Top 5 Wednesday: January 10, 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Books you didn’t get to in 2017 – – These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018.

So without further adieu I present my contribution to Top 5 Wednesday for the week of January 10, 2018.

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22571706Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, Christine Donougher (Translation), Robert Tombs (Introduction), Jillian Tamaki (Illustrations)

Publisher:Penguin Classics (February 24, 2015, reprint)

Print Length: 1456 pages

The Review

So, I’m just going to say this now, there is a theme for all of the books that made it onto my Top 5 list, and that is they are all hefty in page count, but I digress. Les Miséables is one of my favourite musicals of all time, which says a lot about me as a person as nearly every character dies, so it makes sense that I want to experience the book behind the musical. While I can guarantee I’ll be singing along through out the various passages that remind me of the musical, if any because I don’t actually know how much creative liberty Herbert Kretzmer and James Fenton took, I hope I can actually commit to reading this book this year, with hopes of adding Tolstoy to my TBR in it’s place.

18300262Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, Amanda Vickery (Introduction)

Publisher:Vintage Classics (October 1, 2014, reprint)

Print Length: 576 pages

The Review

As another classic, the reason this is on my top 5 is because after I close the pages of Mansfield Park I can say that I have read Austen’s entire list of works. It’s been one of my goals for a while now so I hope 2018 is the year I can finally cross this off of my book-it-list… get it…

10112885Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Publisher: Random House (August 30, 2013)

Print Length: 602 pages

The Review

I had a plan in October of last year to read Night Film given that it is pitched with nouns such as horror, mystery, and thriller, all words describing exactly the type of read that should be devoured during the fall season. And yet, as with most things that I plan, I made a hard right for all things fantasy and so Night Film sits on my TBR collecting dust. Hopefully this year sees me prioritizing this highly regarded novel.

17290747Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials by Marilynne K. Roach

Publisher: Da Capo Press (September 3, 2013)

Print Length: 445 pages

The Review

As with Night Film, I intended to read Six Women of Salem in October but didn’t really succeed in the follow through. As one of two non-fiction novels currently sitting on my TBR dealing with the Salem Witch trials I really hope to get to Roach’s approach because it has been sitting on my shelf, unread, forever and also because I eventually want to get to The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff.

11196760Summer Garden, The (The Bronze Horseman #3) by Paullina Simons

Publisher: HarperCollins (June 21 2011, reprint)

Print Length: 755 pages

The Review

I’ve been putting off reading this novel for about three years now. At the time I thought it was just because I wasn’t ready to let go of Tatiana and Alexander and their complicated and yet endearing love story but now I realize that it comes down to two things. One, I’ve let the story escape my memory for so long that I would have to read the previous two novels in hopes of rating it higher. And two, it’s a big 755 page commitment. While I haven’t set out any reading resolutions for myself this year, given that last years went oh so well (insert sarcasm here), I do want to read The Summer Garden, and all of the other books on this list, because at one point in my reading life I wanted to prioritize them.

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And those are the top 5 books I didn’t get to but hope to prioritize in 2018. Do you have any books that could fill this Top 5 Wednesday? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it!


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