Today the gals at The Broke and Bookish Blog asked us to make our Top Ten Tuesday about books from a specific genre that we have added to our TBR! This is a really fun challenge because there are so many genre’s out there that all the lists will be incredibly unique. My TBR is all over the place so I decided to do this week’s challenge about Foreign Translated Books on my TBR.
I’m a sucker for a good translated book, and recently I’ve been eyeing them like crazy–there is something truly magical about reading a book that was written in a different language. The real beauty here is that books are so unique and yet so universal that even when they jump from language to language the ideas and the philosophies can be understood and discussed–ah, the beauty of words.
Every time I look at the beautiful turquoise copy of War and Peace on my bookshelves, my desire to read it grows stronger–what’s stopping me? Well, it’s over 1,000 pages long, that’s what. However, I’ve recently become addicted to the new broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812” which is about one of the love stories woven within this massive book. It has made me determined now to pick it up and read it!
2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I don’t know much about this book aside from the glowing reviews and the amazing cover. I’m really looking forward to reading it!
3. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
When I heard this book and it’s sequels were similar to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I was sold! I just got it on Audiobook for my trip this weekend, and I’m so excited!
4. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
I have read very few books translated from Italian, and I’m looking forward to seeing the difference in styles, especially compared to old French writers.
5. Laurus by Evgenji Vodolazkin
This is probably my most anticipated read of this year. This is a newer book, but is said to resemble Russian classics in style, philosophy, and complexity.
6. We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen
This one also had some amazing reviews, plus the description looks so intriguing!
7. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo
I’ve been meaning to read more Victor Hugo, and I added this one to the list mainly because I had never heard of it before. It looks beautiful.
8. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
This is apparently a book everyone needs to read, and I’ve heard it’s a literary beauty.
9. The Emigrants by Vilhem Moberg
This is a story of a Scandinavian family who immigrants to Canada. I love these types of stories and I’m interested in reading this series and hear their story!
10. The Big Green Tent by Lyudmilla Ulitskaya
Surprise! Another Russian novel! I have a problem, but it’s definitely a good problem to have! This book, I heard, is terribly sad, yet very good. It is about post-Stalin Russia, which isn’t as common in novels as other time periods in Russia.
There you have it! My top ten most anticipated translated books! Should I add any others to the list? Let me know!