Let’s go Booking Through Thursday!
We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from them. Or just that they’re supposed to be worthy. We just … haven’t gotten around to them yet.
What’s the best book that YOU haven’t read yet?
Oh, I can’t pick just one book . . . and, sadly, this list is constantly growing! I always start out with the best of intentions, wanting desperately to hunker down with a “classic” work of literature and sit with a pen against my chin, pondering. Or, well, no — I don’t! Four years of an English Literature education will ruin you! Obviously, I still love books . . . but I love to be distracted, too. So there are a ton of canonized works of literature I’ve never even held in my hands. Some of them embarrass me to tell! But since I love lists, I’ll put aside my temporary literary humiliation and divulge:
Great books I know exist, but have not read and don’t own:
• Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen
• Watership Down, Richard Adams
• The Awakening, Kate Chopin
• Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
• Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
• The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
• Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
• The Overcoat, Nikolai Gogol
• The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
• Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
• Looking For Alaska, John Green
Great books I own, but haven’t yet read:
• Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
• Love In The Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
• The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
• The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
• People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
• The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
• Three Junes, Julia Glass
What about you? Which “classic” books have you been bypassing for 2, 5 or 20 years?