30 Day Book Challenge – Day 23

Today’s prompt: A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t

I think I have to bust out my old booklist from 2007… let’s see…


1. Hitler, The Germans, and the Final Solution – Ian Kershaw
I went through a Third Reich obsession from 2007-2009 and to some extent, I am still obsessed. Kershaw is one of my favorite history authors.
2. Jesus, Interrupted – Bart Ehrman
This book is about the contradictions in the Bible. I’m a Christian and always will be, but I find it interesting to see how others interpret the Bible.
3. The Anxiety of Influence – Harold Bloom
Harold Bloom never ceases to fascinate me. His literary criticism is far out and brilliant.


1. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
A cult classic, and very different in terms of typography and narrative. This book is supposed to be a spooky thriller.
2. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
It’s a “fanfiction” of Jane Eyre, told from the perspective of Mr. Rochester’s insane wife.
3. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Everyone raves about how wonderful this book is. I want to see exactly how wonderful it is.

So… has anyone read any of these?

8 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge – Day 23

  1. I’ve read The Great Gatsby.
    Not on my Top 10 List . . . but worth a read.

    I’ve heard of Wide Sargasso Sea, but didn’t realize it was a fanfiction of Jane Eyre.


  2. I’ve read The Great Gatsby. Either it isn’t so great, or I was too young at the time. I was in high school, and it was one of my father’s summer reading assignments. I haven’t read it since.

    The book I’ve wanted to read but haven’t (so far) is Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon. I bought it the day it came out and read the first 200 pages, but it didn’t grab me (and I was getting tired of lugging it around — it’s over 1,000 pages). It’s the only Pynchon novel I haven’t read (and I’ve read the others more than once, some of them many times), so I’ll get to it eventually. Some of the others took a few tries to get going, too.

    If only it was available for the Kindle…


    • Speaking of Pynchon, I finally read The Crying of Lot 49 about a week ago and it was all right. I enjoyed the quirky characters and the interesting romp through history, but overall, I’d have to read it over again to get some of the finer points. I might try another of Pynchon’s novels.


        • I thought TCoL49 could easily have been stretched out into a much longer book – that would have made all the historical information less rushed. But if it had been longer, I don’t think I would have had the patience for it. Odd.

          I’ll try Inherent Vice next time I go to the library. It seems interesting.


  3. I’ve read The Great Gatsby. I think it was ruined for me because I had to analyze it six or seven different ways in my Literary Criticism class.

    The Wide Sargasso Sea has been on my to-read list for many years now.


    • The sad thing is that too much literary criticism will sometimes suck the life out of a work, rather than illuminate it.


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