Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read

Appointment in Samarra
Reason: Recommended by respected reader friends
Status: On shelf for over ten years
Attempts: At least four

Any William Faulkner
Reason: On every Must-Read List in existence
Status: I've never acquired a single copy of any Faulkner book
Attempts: Never attempted

Reason: Beloved is...well, beloved.
Status: Have had many, many copies
Attempts: Never opened

Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
Reason: I adored Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge.
Status: Have purchased this book three different times.
Attempts: Made it through chapter one before setting it back on shelf.

War and Peace
Reason: Probably on more required reading lists than any other
Status: Gave away copy two years ago
Attempts: Made a valiant effort in 2013 to read it, finally setting aside after 300 pages.

Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe series
Reason: Great children's series
Status: Many, many copies
Attempts: Listening to Dawn Treader on audio now

The Professor and the Madman
Reason: Rave reviews of this nonfiction book
Status: Has been part of many bookboxes over the years
Attempts: None

To the Lighthouse
Reason: Woolf is highly respected and I loved the one Woolf novel I've read
Status: Never acquired
Attempts: None

Reason: Many reader friends have recommended this one
Status: Just purchased this one a few weeks ago
Attempts: Currently starting Chapter 2

The Razor's Edge
Reason: Story sounds like one I'd love
Status: Just obtained a copy last week
Attempts: None yet

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  1. Ah, so many books. Good on you for tackling Middlemarch- it's one I've always meant to read.

    1. We'll see if I make it through Middlemarch. One chapter is nothing, I'm afraid. And it's awfully slow going.

  2. I love that Faulkner was on both of our lists!

    Middlemarch and To the Lighthouse are two of my all-time favorites, especially Middlemarch (I love Mrs. Dalloway more than To the Lighthouse). I didn't love Beloved. It just didn't move me. I am clearly evil. Aaaaaand go ahead and read The Professor and the Madman. It is such a quick easy read and it is a lot of fun.

    Oh and I abandoned War and Peace around 300 pages in, too! Now my dilemma is: start from the beginning, or pick up where I left off?

    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Rosemary. I think I'd have to say that you should probably start over, from the beginning, but in a light-skimmy sort of way.

  3. OOh nice! Those are all new to me reads! I know of the classic ones, but never read any myself! Hope you get to read them soon!

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  4. There are several on my shelf that have been there gathering dust for years. It all seems to be about timing.

  5. I have read too many Faulkners (I went to college in Mississippi), but I guess he should be on the must read list. Choose Light in August. War and Peace made my list this week too, but I don't really have any intentions of reading it. ;) Will attempt Anna Karenina someday instead. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Go read Amy and Isabelle now! I love Elizabeth Strout's writing.

  7. I don't even want to talk about Faulkner. I think I might have shared that I had a high school English teacher who in my mind is in the category of "He Who Shall Not Be Named". He and I had a differing opinion about AS I LAY DYING. And that's all I'll say about that. LOL

    I think I might have read AMY AND ISABELLE or tried to. Seems like it did. Sadly, that's the only one for me. I'm not a big classics reader. :-)

  8. Oh you must read The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe! It's one of my favorite series. I'm going to try Faulkner again at some point but I don't think I'm looking forward to it. That man never met a long convoluted sentence he didn't love.

  9. Middlemarch is definitely on my "must read this year" list xD It's been on my list forever, lol! I can't believe to this day that I got to War and Peace before Tolstoy's other works--the scope is epic! Great list :)

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  10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04wz7q2 just in case you want to listen to War & Peace. Its a great adaption but I don't know if you are allowed to listen to it from everywhere :-). Take care Bee

  11. Is it bad I've only read one Narnia book, and it wasn't even all the way through? And my nan gave me Middlemarch to read when I was about 14 and I still haven't read it, I should be ashamed really. Great list of books though, but I wouldn't feel bad because I reckon most people haven't read some of these.

  12. You can definitely skip Faulkner. Wayyyyy overrated. At the very least, don't read As I Lay Dying. Worst. Book. Ever. (Tied with A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.)

  13. I agree about Faulkner; had to read him in college. Skip it... overrated.

    Haven't read anything else on your list. I think Beloved and Middlemarch would be the ones I'd try.

  14. I loved listening to the unabridged audio version of The Professor and the Madman. It's awesome. :-)

  15. I haven't read most of these, either! I'd like to read Middlemarch one day.

  16. I should try Middlemarch too. It seems intimidating though. But Razor's Edge is easy getting into. The Professor and the Madmen is weird and surprising. Beloved is well, beloved but dark. Try Faulkner's Light in August -- it's easier than some of his other unreadable ones. cheers. http://www.thecuecard.com


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