The Ten Books I am Determined to Finish in 2011

A Listmania! list by Jocelyn archer
The list author says: "This year I am challenging myself by picking books that have been on my shelf for ages, but I just haven't been able to bring myself to pick up. This is going to be my year though."
Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia
1.  Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid
The list author says:
  "I've had this book for a couple of years now, and I know that once I get into it, it will be fascinating, especially given current events."
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The Mysteries of Udolpho (Penguin Classics)
2.  The Mysteries of Udolpho (Penguin Classics) by Ann Ward Radcliffe
The list author says:
  "I've read so much about what a great and juicy Gothic thriller this is, but I just haven't had the time to sit down and read it. I think all of this snow will be the perfect opportunity to curl up with a cup of cocoa and one of the books which inspired Jane Austen's 'Northanger Abbey'."
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War and Peace (Vintage Classics)
3.  War and Peace (Vintage Classics) by Leo Tolstoy
The list author says:
  "I always find it hard to admit that despite having an MA in literature, I've always been daunted by this brick of a book. I refuse to be intimidated anymore though, it's time to see what all the fuss is about."
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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
4.  Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt
The list author says:
  "Here's another one that's been on my shelf for a while. I meant to read it last year after Tony Judt died, in memoriam, however, I just didn't get to it. Somehow in every history class the world after 1945 got glossed over, so this is a period where my knowledge is sadly lacking and I would love to fix that."
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Human Traces (Vintage International)
5.  Human Traces (Vintage International) by Sebastian Faulks
The list author says:
  "I received this book as a Christmas present a couple of years ago and got halfway through it before I was distracted. This year, I am going to finish it finally! I love Faulks, and am thrilled to get to finish this fictional account of two pioneers of psychology."
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Ataturk
6.  Ataturk by Baron Patrick Balfour Kinross
The list author says:
  "I bought this book while I was living in Turkey and never quite got to it. I would love to know, however, more about the father of modern Turkey."
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Man and Wife
7.  Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
The list author says:
  "I love Victorian suspense novels and Wilkie Collins is truly the master. I can't wait to dive into this one!"
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Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England
8.  Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England by Judith Flanders
The list author says:
  "A fun piece of social history I picked up a few years ago. It should be a fascinating read."
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The Remains of the Day
9.  The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The list author says:
  "Someone recommended this to me years ago, but I've just never managed to pick it up."
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The White Castle: A Novel
10.  The White Castle: A Novel by Orhan Pamuk
The list author says:
  "I've only read a couple of books by Orhan Pamuk, but since I lived in Turkey for two years, I've always wanted to read more, now's my chance!"
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