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The Next 5 Novels Will Be…


Well I’ve done it. I’ve gone and picked up my copies of the next five novels I’ll be reading from the Time list.

Dare I say we’re getting close to the homestretch here? I’m currently working through my 69th novel, Possession. The numbers tell me that my next five novels after Possession will be 70 through 74.

You’ll notice that The Lord of the Rings is included in this batch. Yes, The Lord of the Rings. All of it. I’m estimating I’ll start that one in early June. So with its hefty length, The Lord of the Rings is just asking for some kind of summer read-along. I’ll oblige. More to come on that in the next few weeks.

So here are the next five novels that will likely take me well into summer, listed in no particular order.

The Lord of the Rings: As I said, I plan on timing this one up to start in early summer, so it will likely be the last novel I read from this batch. Summer read-along anyone? I’ll come up with a plan for that and post more about it in the coming weeks.

The Death of the Heart: Hello Elizabeth Bowen. This will be the first time I’ve read anything from Bowen. The Death of the Heart is a 1938 novel, set between the World Wars, about a 16-year-old orphan girl.

Red Harvest: Haven’t heard of it, but in just a few minutes of reading about Red Harvest by Dashell Hammett, I’m very intrigued. Apparently the novel has influenced the Coen Brothers.

The Sportswriter: I don’t gather that The Sportswriter has a lot to do with sportswriting, but the title intrigues this sports fan. The novel, written by Richard Ford, is the story of a novelist-turned-sportswriter and the grief he deals with after his son dies.

Appointment in Samarra: Another novel I’m unfamiliar with except in name. Written by John O Hara, Appointment in Samarra has actually been compared to The Great Gatsby. It’s about the slow self-destruction of a member of the social elite in small-town Pennsylvania.

So that’s what I’ve got this time around.

Stay tuned for these novels after I’ve finished Possession.

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  1. Brandon #

    Summer read-along! I’m game.

    March 19, 2014
  2. Ditto ^^ Lord of The Rings is on my never-ending to read list and I don’t have the motivation to do it solo!

    March 19, 2014
  3. Yay for Lord of the Rings! I’ll probably read it with you as I’ve just added a re-read to my nine months left for a 30 under 30 list.

    March 19, 2014
    • Cool project.

      March 20, 2014
  4. Totally down for a Lord of the Rings read-a-long! Would be the perfect summer project. Happy continued reading!

    March 19, 2014
  5. Denise #

    Most of those sound depressing per usual. (death of the heart, dealing w son dying etc…) I’m excited to hear what you think of LOTR, those are the only ones up next that I’ve read. I loved them! I hope they make you want to put on your boots, grab your walking stick and go for long treks in the world.

    March 19, 2014
    • I’ve come to expect depressing and enjoy the pleasant surprise when it isn’t.

      March 20, 2014
  6. Dinara #

    Good luck with the LOTR! I tried to tame that beast years ago with little success.

    March 19, 2014
  7. I actually have a copy of the LOTR trilogy that I’ve been meaning to read! I might take you up on that offer :)

    March 19, 2014
  8. Sissy #

    Best of luck with Lord of the Rings. I just finished it earlier this month, actually. It took be about 6 months!

    March 19, 2014
  9. Supposedly Red Harvest was made into a film three times – the first was Akira Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo”, the second was Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars” starring Clint Eastwood, and the last was “Last Man Standing” starring Bruce Willis. I haven’t read the book yet, but I’d like to.

    I love LOTR. A read-along would be a lot of fun!

    March 19, 2014
    • Interesting. Good info for a future post. Thanks!

      March 20, 2014
  10. Vee #

    A read along sounds fun! I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on this.

    March 19, 2014
  11. Sounds like you have some awesome reading ahead of you. All of those writers are writers I like.

    March 19, 2014
  12. theartisticpackrat #

    I read all the Lord of the Rings in high school. A tough series of books to get through at times, but when it’s good, it’s pretty darn good. You might have to slog through certain sections, but slog through. It’s worth it. I would participate in a read-along if I didn’t have tons of other stuff to read at the moment. Best of luck, though. I’m curious if you’ll read the appendices at the end of Return of the King. I didn’t but that was partially due to time commitments back in high school.

    March 19, 2014
  13. Yeah LOTR! I’d love to read it again this summer. I’m currently finishing up Narnia and then planning on tackling the Silmarillion and then I’m planning on rereading LOTR again with a deeper history of Middle Earth. Can’t wait to hear what you think about it. I agree with theartisticpackrat, there are a couple of times where Tolkien goes into way more detail then I need about things and in those moments I had to just push through, but when its good (and it usually is), its life-changing good.

    March 19, 2014
  14. Haven’t read Death of the Heart, but I enjoyed all the rest. Hope you do too!

    March 20, 2014
  15. lindy lee #

    Hi! Still working on reading my top 100 list as well. :-) I’m currently reading Appointment in Samarra and really enjoying it! I can’t help but feel for the main character who is definitely ruining his own life! Can’t wait to see what you think of this one.

    March 21, 2014
  16. Talia Trackim #

    The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book! Enjoy!

    March 21, 2014
  17. Brian #

    I think you’ll love Appointment in Samarra. It’s superficially like Gatsby but really reminds me more of Tom Wolfe as a portrait of a time and place (but with much greater economy). Despite the plot it’s more funny than depressing.

    March 21, 2014
  18. I love LOTR…a read-along sounds like a great excuse to dust it off and read again!!

    March 23, 2014
  19. Reblogged this on Uniqua's Blog: A Sweet Escape and commented:
    Something interesting that I found from another blog for all you the reader’s out there!

    March 26, 2014

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