Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is:
Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list...
The Decameron, by Boccaccio.
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov.
The Rainbow, by D. H. Lawrence.
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of
a Justified Sinner
, by James Hogg.
Jean Santeuil, by Marcel Proust.
The Magus, by John Fowles.
Notes From a Dead House,
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
To The Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf.
The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie.

This list is a bit of a mix of my Classics Club list (Satanic Verses, The Magus, The Rainbow, and Fahrenheit 451), books I've been meaning to re-read (To The Lighthouse and Lolita), a read-along book (The Decameron), one for the Russian Literature Challenge (Notes From a Dead House, perhaps better known as The House of the Dead), and two that have caught my eye recently (Jean Santeuil and The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner).

I'm so excited for the summer! I'm aiming to do lots of reading, and my major challenge will be to complete my Classics Club list so I can have a brand new list for the autumn. Hopefully I'll be able to read one or two others along the way...

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  1. Glad to see The Decameron at #1! ;-)

    Ooo, The Rainbow makes me shudder; I don't know why? I have The Private Memoirs and Confessions ….. on my "maybe I'll grab it and read" pile. The Satanic Verses doesn't interest me but perhaps you can change my mind. I'm apprehensive that it will not live up to the hype.

    Well, I think I'm going to come to Northern England, because obviously you get much, much, more time to read than I do. :-) Especially lately I've been so busy that I feel I don't have time to read anything. Thankfully last weekend slowed down and this weekend should be good, before the pace picks up again. Finishing a book now, is a call for celebration. I don't like that feeling.

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    1. Actually, all this reading is down to my foot still not being fixed - remember I told you ages ago? The problem (whatever it is) is still going strong, so I'm not getting the chance to do a right lot other than read! Trying to turn a negative into a positive by focussing on my Classic Club list this summer :) Even so, do wish it was fixed. 4 months is a long time not to be able to walk properly. Getting a bit miserable about it, but trying to let myself get too downhearted about it.

      The Rainbow - I was dreading it until I read Sons and Lovers a few months ago, and I really enjoyed that, so I have hope for The Rainbow :D And I feel the same way about The Satanic Verses, but it's on my Classic Club list! Why I put it on when I didn't want to read it I'll never know...

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    2. Seriously? You're still laid up? That's rotten! I hope you can find someone to help you get it better. Books, as wonderful as they are, are no substitute for the ability to walk easily. I can certainly imagine your frustration!

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    3. Yes, the saga continues! It does look a bit better than it has done for a while, I'm *hoping* that it's starting to turn a corner. Got a new cream for it, expected to take six weeks to work, and I've still got another three weeks to go. I'm hopeful, though, I think I can see a difference :)

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  2. Wow, that's an impressive (and slightly scary list). Right now I'm reading Moby-Dick and I've already finished The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, so if I complete both, I'll feel very accomplished. Maybe I'll pick some more relaxing reads for the rest of the summer. I haven't read The Rainbow but I quite liked Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley's Lover, to my great surprise. I look forward to reading about The Rainbow.

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    1. I really liked Sons and Lovers, a surprise for me too as I HATED Women in Love!

      And yep, it is a scary list. I am scared of most of them! :)

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  3. I've read the books by Hogg, Bradbury, and Rushdie. My favorite is Hogg's Justified Sinner (I wrote a book review on the one.) I have downloaded all of Hoggs books on my Kindle now. I look forward to reading more of his. I haven't read the one by Dostoevsky. I need to because he is one of my favorite authors.

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    1. I'm really looking forward to Hogg! I hadn't heard of him until I came across the Penguin English Library.

      Dostoyevsky's one of my favourites, too. I'm reading his novels and novellas at present, and though I'm sort of nearly finished I don't feel as if I am because I want to re-read so many! I think my favourite is Brothers Karamazov, but I do love The Idiot as well :)

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  4. What a great list :)

    It contains some classics that have been staring at me from my shelves for quite some time, so I'll be looking to your reviews to see if I should plunge into them.

    I've been meaning to read more Dostoevsky (love your challenge) Woolf and Nabakov as well, but Proust will have to wait a few weeks. I'm still not entirely recovered from In Search of...

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    1. I'm not sure if I'm recovered enough either, but at the same time I can't help but wonder if Jean Santeuil is everything I hoped In Search of Lost Time would be. I think I'm hoping to feel less disappointed in Proust when I read it.

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  5. I have been considering adding Lolita to my TBR list someday, so I'll be waiting to see what you think.

    BTW, I love all of the classic book covers you have found, including the ones you have pinned to Pinterest. I decided to add a board just for book covers I like.

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    1. Thank you, and I have you to thank for Pinterest! I really love it, so much fun! :)

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  6. What a fantastic Lolita cover. But they're all amazing, aren't they?

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    1. Aren't they? There really are some awesome ones! :)

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  7. I just discovered George Gissing, so my summer's going to involve his books. I also want to read The Downfall by my beloved Zola.

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    1. I'm yet to read Gissing, but one of the ones I've got (The Netherworld) is described as very "Zolaesque" - do you think that's true? I must start reading some of his work so I can find out myself! :)

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  8. What a wonderful summer reading list. Oh, how I LOVE Lolita and Fahrenheit 451. Two of my favorites, for sure. I'm even wearing a Fahrenheit 451 t-shirt today!

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    1. I'm actually saving Fahrenheit 451 til last - I think it may well be the one I'll like the most out of what's remaining, and I really don't want to the last book of this list to be a miserable experience - I want to finish Classics Club I on a high (before starting Classics Club II, of course, can't wait to make that list!).

      And yes, Lolita is awesome. I have very strong opinions on it!

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