Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read

August 24, 2010 § 10 Comments

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday – hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish – revolves around those books that we have promised outselves we would read, those books that were highly recommended or got excited about, then never read.

So, the ten books I can’t believe I’ve never read…

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – I’ve had this book on my shelves for sometime now and I did actually start to read it one night. I like the beginning and I’m pretty sure I would enjoy the whole book, but for whatever reason I just never got back to it.

2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – I won’t like, I bought this the summer before 8th grade thinking it would be a breeze. I got through the first few chapters, but I just wasn’t able to finish it. I started telling myself recently to pick the book back up, but it’s another one that I just never got back to.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – While I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe time and again growing up, I never read any of the other books growing up. I don’t know what I’m waiting for honestly.

4. Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden – This is another book that I’ve had around for a while. I did see the movie, which I love, but I still need to read the book. Even my dad read this one which is definitely saying something.

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – I won’t lie, I have no idea what this is about other than a cat, a queen of hearts, a lost girl, and drugs. For years I’ve been told to read this book. I’ve never seen the movies or mini-series, nothing. I’m completely negligent when it comes to Carroll’s works. I did buy a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass a couple weeks ago, so perhaps sooner rather than later…

6. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles are the original. While I have seen the movies, for some reason I’ve just never picked up the books.

7. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – I bought my first copy from a used bookstore a couple of years ago. I left it out right in front of myself so that I would make time to read it. It seems that life got in the way. (Obviously I buy books and never read them, at least not for a few years.)

8. Thank You for Not Reading by Dubravka Ugresic – I don’t remember where I came across this book, only that I read about it online and instantly added it my list of to-reads. Still, at least two if not three years later, I have yet to acquire a copy of my own and read the dang book.

9. World War Z by Max Brooks – A friend of mine recommended this to me about 4.5 years ago. It sounded pretty awesome. Again, here I am years later, yet to get my hands on a copy and read it.

10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – I’ve always wanted to read this. The idea behind the books seems really interesting, but again while I’ve only owned the book for about a year, I have yet to read it.

So, now I just feel plain awful thinking about all the books I’ve had for years that I have yet to read.

Any books that you can’t believe you have yet to read?

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§ 10 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read

  • Jamie says:

    Go read The Bell Jar!! One of my favorites! I, too, have Jane Eyre and Alice in Wonderland on my list. I should have put S&S as well. Forgot about that one!

    • Hannah says:

      My mom loves The Bell Jar and has been pushing me to read it for about two years now. I really do need to sit down with it though. There are so many books that I thought of afterward that I could have put on the list, it’s unfortunate that there are that many books.

  • Shawnee says:

    Interview With the Vampire and World War Z are both fun books. The first is just good paranormal, the second is a little different written as an oral history and not everyone I know who tried it actually liked it as much as I did.

    • Hannah says:

      Good to know! My friend was incredibly enthusiastic about World War Z. He still hits his head on the ceiling every time I tell him I still haven’t read it.

  • Cyna says:

    Ah, Sense and Sensibility is on my list, too, that’s classic Austen. I did the same thing, got a few pages in and just…forgot about it till it had to go back to the library, lol.

    I’m curious about World War Z and the Picture of Dorian Grey as well. Good list 😀

  • I loved and hated Bell Jar. It threw me into a depression that lasted over a year. But I found it extremely realistic.

    Stop by my blog if you get a chance.

    http://www.readerbuzz.blogspot.com

    • Hannah says:

      That’s interesting, I can’t say I’ve heard anyone affected in such a way before. However, in thinking about Plath’s life, and the end of it, I suppose I shouldn’t be supprised that her writing would have a depressive effect on people.

  • Tony says:

    The only book I’ve read on your list is Interview with a Vampire, and I don’t think you’re missing much. I just picked up Jane Eyre at a book sale, so I’ll get to it soon, or maybe not I have about 40 books stacked up that I’m going to get to “soon”.

  • Hannah says:

    Eh, soon is certainly more relative than anything. We’ve all got our own versions of it.

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