Top Ten Tuesday #4: Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013

(day late but I actually posted this yesterday on a different blog, just forgot to post it here)

Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013

  • The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien. Unfortunately, I have never read this yet. I’ve read The Hobbit thrice (at least), and the Children of Hurin once, but never LOTR. I may have read parts of it when I was younger, and I know that I had them read to me as a kid, but I’ve never read them, myself, all the way through. I’m going to do it this year.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin. I loved A Game of Thrones, but unfortunately I had to take a break from A Clash of Kings. They’re not light reading, and I wouldn’t consider them page-turners. They are, however, fantastic, fantastic books, and if you allow yourself to be captivated with them, they will become, in a sense, page-turners. But that means a lot of free time and little distractions. So once college started, it just became hard to get through ACoK, even though I loved it. So I’ll read these during either winter or summer break, hopefully.
  • The Circle Trilogy (“Quadrilogy”?), by Ted Dekker. My friend Katie  just sent me this for Christmas, and I’m super, super excited to read it. After I finish my Michael Connelly run, I’ll most likely read this next. I really can’t wait, and she’s awesome for getting it for me.
  • The first Jack Reacher book, by Lee Child. I’ve been interested in this series for a while, but for some reason I’ve never read one yet. So I want to start with the first, and eventually read them all.
  • The Firm, by John Grisham. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the two legal-thriller authors I’ve read (Michael Connelly and Brian Haig), and I hear Grisham is the master, so I’ve been wanting to read this for a while.
  • By Order of the Presdient, by W.E.B. Griffin. This one isn’t all that important, but I’ve had this whole series on my shelf for a while now, but I haven’t read them so I want to, and I enjoy Griffin’s writing.
  • The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum. Loved the movie, he’s the master — why not?
  • Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. Katie and several others have been telling me I need to read it, and I definitely want to before the movie comes out.
  • Open Season, by C. J. Box. I’ve had this sitting on my shelf forever now, and this author was recommended to me by Hugh Hewitt — who was the first person to recommend Vince Flynn, who is now one of my favorite authors. As such, I assume this will be good, and I’ve been interested in reading this series for a while.
  • Without Remorse, by Tom Clancy. I’ve read all of his latest novels (the ones after his nearly-a-decade-break), with the exception of Threat Vector (his latest, which I shall read very soon as it just came out a month ago), but never any of his older novels, with the exception of Patriot Games. I’ve been wanting to read the whole Jack Ryan series for a while, though.
  • A is for Alibi, by Sue Grafton. I’ve heard her alphabet series is good, and this has been sitting on my shelf for a while.
  • Have Spacesuit–Will Travel, by Robert A. Heinlein. My friend John sent me this for my birthday this past year, and he talks very highly of it. I’ve also been interested in reading it for a while, so hope to finally do so this year.
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. I’ve had this on my shelf for a while and have been really wanting to read it. I’ve just had other things I’ve wanted to read first. =P I hope to finally read it this year, though.
  • Holes, by Louis Sachar. Yep. Surprisingly, I’ve never read this. Or at least not that I can remember. Katie  gave it to me for my birthday, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, so I hope to finally do so soon.
  • Coup D’Etat, by Ben Coes. I loved his first novel, but I just haven’t gotten around to this one yet.

So obviously I went over 10, but that’s because I have so many books that I need to read, many of which I already have. Every book on this list is already on my shelf. These are probably the books I want to read most (in no particular order), out of the hundreds I have that I still need to read. For the past two years I’ve read about 60 books each year, so I’m hoping to continue that with at least a book a week, in order to keep working my way through the hundreds of books on my shelves. I didn’t include other books by the same authors on this list, but for most of those I hope to read the whole series. Maybe not this year, but at least the first book, and the rest some time.

I’m currently making my way through Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. I’m more than half way through The Drop, and then all I have left is The Black Box and I’m finally done! In these past 10 days I’ve read 8 books in this series, haha, so yes, they’re very good (unfortunately I am now on vacation, so that will slow down my streak). That would also be why I’ve been less active. =P Highly recommended, definitely. But so after I finish these, I’ll probably read The Circle, by Ted Dekker and then…who knows. That’s 4 books, and I never know what I may feel like reading after finishing a book.

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