Christina’s Top Ten Books She Really Wants To Read But Does Not Own Yet


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Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

I love to swing by thrift stores and library book sales to find the gems that are donated… I hope to come across at least a couple of these soon to add to my shelves and start reading these books I have wanted to read, some for a while now, but don’t own yet.

  1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – First, I have to say how excited I am because we will be reading this book for our October book club pick! After Gone Girl, this book was an easy selection. Gone Girl invoked a passionate discussion as well as strong opinions about the read. When it came to my selection for a book, I was looking for a thriller/suspenseful book to fit the Halloween season, and this one jumped out at me. Can’t wait to own and read this book soon!
  2. The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara – I have read Killer Angels and Gods and Generals by Michael and Jeff Shaara. As someone who grew up just outside of Fredericksburg, VA, I love Civil War history, and these earlier books I have read from the father-son authors were a more personable side to the history tales, creating a fictional story in a significant, past event. The Last Full Measure is another Civil War based novel on the third year of the war following Gettysburg, focusing on Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.
  3. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – Shame on me for not reading these yet… I have wanted to for a while, and have seen the movies. Every time I go to pick up the series, however, I am hooked on another series! (Currently, this is the Song of Ice and Fire series; Before, it’s been re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s books or Ken Follett’s) I know these books have come across thrift shops before, so I will keep my eyes out and purchase the series soon (hopefully!)
  4. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup – I have been eager to read this book since the movie first came out in theatres. I have not yet seen the movie, and I want to wait to watch it until I have read the book. I have been recommended this book by others in my history classes, including professors, and will hopefully have this one on my shelf soon too. It is a memoir following the graphic life of Solomon Northup, a free man captured and sold into slavery.
  5. Dangerous Women by George R. R. Martin and others – I came across this book when browsing Goodreads one day. There are numerous authors who have contributed to this compilation, including Martin, amongst others. The tales of heroes and villains mixed together sounds like it will be an entertaining read to pick-up casually and read, but put down as needed.
  6. The Chardonnay Charades by Ellen Crosby – I own and have read The Merlot Murders by Crosby, and have since added the The Chardonnay Charades to my soon-to-own-and-read list. I was between this book and Sharp Objects for October’s book club read, and in the end selected the latter. The Chardonnay Charades is the second book in Crosby’s “Virginia Wine Country Mysteries” series, and is set in Atoka, Virginia. Michelle has told me she heard about the great Civil War history intermingled throughout the book… noticing a pattern yet with some of my historical books on this list?
  7. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron – O look…another historical fiction book set during the nineteenth century on my list! I have wanted to read this book for two reasons: one because the story of Nat Turner, a radical abolitionist, is one to know and understand reactions to slavery and abolition during the nineteenth century; two, because Styron is a Virginia native, and I am big on supporting local authors (and wines!)
  8. North and South by John Jakes – Ok… this Civil War theme is just ridiculous now. This book has been on my to-read since I first saw the TV mini-series that came out. The author incorporates history into this novel that follows three generations of two families who were torn apart during the great civil war of the nineteenth century.
  9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – A classical masterpiece I have yet to read… I would like to both own and read this book. I want to read this book more because it is such a classic that has left its impact in the literary world. Tolstoy focuses on the Napoleonic Wars time period in this historical fiction classic.
  10. Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal and Romance by a compilation of authors – This is another book that came across my Goodreads as one I may be interested in. Again, another bundle of short stories that I can pick up and put down at my leisure… this book seems like one I may enjoy, possibly for a book club read. The compilation follows historical romances written by numerous authors.

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