Friday, February 11, 2011

Fantastic Five Friday!

It’s that time again: Fantastic Five Friday!! Who was bubbling with anticipation all week long? This week my Fantastic Fives are inspired by my post yesterday on the “New Classics.” A few of those books are on my to-be-read list and I really cannot wait to get to reading them, it’s simply a matter of going to the bookstore/downloading them on my Kindle and getting cracking! So that got me thinking, what are the books I’m most looking forward to reading next (I seem to talk to myself a lot)?

So without further ado, I give you Fantastic Five Friday: Five Books I Can’t Wait to Read (in no particular order)

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

I’ve already read one of Ishiguro’s books (Never Let Me Go) and I thought it was very very good. I’ve been wanting to pick another one up for some time and my mother recommended this to me. It’s about an English butler during World War II who is oblivious to the world around him and the fact that his employer is apparently a Nazi sympathizer. Sounds fascinating!

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer

Well the title really explains the whole book. This is a non-fiction one. I’ve been waiting to read this one for a while now and it’s been “in-transit” at the Chicago Public Library for about 6 weeks now. But they finally e-mailed me saying it’s ready for pick-up. Hooray! I’ve heard nothing but great things about it so I cannot wait to physically get my hands on it.

Zeitoun by David Eggers
Another non-fiction. Now this one I already do own, but since I was so busy reading other things when I bought it I lent it to my mom to read first. But I’ve heard so much about it (and since it has to do with Hurricane Katrina) I’m very excited to read it. I’ve never read Eggers’ stuff before and I’ve heard he’s fantastic. This is the story of Zeitoun, a Muslim man who chose to stay behind during Katrina to help those in need and protect his house. Then he disappeared…

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

I stole (that's such a horrible word) acquired through certain clever mean this book from my parents’ house last weekend so hopefully I’ll get to it sometime soon…ish. It’ll be my second McCarthy (already read and loved The Road). And honestly I don’t know much about it. It takes place around the Mexico border in the 1850s…and that’s about it. It’s violent…um, I’m still very on the edge of my seat to read it That’s how much I enjoyed The Road.

Villette by Charlotte Bronte

I feel I simply must read this before too long considering that Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all time. It is ridiculous that I haven’t read this one yet, in my opinion. I’ve heard mixed things. Some say it’s great and others a let down. Maybe that’s why I’ve put it off. I don’t want to be disappointed. It is about Lucy Snowe who goes to the city of Villette to teach at an all girls’ school. It’s apparently very psychological, which does intrigue me greatly so I’m hoping it doesn’t disappoint!

So that’s it. What do you think of my choices? What are your Fantastic Fives today?


Kathmeista said...

Loooove your top five. I'm dying to read Zeitoun as well. I haven't read Eggers before but I have What is the what? which we were supposed to read for book club last year but it got shuffled for some reason I forget. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these once you've finished!

Jenny O. said...

Great five! I'll be reading some of Villette this weekend.