One of my favorite Christmas gifts from 2018 was a scratch-off “100 Books Bucket List” poster. Although I consider myself pretty well read, I was disappointed that I could only scratch off 22 titles from the list. There were quite a few books that I had started and abandoned, or other titles I always meant to get to, but never did for one reason or another.
While I don’t want to abandon my existing TBR list completely to work my way through the poster, I want to read some of the classics I’ve missed over the years. I chose 10 books that I plan to cross off in 2019. In no particular order, they are:
- Frankenstein: I’ve always been fascinated by the movies and Mary Shelley’s backstory, so I am ready to give this creepy tale a try.
- War and Peace: I started this several years ago and enjoyed it more than I expected. But when I was about a quarter of the way through, I put it aside, never to return — until this year. The length is intimidating, but as somebody who lists Little Women and Lonesome Dove as her two favorites, I can handle it.
- Moby-Dick: I believe I checked this out of the library at some point in my life, but cannot remember getting too far.
- The Enchanted Wood: This is one of the few books on the list that I had never heard of, but I can’t pass up a classic children’s story.
- Diary of a Young Girl: This will probably be the first I scratch off, as I currently have it checked out of the library. I remember other classes reading this in high school, but none of my teachers ever assigned it.
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The poster included a handful of series, rather than individual books. Since I’ve read three of the books, I’m not starting from scratch. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was a childhood favorite, but I have heard the later books can be difficult to get through.
- The Old Man and the Sea: When I was in high school and college, I read a lot of Hemingway, not only in classes but just for fun, but somehow, never got around to this one.
- Notes from a Small Island: Shortly after a trip to Australia, I listened to the audio version Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country, and I laughed out loud many times.Since we’re talking about a possible family trip to the UK within the next year or two, this seems like a good time for this one.
- Watership Down: I’ve owned this book for years, but don’t think I’ve ever gotten past the fourth chapter. I saw there’s a new Netflix adaptation, so perhaps I can treat the book like prep work before watching.
- I Capture the Castle: Another one I previously checked out from the library — this one as an eBook — but it expired before I got around to reading it.
Chances are, I will abandon at least a few of these throughout the year, but perhaps when 2020 begins, I will have scratched off more of these titles than not.