Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's list topic is...

Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

1. Pride & Prejudice – I know, I know. I’ve seen the movie and the television series and read various excerpts from the novel in school, but I’ve never read the actual book. I will some day, I promise.

2. The Complete Harry Potter series – It’s been how many years since everyone started raving about Harry Potter? I’ve read the first five books, and love them, but I’m never in a hurry to start the next. In fact, it took me two years to get from four to five. I’m contemplating starting over again from the first one before moving on to six and seven, because I’m afraid I’ve forgotten a whole lot.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird – I really need to read this. It’s been on my shelf for several years, so I don’t have an excuse. Not a good one, anyway.

4. Any Dickens except A Christmas Carol – I love ACC, but I’ve just never gotten around to any of his other works. Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities are eyeing me reproachfully from the shelf next to me. (Although come to think of it, I may or may not have read David Copperfield when I was a kid. But since I can’t remember, I don’t think it counts.)

5. Animal Farm – Assigned reading in my high school English class, but I managed to persuade my teacher to let me read Wuthering Heights instead. I even got out of watching the movie afterwards.

6. A Game of Thrones (and the rest of A Song of Ice and Fire) – It seems that after Lord of the Rings, this is the classic fantasy series. I purchased the first book a while back, fully intending to read it soon after, but so far I haven’t. Truth is, I’m terrified it will bore me to tears.

7. Treasure Island – Another one that’s been sitting on my shelf for ages. I really wanted to read it when I bought it, but somehow I never started it and now I have so many other books I want to read as well. I might have to watch a couple of the Pirates of the Caribbean films to put me in the right mood.

8. The Shell Seekers – Can I really call myself a fan of Rosamunde Pilcher if I haven’t read her greatest work?

9. Outlander/Cross Stitch – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a negative review of this book. It sounds very good (I almost picked up A Breath of Snow and Ashes from a bookstore, before I realised it was part of a series), and I think I will like it. If I ever get around to it, that is.

10. Catch-22 – Seeing as so many others are admitting to never having read this one, I feel I can do so too. This must be one of those famous least-read books. Maybe we should start a read-along?


Daisy said...

How can you not move onto HP6 after reading the first 5? I was so excited when the next one came out, it drove everyone around me crazy.
And I can guarantee you won't be bored to tears by A Game of Thrones, it's amazing. In fact, I can't believe I haven't read the sequel yet!

Melody said...

Ha, yes I am definitely in the "I haven't read any Dickens except A Christmas Carol" club with you. :)

Julia said...

Seriously, I thought I was the only member of the everything but A Christmas Carol unread Club... awesome!

I've read some of yours, but some I haven't. Though if you want a not entirely positive review of Outlander, check out my blog!

You dont have to, normally I think it's tacky when someone does the Now Look At ME! thing, but I am trying to provide some balance :)

Kayla + Cyna said...

Haha, I wasn't much for the last three HPs, but they're definitely worth reading to see how it all ends.

Also, I hear you on A Game of Thrones. I couldn't make it through LotR, and I feel such geek shame for not reading either D:

I'm with you on the read-along thing! That seems to be on so many people's lists, it seems like it would be fun to organize a sort of book club for some of these more popular never-reads.

readerbuzz said...

I wasn't wild about Outlander. (Does that count as a negative review?)

I am a new follower! I'd love to have you stop by my blog and visit me at

Enbrethiliel said...


What a coincidence! I have only read up to HP5, and I don't even remember it that well!

And if it weren't for the lucky find that was a copy of Outlander in almost-new condition at a used-book price, I wouldn't have started Diana Gabaldon's series, either! Not that I've got past the first book or anything. I don't like Claire very much. =(

Keep trying with Treasure Island! I started reading it three times and gave up all three times . . . and then came the fourth time, when I had to read it because it was required of the cousin I was helping to homeschool. And I finally finished it! =D He didn't, though. LOL!

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