November 7, 2016

Historical Non-Fiction I Want to Read

Filed under: Books, Uncategorized — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:21 pm

I just finished the love story of Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold so I am in the mood right now to read more biographies of English royalty like Empress Victoria of Prussia and her father Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (I need to remind myself he isn’t like Tom Hughes in the tv series Victoria). Also I want to learn more of women’s lives during Georgian England.


May 17, 2016

My Future TBR

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 5:43 am

I am already foreseeing a near future wherein I am no longer working. I don’t know what I would be doing but I expect to do a lot of reading. I already have a TBR lined up for that eventuality. This TBR would mostly focus on classics that I have never read and books that I currently don’t have time to pick up.

  • Leo Tolystoy’s War and Peace or Anna Karenina: If I don’t distract myself, I optimistically give myself one week per book to finish. It is time to read about Russia’s nobility.
  • Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assasin or The Robber Bride or Alias Grace: I was traumatized by Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale while Oryx and Crake made me depressed, I hope her other earlier works would be more appealing.
  • Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited: I didn’t like Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate which is set in the same time as Brideshead Revisited but my adoration for Downton Abbey has made me reconsider. I think I know the story because it has been talked numerous times but I don’t think I know at all.
  • Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons: I want to read more Russian literature and this title always come up.
  • Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: I loved Jane Eyre but hated Wuthering Heights. It is time to read the works of the other Brontes. So far I have read The Professor and Agnes Grey.
  • Elizabeth Gaskells’ Wives and Daughters: The miniseries grew on me and I would love to read the original material which was never completed by the author.
  • Stephen King’s The Stand: Post apocalyptic story before the genre became too prevalent.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Children of Hurin: We all need to know more about Middle Earth.
  • Robin Hobb’s The Tawny Man Series: I was getting into the first book but reading all three books needs a lot of time invested. I want to know more about the Fool.
  • Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and Little Dorrit: So far I have only read Nicholas Nickelby, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. I am not a big fan of Dickens but given a lot of free time it might be worth it.
  • George Eliot’s Middlemarch: If I am going to read the classics, I need to include this.
  • Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary: I tried to read this when I was in my teens, I could barely read a chapter. I need someone to give me a starting point for Flaubert otherwise it will have to be Madame Bovary.
  • Honore de Balzac’s Eugenie Grandet: Because I want to read more French literature.
  • Thomas Hardy’s Far from The Madding Crowd: I heard Hardy is depressing but hopefully the latest adaptation of this book will strengthen my resolve.
  • D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers and Women in Love: I have no idea about Lawrence, do I expect more depressing books?
  • Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome: I read Age of Innocence because of the movie and never picked up another of Wharton’s books.
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: I have a copy of this and I never read it, oopss!

There may be other books out there that needs to be included however my current TBR is still growing each week as I discover new titles.