Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature of The Broke and the Bookish. A full list of instructions and future themes can be found here. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre. A couple of these books I’ve begun reading but haven’t gotten back to yet.
1. Anything by James Michener. I actually have The Source, his epic about thousands of years of Israeli history, on my shelves, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. He wrote just the types of books I love most, intense historical sagas with many characters, spanning many years, telling huge, sweeping, complex stories. Nowadays, of course, it’d be hard for him to find an agent, editor, or publisher, since he’d be sure to get knee-jerk comments like “Your word count is ridiculous!” and “You didn’t write one book, you wrote five or six books.”
2. The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, by Franz Werfel. It’s on my shelves, and I started reading it a long time ago, but for whatever reason abandoned it and never got back. It’s based on the real-life story of a brave group of Armenians who resisted the Turkish genocide against their people in 1915. I remember really disliking Juliette, one of the odar (non-Armenian) characters.
3. The Winds of War, by Herman Wouk. I actually started over with this book during the summer, but haven’t read from it in awhile. In this case, it’s not so much laziness or not making the time as it is terrible binding. I got a $1 paperback from the awesome Mystery Train Records in Amherst, Massachusetts, and I got what I paid for. The 5″ x 8″ trade paperback size does NOT work well with a book of over 1,000 pages! I really need a new copy with a more realistic trim size. The other three Wouk novels I have (War and Remembrance, The Hope, The Glory) are all a more practical, normal 6″ x 9″ trim.
4. Battle Cry, by Leon Uris. As I’ve admitted, Mr. Uris wasn’t the world’s greatest writer, and was probably at best a somewhat above average writer with a good editor. He was a great storyteller and researcher, but not so much a great writer. Anyway, I found this book for free awhile ago. It’s about the Marines during WWII.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque. I’ve been wanting to read this book since I was 15, but I’ve just never gotten around to it. There are so relative few books about the WWI era anymore, but this one was written when it was still in recent memory.
6. Roots, by Alex Haley. This one’s been on my shelf for years; I have no excuse for not having read it yet.
7. The Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon. I know I should read these books, since I love nothing better than a super-long doorstopper, but the massive amounts of hype make me hang back. Almost always, I have the exact opposite opinion from the crowd, and deliberately avoid books, writers, actors, films, bands, and albums surrounded by overwhelming hype and popularity.
8. The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough. I think I have this book somewhere, but never got around to it.
9. …And Ladies of the Club, by Helen Hooven Santmyer. I was so excited to find my own copy of this book, after seeing it in the library of the Bald Pate Inn in July 2001. But I never got around to sinking my teeth into this luxuriously long town saga, set from 1868–1932.
10. The Rashi’s Daughters series, by Maggie Anton. I got the second volume, Miriam, a long time ago as a Chanukah or birthday present, but never got around to starting it. The three books are set in Medieval France, and tell the stories of the daughters of the great Talmud commentator.