Monday, November 5, 2018

TTT: Backlist Books I Long to Read

With the delightful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish moving on to other things, TTT is now hosted by just one of their contingent, That Artsy Reader Girl .  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check it out!

The topic this week is: Backlist Books I Want To Read
Which is kind of funny, because for me, it's more unusual to read books published in the past 12 months than books published before then. I read a lot more current work now as a blogger and reading teacher, but overall, I read a ton of backlist.

I'm dividing this week into two lists: the way-backiest of the backlist and the most urgent of the backlist

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe (1722)
I haven't read a lot of 18th century literature, but I used to read a lot of classics, and feel that this is one I might enjoy.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1849)
On the other hand, I have read a lot of Dickens, and I'm sure I've read parts of this, but I have no clear memory of finishing it. It seems that a Dickens aficionado should read his most autobiographical work.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1856)
I don't expect this to be FUN or anything, but hey, it is one of the original banned books.

Howard's End by E. M. Forster (1910)
I was in high school when the film adaptations of A Passage to India and A Room with a View were released, and that's how I discovered E. M. Forster. I've neither seen nor read Howard's End though, and I'd like to.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)
After a lifetime of assuming I hated Steinbeck, I was swept off my feet by Grapes of Wrath about a dozen years ago. Ever since, I've meant to give this other major work a try as well.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett (September, 2012)
I love Terry Pratchett. I love Oliver Twist. I love re-tellings. I just might love this book if I ever pick it up.

The Story of Owen: Dragonslayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston (March, 2014)
I've had this checked out from the library for months. I started it once and it was absolutely wonderful, but then I got distracted by something else. Johnston is one of those writers who moves from genre to genre with ease, and I can't wait to read this story of an alternate history 21st century Canadian dragon slayer.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (May, 2014)
Am I the only person left who hasn't read this? My mother-in-law really liked it, and I think she finds it fishy that I haven't read it yet. "Sure, you like reading, Wendy. Sure, you're a real reader."

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (October, 2014)
I own this. To make matters worse, I own it because a teacher group I'm in did a book study with it last summer. I didn't even pick it up. YET.

A Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller (December, 2014)
Oooh, I own this one too. I had some sort of gift card for ME at the bookstore, so instead of getting something for my classroom, I got something I thought I'd like--but not fiction, because I have a thing about buying myself fiction. I like books about books and readers, so, yeah, I should have read it by now.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (April, 2015)
In my defense, I thought I'd read this for a really long time, but it turns out I read Rebel of the Sands instead. Okay, maybe that's not a very good defense.

Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin (June, 2015)
A middle grade novel about a girls whose mom is in prison. I could read this in an evening. And I should. And I will. I just haven't.

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork (January, 2016)
I can't believe I've only actually read one book by the wonderfully named Francisco X. Stork, because I think of him as one of my favorites. Time to test that theory.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (January, 2016)
It's set in Portland! And it's intersectional!

Still Life with Tornado by A. S. King (October, 2016)
I'll admit I was thrown by how hard I Crawl Through It was to read. I love King's trippy, surrealistic work, but I still need a coherent plot that my tired brain can follow. I need to give this one a shot.

Are there any books on either part of my list that you'd recommend--or warn against?


  1. I still haven't read Just Mercy and All the Light We Cannot See either, and it feels like I should have at this point. I own both on my Kindle even!

  2. I didn’t know what to do for this topic because I pretty much only read backlist books. I read Madame Bovary, but it was so long ago that I barely remember it. I loved All The Light We Cannot See. It was my favorite book of the year a few years ago.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I loved All the Light We Cannot See, but I haven't read any of the others, I'll have to check them out.

  4. Still Life with Tornado was my first AS King book, and started me on my way to being a HUGE fan. I loved it! I thought the magical element was used brilliantly in that book, but King always uses that touch of magic well. I really enjoyed The Memory of Light too. The friendships and the handling of the mental health issues were done so well.

  5. How did I not know that Terry Pratchett had done an Oliver Twist retelling? This is going on my TBR immediately.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  6. I am cracking up about An Ember in the Ashes! I have not read All the Light We Cannot See, and so no, we can be the last people on earth together. I really want to read Still Life with Tornado. I read Glory O'Brien's History of the Universe and fell in love- Idk why I haven't read any others yet!


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