a bit classic time of the year. Catch up on all the famous literary works that I should have read by now, and a bit of serious-ish fiction that is lying around on my TBR pile for just too long. I need a break from fantasy fiction. I generally referred to the Wikipedia "100 Classic Book Collection" to pick out my classic reads.

Here are my top ten fall reads: (in no particular order!)

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - When I read Dracula, I actually wanted to read this one. But I read Dracula instead and never got back to Frankenstein. So this one has been on my TBR list for a really long time, just dying to be read.

2. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by R. L. Stevenson - It's crazy that I haven't read it yet and more so because I have wanted to read it for as long as I can remember.

3. Time Machine by H. G. Wells - I can't say exactly why, but I think I will (most definitely) like it.

4. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain - I completely adored The Adventures of Huck Finn. So, I can't wait to get my hands on this book.

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - I have heard much too much about Heathcliff, so I want to read this more out of curiosity than anything else. I am just hoping to avoid a Jane Eyre fiasco!

6. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger- Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of Catcher in the Rye, I do want to read this one. I have read too many good reviews not to!

7. The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Guevara - I have been recommended this so many times, I have lost count! I do want to read it though - it should be one of the firsts on the list!!

8. The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald - I am guilty of reading this only halfway through. I loved it though, so I do want to finish it!

9. Perfume by Patrick Sueskind - Another recommendation, though I am still not sure I want to read it - maybe only when I run out of all other options (which is another way of saying probably never!)

10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - That would be "New York, New York" and oh.. "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" :) I haven't read many Charles Dickens books since I was a kid, I want to start by reading this!

What are your fall reads?

14 comments:

Anne Bennett said...

Wow. A lofty list! Good luck with this one.

-Anne
My Head is Full of Books

Dani said...

Yay for the classics! A Tale of Two Cities is on my list as well. I've read Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights several times for classes and liked them both quite a bit.

Priya said...

Anne Bennett - I know what you mean; it's kind of overly ambitious! But I have four free months and it's not like I'm going to finish all of them, anyway!

Dani - I'm reading Frankenstein right now and loving it, and I hope to like the rest! Thanks for stopping by :)

Risa said...

Oooo! A list I understand! Hehehe...

I'm trying to pluck up the courage to read the first two on your list. I doubt I ever will. I generally can't stand horror (yet I read Dracula!!). I began A Connecticut Yankee etc, a few months ago, but since it was an ebook I lost patience with it. I'm looking to get myself a hard copy. I'll looking forward to your review on it.:)

Wuthering Heights - Whew! I never liked it. But, having read a few insights into the novel (besides the horrendous love story), I figured I'd give this novel one more try sometime...in the near future...I hope....

A Tale of Two Cities - read it this year, and loved it! I must admit, though, that while the 'story' itself did not particularly grab me, it was the whole setting and he depiction of the French Revolution that had me all fired up.:D

The Great Gatsby - Was surprised to learn how much I read liked and appreciated it!

Have a lovely time reading this list!!:)

Dorothy A. said...

Wow, that's awesome that you're reading a lot of the classics. I need to do that myself. It's refreshing to see a list that is not dominated by YA novels.

New follower here! :)

MJ said...

Oooh, some of these are perfect spooky Halloween type reads. Looks like you're going to have a fun fall!

My list is here, if you're interested.

Laura said...

You have so many books I love to read this autumn! Frankenstein is amazing, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is short but packed with loads of good stuff, Wuthering Heights is just AWESOME (although a bit difficult to get into at first) and The Great Gatsby and Perfume, ditto! I'm sort of kind of jealous of your list actually!

Vishy said...

Wonderful fall reading list, Priya! From your list I have read 'Frankenstein', 'Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde', 'The Great Gatsby', 'Perfume' and 'A Tale of Two Cities'. I loved 'Frankenstein' not really for the horror, but for the things that the beast says and the philosophy that it expounds. It is amazing that Mary Shelley wrote this book when she was just nineteen! I had a book which was an omnibus edition and it had 'Frankenstein', 'Dracula' and 'Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde' and it had a foreword by Stephen King :) One of my cousins borrowed it and unfortunately she didn't return it back. I read 'Perfume' last year and loved it for Süskind's beautiful prose which evokes so many fragrances so delicately and masterfully. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on all these books. Happy Reading!

borkadventures.com said...

Excellent list!!! A few of these I have read and all of the others I have simply bought and haven't read yet. But, I mean to!! I'm supposed to be reading Perfume, as it was loaned to me by a friend, but I can't find it! It's supposed to be very good! I hope you write about these books on your blog- I'll be interested to read your commentary.
-Mandy

Harish said...

I am planning to read Great gatsby. Before or just after reading Motorcycle dIaries, I would recommend watching the movie. Both are quite different from each other perspective wise, but gives a complimentary experience.

Btw another book that I want to read is called Zorba the Greek, by kazantzakis. Such a popular book but no copies in any libraries that I can get in. Seems I may have to spent some hard earned money.

Priya said...

Risa - Hey, thanks for stopping by!! I have to tell you, I'm not even close to being done yet, but Frankenstein is a great book! Not just the horror, it's actually very beautifully written - quite unlike the many television versions of Frankenstein might seem!
That horrendous love story you're talking about is giving me doubts about reading Wuthering Heights; but never judge till you read, right?
I hope I'll like A Tale of Two Cities and The Great Gatsby as much as you did :) Thanks for the advice and insights!

Laura - I was in a bookstore for hours one day I sat and read quite a lot of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but I didn't have any money on me so I couldn't buy it! It was so short, but I didn't finish it, and I'm dying to buy it ever since! Thanks, I hope I like all those books too!!

Vishy - I know what you mean about Frankenstein; it is not just the horror element that sets it apart! It is written so wonderfully. To be nineteen and write such a book, and to conceive the idea in a dream - Mary Shelley must have been amazing! Wow with those three stories and Stephen King, that sounds like one hell of a book!! I wasn't so sure about Perfume because I don't even remember who recommended it to me, but if it is so nice, I'll change that "probably never" to "some time soon"! Thanks for stopping by :)

Priya said...

Borkadventures.Com - You should read them too. I only hope that doesn't happen with me, I am concerned I might give up this whole thing and revert back to fantasy before I know it!! If ever I finish reading all ten, I do plan on writing my thoughts!

Harish - I think you were one of the many people that recommended the Motorcycle Diaries... I think I'll watch the movie after I read the book, though!
There's hardly anything better to spend money on, is there? Besides, you've at least got some libraries, where I like the only libraries have books in the regional language!

LBC said...

There are some really good picks on this list. I love Franny and Zooey, and Gatsby, of course. Connecticut Yankee might be my favorite Twain, although I love Puddnhead Wilson as well. I'll be rereading Frankenstein this fall, which is also a great joy.

Come check out my list for the week here.

Priya said...

LBC - Hi, thanks for stopping by! I guess I'll need to add Puddnhead Wilson to the list as well; I can't get enough of Twain's humour. Frankenstein is a really great book too :)

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