Top Ten Tuesday: Book Goals

Top Ten Tuesday

Five books you have to read in your lifetime. No matter how long it takes you. Or a series you have to finish before you die. Absolutely.


We’re assuming “before you die” means we have (at the least) 50 or so years, right? Because if not … *stares guiltily at list below* … please cremate me with my TBR pile?

  1. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood: I’ve been saying lately how absolutely, 100% done I am with the sci-fi/dystopian genre and then I remembered I still haven’t read this series. Actually, save for a short story for a Women Studies class, I haven’t read any Atwood at all, so I guess I will go about remedying this. Someday.
  2. The Spiritwalker Trilogy by Kate Elliott: *winces* It’s shameful how I keep saying I will read this series and promptly, you know, don’t. Every time I catch a glimpse of Cold Magic on my shelf, I feel like Zuko from season one of ATLA. I want my honour back. And the only way to get it is to capture the Avatar finish this series.
  3. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth: I’ve always been curious about this book. But it’s 1500+ pages long. So.
  4. The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin: 1400+ pages. That said, apart from Cold Magic, this is the book on my list I am looking to read ASAP.
  5. The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu: Soon, my precious. *strokes cover on screen* Soon.

Nafiza goals. Where do I start and how do I stop? Okay. I can do this. I so can.

  1. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. This book is on my list for the same reasons Yash mentions and I haven’t read it for the very same reason she has.
  2. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. I’m going to read this book very very soon. I just need to finish some other gargantuan books on my list. I’m currently reading The Luminaries and that, too, is a beast.
  3. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. I’ve had this book for ages now. Since a friend bought it as a birthday gift. I do intend to read this but when I will read it is another matter.
  4. Everything Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has ever written. So far, I have only read Americanah but I own two of her other books so I should be able to rectify that very soon.
  5. Everything Helen Oyeyemi has ever written. Once again, I’ve only read one book (Mr. Fox) by this author and enjoyed it enough that I want to read everything she has written.
  6. Everything Haruki Murakami has ever written. This is becoming a theme huh? But in Murakami’s case, I’ve read 12 of the 19 titles he has written up to date so the possibility is higher that I will actually complete this goal sometime in the next few years.
  7. I also want to complete the Bloody Jack series by L. A. Meyer. I’ve read 1 and there are 11 more titles in the volume. Whee. Also the Unspoken trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan. This one seems more doable as there are only three books and I own them all.


The list below feels like a lie, because I don’t really have book goals. Long lists of books to read, yes, so many that I keep losing them. However, books I MUST read before I die? Dunno. However, here goes:

Books I discover I MUST read before I die:

  1. The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. Which means she has to finish writing them, first. *stares at MWT* *glances at Sounis* *stares at MWT* We’re dying here without more of Gen, Attolia, Eddis, Sophos, Costis, et al.
  2. The Lion Hunter series by Elizabeth Wein. Another series that isn’t completed – to my joy and impatience. In the meantime, I will have to find a way to get my hands on the short story mentioned here.
  3. Every book and short story by Diana Wynne Jones. I haven’t yet read The Skiver’ Guide or Changeover or Puss in Boots or Yes, Dear. How embarrassing. Nor have I seen any of her plays, or read the scripts. How humiliating!

Books I would very much like to read before I die:

  1. The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. *scratches head* I don’t understand how I haven’t finished this yet: I enjoy reading it while I’m reading it, and I have my very own copy (thanks, Yash!). The problem, I suppose, is that it is too good. I have to stop, reread the stanza (or page), then put the book down to marvel over the rhythm, the turn of phrase, the ideals expressed (and ponder on whether I agree with them or not). This makes for slow progress. Also, the temptation to write down passages is immense. If I compiled all the lines I’ve scribbled down on separate papers, I would very nearly have a collection as thick as the actual book.
  2. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostad. Courtly love and sacrifice, anyone? Also, I have empathy with anyone who has a long nose; I have one myself.
  3. Akata Witch and Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor. I’ve heard good things about these.
  4. Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman. On one of my ever-expanding tbr lists.
  5. The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. For obvious reasons. (Wolves.)