Booking Through Thursday: Yet to read

booking_through_thursLet’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?

18 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Yet to read

  1. Great list! A friend of mine has been telling me to read The Hunger Games and it’s been getting such good reviews too. Another book to add to my growing list of books I’ve yet to read.

    ~ Popin


  2. This is why I joined the Read Your Own Books Challenge this year. I have too many good books collecting dust on my shelves. There are a few of my personal faves in your first list…Watership Down (listened to the audio-fantastic), The Awakening, The Bell Jar. I love lists too 🙂


  3. Little Women was my first “real book” and I love it even now. You should read it! I’ve also heard a lot about The Hunger Games. Really need to get my hands on a copy. Water for Elephants and Sense and Sensibility are pretty good too. And I just read People of the Book, which was terrific and perfect for book lovers.


  4. I recommend Sense and Sensibility, and Love in Time of Cholera. 🙂

    I’ve got so many but when I reflect upon the type of writing style that appeals me the most, I narrow it down to a short list.

    At first I couldn’t make of the question because it really depends on what best is. I’m reading a very popular book that I’m probably the last person on earth to read it. Gone with the Wind. 🙂


  5. I’ve never read a Jane Austen novel, although I feel vaugely like I should…since I have ovaries. What is the deal with Mr. Darcy? Am I the only one who feels compelled to read this as some part of pilgrimage to being a woman???


  6. Those are wonderful lists. I’ve read a few of the titles, and got most of the rest on my constantly-expanding TBR list. I would definitely recommend reading the “Guernsey” book right away. It’s a short, fast read, and one of my faves from last year. By now, just about everyone I know is sick of hearing me talk about it!


  7. i’ve read several of the books on your lists but admit (with guilt) that i skipped most of the classic russian novels. i just couldn’t tackle them. sorry!


  8. Megan,
    If you only do one thing in your life make sure that it’s reading Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’. IT WILL TOUCH YOUR SOUL FOREVER!
    Good luck in your reading endeavours


  9. Thanks for visiting my blog! I think I am definitely going to give Dickens a go. I noticed that you have Wuthering Heights on your list, I love that book! Definitely worth reading!


  10. I think that your list should include Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. It’s a fantastic novel. Many of the entries on your list sound fascinating. I will have to hunt them down.

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