Books I Meant to Read in 2018 But Whoops!

Top Ten Tuesday Ten Books I Didn't Get To in 2018

So ….. books I meant to read in 2018 but whoops ….. Never mind Top Ten Tuesday for this topic; for me it should be Top Fifty.  But I will try to be considerate and in the spirit of not boring you to death and making your eyes glaze over, I’ll keep it to ten …… I think ……. 😉

So here we go!

  1. Crime and Punishment DostoyevskyCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  2. Moby Dick Herman MelvilleMoby Dick by Herman Melville
  3. Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor


Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son by Sholem Aleichem

  4.  The Gormenghast Trilogy Mervyn Peake

The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake

   5.  The Mysteries of Udolpho Ann Radcliffe

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

6.  Le Rêve The Dream Émile Zola

Le Rêve (The Dream) by Émile Zola

7.  Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

8.  Meditations Marcus Aurelius

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

9.  A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and a Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides Samuel Johnson James Boswell

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and a Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides by Samuel Johnson and James Boswell

10.  Mary Barton Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell


And will I actually read any of these in 2019?  Well, I can say with a certainty that I’ll read Moby Dick as Brona from Brona’s Books is having a read-along of it sometime in February and I’m joining in.  Otherwise I should finish The Mysteries of Udolpho.  A slight hope will attach to Crime and Punishment, Le Rêve (oh, Zola, how I’ve forgotten about you lately!), Meditations, and Dead Souls.  The rest …..??? Well, probably not. How’s that for honesty? 😉

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31 thoughts on “Books I Meant to Read in 2018 But Whoops!

    • The cover is beautiful, isn’t it? Can’t wait for Moby Dick! It’s been so long since I’ve done a true read-along (I’m not counting buddy reads) and I really miss them. I get so much out of a book reading it that way.

    • The guilt increased with every book I added so going past 10 was overwhelming. 😛 I often miss the TTT or WW or all the other formulaic day posts that are out there so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon today!

      • I like having them as an option and I think they are great ideas for those dead days every blogger has. Thankfully, most of the people I follow don’t do “Day of the Week” posts every week. Just occasionally. I guess today the seas shifted in their beds just right so I saw 5 or 6 all together today.

        Guilt is good. It helps keep you on the straight and narrow 😉

        • Just wish book review posts generated as much interest as these types of posts. But I guess general is better as people have more scope to chose what they connect with. If you haven’t read the book the person is posting about, it’s much more difficult to comment. I think this is why I like read-alongs so much (although I know you’re burnt out on them); everyone is on the same page so to speak.

          • Yeah, it would be nice if book reviews did that. But even I must admit that I tend to show more interest in the non-reviews. Does that make me a hypocrite? Nahh 😀

            I was hoping that this year I would get back into doing things with other bloggers. So far though, I’m just not feeling it 🙁

  1. If it’s any consolation, I think your list of “shoulda reads” is shorter than mine! Worst of all, I can’t remember all of them. 1984 and Tuck Everlasting were on there, though. 😛

    And I can’t wait for Moby-Dick in February!!

    • Could mine possibly be shorter? Considering I read about 4 books last year and planned on 50-60? I just can’t think about it. Hmmm …. I’ve never read Tuck Everlasting. Perhaps I should. And a big “yay” for Moby Dick! 🙂

    • I’m really looking forward to starting Moby Dick. I actually think I’ll get an early start this weekend. Can’t wait! Good to know about Crime and Punishment. I’ll push it to the front of the line!

  2. Oh, what an enjoyable post!
    My mind was set on fire when I read Crime and Punishment at 17, my senior year in high school. Those essays I wrote about it just blasted out of my hand. And now I’m truly afraid to reread it, because it was such an eye-opener for me back then. Such memories.
    Dead Souls I enjoyed much more recently. I read it with Katrina, a blogging friend and that improved the experience.
    I’m so interested in your other choices.
    Are they by any chance on your list for 2019??

    • I know exactly what you mean; not wanting to read a book you read years ago in case the experience isn’t as good. I love the description of your essay writing! 😀 I believe Cirtnecce and I will give Dead Souls another shot later this year; you’re right that it’s nice to have a reading partner for certain books. Tevye, Gormenghast and Le Rêve probably aren’t going to happen in 2019 but the others are possibilities!

  3. The Samuel Johnson and James Boswell one sounds interesting. I’ve never heard of it before.

    I didn’t think of reading last year, and was therefore pleasantly surprised when I was able to count my having read 18 books at the of 2018!! =))

    I hope you get to whittle this one down by the end of this year. All the best! 😀

    • I’ve heard that Boswell and Johnson is a fun read so I’m very interested to get to it. Good for you, Risa! I celebrate your 18 books with you and hope you’re able to squeeze in a few more for 2019!

  4. Le Rêve is such a quick little read and tender love story.
    You could read it in a day with plenty of te and cookies.
    Meditations,,,,sweeps you along with noble thoughts. It almost reads itself.
    Moby Dick….finished it and review next week.
    The rest of your selections….I have yet to discover.

    • I know. I’ve had such good feedback about Le Rêve. Perhaps I should try to read it for 2019. I can’t wait for Meditations. Time to get back to my Greeks! And Moby Dick, yes! I’m starting this weekend!

  5. I can’t blame you for Moby Dick. I’m reading it now, and it’s 80% exposition about whales and whaling and 20% story, it feels like!

    The Tevye stories are fun. Some of Alecheim’s tales are a little…odd, though, as if the humor didn’t quite translate.

    • Yipes! Then I hope I’m fascinated by the exposition! I think we’ll be going slowly so hopefully it won’t be too arduous.

      I’m reading The Good Soldier Svejk now and I can tell that by the time I finish it I’ll be a little tired of humour. 700 pages of comedic relief and I’ll be done for awhile! Tevye just might have to wait.

  6. Ha, that sounds like my reading year! Although I did finish Mary Barton in 2018 (at the start of the year, if I recall correctly) and found it rather enjoyable. Hopefully you’ll get to some of these and enjoy them this year!

    • I think I’m probably going to read The Mill on the Floss this year and leave Mary Barton until next but we’ll see. I hope your reading year is even better in 2019!

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