Have I Read the Books I Said I Wanted to?

Since I started blogging, more than five years ago, I’ve written various posts about the books that I want to read, have on my wish list or am excited about. But have I read the books I mentioned in the past? I scrolled through the content of my blog from 2016 until the end of 2020 and discovered nine posts (there may be more) focusing on the books that I had on my wish list back then. For the purpose of this post, I decided not to take into consideration the posts that I wrote this year, since not enough time has passed to make me wonder why I may not have read certain books yet.

 

“Huge Books on My Wishlist”

In the summer of last year, I wrote a post about the massive books I was planning to read. Although I’ve picked up all of the four books that I mentioned on that post since then, I didn’t finish reading all of them. I’m currently reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and became very fond of Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb. But I ended up DNFing The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy early on this year.

 

“Books in Portuguese to Read This Year”

In 2020, I put together a list of six books by Lusophone authors that I wanted to read during that year. I’ve read in their entirety three of those books (not all within the time frame I had set) – O Irmão Alemão (My German Brother) by Chico Buarque, Quatro Contos Dispersos by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Gaveta de Papéis by José Luís Peixoto. I also started reading Lillias Fraser by Hélia Correia, but decided not to finish it. I still haven’t read A Maçã no Escuro (The Apple in the Dark) by Clarice Lispector and O Quase Fim do Mundo by Pepetela.

 

“Read in Translation, Want to Read the Original”

Also last year, I wrote a post about the three books by English authors that I had read in Portuguese, but that I was eager to read in the original language. I’m glad to say that I’ve now read in English Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and Atonement by Ian Mc Ewan.

 

“Books I’m Waiting for in Paperback”

I’m a fan of books in paperback. Not only are hardbacks more expensive, but they are also too heavy and tend to have infuriating dust jackets. So, I was not surprised to recall that I had written a post in 2019 about the books I was waiting for in paperback. From the four books I mentioned, I read three – The Confession by Jessie Burton, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and Lanny by Max Porter. I still haven’t read Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson.

 

“2018 Releases I Want to Read… Next Year”

In 2018, I was also already thinking about the books that I wanted to read in the following year. From the five books on that post, I finished reading two (The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar), I decided to DNF The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and The Parentations by Kate Mayfield, and I’m not interested in reading The Pisces by Melissa Broder any longer.

 

“Christmassy Books on My Wish List”

The festive season is always a great time to curl up with a book. I don’t tend to read many books specifically about Christmas, but in 2017 I came up with a list about some that had caught my attention and that I was planning to read. So far, I’ve read two of the five books that I mentioned – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson. I still haven’t read Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas edited by Arian Sherine. Since then, I’ve lost interest in reading Murder on Christmas Eve: Classic Mysteries for the Festive Season, so it’s not on my wish list anymore.

 

“Books I’ve Been Delaying Reading”

In 2017, one year after I started blogging, there were already books that I had been meaning to read for ages. From the five books I mentioned on that post, I’ve only picked up one, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, which I DNFed at the beginning of this year. I still haven’t read A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

 

“Reading More Book Series”

Reading book series is a great commitment as, more often than not, they consist of a high number of instalments. In 2017, I wrote a blog post about the first books in various series that I was planning to read. That list featured seven books. From those, I’ve read three – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan and Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I have even finished reading the book series that the last two books are part of. I haven’t read The Lies of Lock Lamora by Scott Lynch and The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers yet, and I’m not interested in reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and Sleeping Giants by Slyvain Neuvel anymore.

 

“Graphic Novels, Comics and I”

I’ve always been ambivalent about graphic novels and comics, so it’s not surprising that I’ve only read one of the six that I mentioned on a post in 2018. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll was the last graphic novel that I read in a long while. I still want to read The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isobel Greenberg, The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Bryan Talbot and Mary Talbot, Irmina by Barbara Yelin and Illegal by Eoin Colfer at some point in time. On the other hand, I’ve lost all interest in Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

 

On the aforementioned nine posts, I listed a total of 45 books. Of those, there are 15 I haven’t read yet but that I still want to read at some point in time. Which do you recommend? Tell me in the comments!

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