Book Bucket List

This is a list of books I’d like to read before I “kick the bucket” (so cliché I know).  I like to read a lot, but I find I never really feel like it or “have the time” (which I do, I’m just lazy).  Reading is something I’d love to get back into regularly.  I read a lot on the internet, articles and other blogs included, but novels are things that I tend to avoid.  This is something I want to do because I think it’ll be a really enriching accomplishment, and because I do really enjoy reading. 

After I finish a book, I’ll record the date and a few thoughts on the book, and possibly a rating if I think of it.  Check back often to see if I’ve added any more books, or what I’ve thought.  Any recommendations are welcome :).  Oh, and I’ve integrated a few books in there that I’ve already read.

Here’s my list, in no particular order.

  • The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
  • Make Love, the Bruce Campbell Way - Bruce Campbell
  • Eye of the Beholder - David Ellis
  • Valley of Bones - Michael Gruber
  • The Gunseller - Hugh Laurie
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • The Black Cauldron - Lloyd Alexander
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series - Douglas Adams
  • American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
  • A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee
  • Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  • Abarat 2 - Clive Barker
  • The Damnation Game - Clive Barker
  • I Drink For a Reason – David Cross.  Finished: January 15, 2011.  Rating: 4/5
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book – it was funny, and also at moments extremely smart.  I’m a huge fan of David Cross so it doesn’t surprise me that I enjoyed it so much.  It was slightly random, but in an awesome way – it was definitely my style of humour, a combination of silliness, wit, and sarcasm that David Cross does so well.  If you’re not a fan of his standup, you may not be a fan of this book, just as a forewarning.
  • Royal Assassin (Farseer Triloy Part 2) – Robin Hobb
  • Assassin’s Quest (Farseers Triloy Part 3) – Robin Hobb

 

Frank Herbert Books
Dune Series:

  • Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
  • Dune: The Machine Crusade
  • Dune: The Battle of Corrin
  • Dune: House Atreides
  • Dune: House Harkonnen
  • Dune: House Corrino
  • Dune - Finished: sometime a few years ago (I can’t remember the date) Rating: 5/5
    I really enjoyed this novel, it’s definitely one of my favourites.  If you like Sci-Fi, this is a staple for the series.
  • Paul of Dune
  • Dune Messiah
  • The Winds of Dune
  • Children of Dune
  • God Emperor Dune
  • Heretics of Dune
  • Chapterhouse Dune
  • Hunters of Dune
  • Sandworms of Dune
  • Road to Dune

Other Frank Herbert Novels:

  • Whipping Star (ConSentient Novel)
  • The Dosadi Experiment (ConSentient Novel)
  • The Jesus Incident (WorShip Novel)
  • The Lazarus Effect (Worship Novel)
  • The Ascension Factor (Worship Novel)
  • Man of Two Worlds - Finished: A looonnng time ago, when I was in high school.  Rating: 5/5
    I loved this book.  I thought it was a good combination of humour, drama, action and everything in between.  It also has some very fucked up moments.

Christopher Moore Novels

  • Practical Demonkeeping
  • Coyote Blue
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story
  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun
  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal - Finished: Late 2009 or early 2010.  Rating: 5/5
    If you have a sense of humour, this is a great book.  It’s not blasphemous for any religious folk out there, and despite my lack of faith, I found it very enthralling, and at times even spectacularly heartfelt.
  • Fluke, or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
  • A Dirty Job – Finished: April 19, 2010.  Rating 5/5
    Again, like Christopher Moore’s other novels that I’ve read, this was exceptionally hilarious.  I was a bit worried that a book about someone being Death that it would be a bit dark, or a bit unpleasant, but Moore manages to find the humour in any situation.  A definite read for any Christopher Moore fans, and a great read for anyone looking for an entertaining and hilarious story.
  • You Suck: A Love Story
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

Stephen King Novels

  • Carrie
  • Under the Dome
  • Misery - Finished: Late 2009 or early 2010.  Rating: 5/5
    If you read any Stephen King book, this is the one to read.  It involves you immediately, and it’s terrifying without the work of anything supernatural.  It also takes a deep look into human nature and the human mind.  I read this book three times within two months, each time taking less than a day to read it – it’s just that awesome, I couldn’t put it down.
  • The Shining - Finished: sometime when I was in Grade 8. Rating: 5/5
    This is one of my favourite books, and I read it pretty much once a year.  It has a lot of deep, disturbing character development that I adore, and a lot of what I find scary – so lots of suspense and mood.  A great horror novel!
  • The Green Mile
  • Pet Sematary
  • ‘Salem’s Lot
  • Different Seasons
  • Four Past Midnight
  • The Stand
  • The Dark Tower Series (at least the first one)
  • The Dead Zone
  • The Regulators
  • Thinner
  • The Bachman Books: Rage, the Long Walk, Roadwork, The Running Man
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Gerald’s Game

Philip K. Dick Novels

  • Confessions of a Crap Artist
  • The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Dr Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • A Scanner Darkly

Michael Connelly – Harry Bosch Series

  • The Black Echo
  • The Black Ice
  • The Concrete Blonde
  • The Last Coyote
  • Trunk Music
  • Angels Flight
  • A Darkness More Than Night
  • City of Bones
  • Lost Light
  • The Narrows
  • The Closers
  • Echo Park
  • The Overlook
  • 9 Dragons

5 thoughts on “Book Bucket List

  1. You know, this is a wonderful thing to do. There gets to be a point where you realize you’ll not live long enough to read all the book you want to read. If you do up a list like this, you can be focused and systematic about getting it done.

    Interesting selection, by the way. Thanks for sharing it.

    Kudos! :-)

  2. That is a long list, but it looks like you’ve got some very interesting books on there. I once tried to make a list of all the books I’ve read but I got lost. It will be nice to have a record of what you’ve read (at least from now onward).

    • Thanks for the support :) I’m sure eventually I’ll make a dent in the list, but it may be one of those things I never fully complete, as I’ll probably always have at least one book I want to read. You’re right it can be very relaxing, I’m glad I’m feeling better now so I can actually concentrate on reading :)

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