Another list-provoking Booking Through Thursday question
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 are the best books that you haven’t read yet?
1. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
This one I’ve been craving for years and years, but I haven’t had “time” to dedicate to it. After all, it is quite long (that must be the most euphemistic thing I’ve ever said). Thetrue reason why I haven’t read it yet is because I thought I would love Anna Karenina, but alas. Come to think of it, I haven’t ever finished a Tolstoy.
2. Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
Booker plus Ishiguro – I’m surprised this hasn’t been ticked off my to-read list, but I’m getting through Ishiguro chronologically but backwards. Next up is The Unconsoled, then I’ll be digging into this one. I can’t say I’m too excited about it, though. Sounds rather similar to When We Were Orphans, from what I’ve heard. Correct me if I’m wrong, please.
3. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Oh dear. I thought 2009 would mark the beginning of a new relationship between myself and that Dickens. Not the case. In fact, it’s rather cringeworthy that three of my writers from Tribute to the Shelf Sitters have remained shelf sitters since the time I wrote that post. Henry James, I haven’t had time to tackle. Anna Karenina is currently on hiatus (waiting for the right moment to read it) and Dickens I’ve been studiously avoiding. Considered buying David Copperfield, but knew it would just add to the dust on my shelves, so I let it go.
4. Middlemarch, George Eliot
Oh, George Eliot, I do adore thee. Someday I’ll read your books.
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
None of these books have actually been consciously avoided, as such. With the exception of Dickens. Marquez is one of those writers who I’m eternally curious about, but for some reason, never make it to the top of the to-read list. Love in the Time of Cholera should also be added here too.
6. Utopia, Thomas More
Confession: the only reason why I want to read this book is because of Ever After. It intimidates me, though.
7. Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
I would have written The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, but the title of this one interests me more. Sounds whimsical and dark all at the same time. My impressions are probably entirely wrong. Has anyone read this. If so, what did you think of it? Should I read the other one first?
8. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
I love Flaubert’s writing; no idea why I’ve never read this. Will do so sometime this year.
9. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
I have an excuse – I’m not American. Well, that’s no real excuse. I’m planning on reading Grapes of Wrath later this month, so let me off the hook just once.
10. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
The only Rushdie I’ve read is The Enchantress of Florence, and since that book was far from enchanting (sorry), I’m going to have to remedy the situation by reading his “classic”. Am vaguely curious about The Satanic Verses, but not enough for it to make its way onto this list. Midnight’s Children, on the other hand, is very intriguing. From the title alone, I want to devour it.
Other Worthy Mentionables:
- Ulysses, James Joyce
- The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
- Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell
- Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
- East of Eden, John Steinbeck