I have not participated in a book blogging community meme for what seems to be years, but this week’s Top Ten Tuesday subject was one that resonated with me: it’s all about the books I feel everyone has read but me. Because I blog primarily about classics (and I recently was shortlisted as one of the top three Classics Book Bloggers participating in BBAW), I feel rather guilty about some of these classic books that I have not yet read.
I still have many years of reading yet ahead of me, though, so I hope I can make a dent on those books I do want to read!
- Anything by Thomas Hardy. Although I love Victorian writers, I still have not gotten to any novels by this later Victorian. I have heard him praised for years throughout the blogosphere, so I know I should remedy this at some point.
- Anything by Henry James. I will remedy this with my Classics Book Club in just another month! I look forward to my first experience. (Technically, I think I must have read The Turn of the Screw, but I don’t remember reading it; I just remember the movie clips we watched in school.)
- The Aeneid by Virgil. I absolutely loved reading Homer a few years ago, and yet time keeps passing without my reading this Roman classic. It’s waiting for me!
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. People often tell me that I will love this book, that it’s one of the best. I wonder if it’s the length that makes me hesitate to pick it up next? I do hope to get to it in the next year.
- A Room with a View by E.M. Foster. I keep seeing this reviewed on classics blogs. I own it, but haven’t yet given it a try.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I really loved Nabokov’s writing in the collection of his short stories I read a few years ago, but I still haven’t pick up his most famous/controversial novel. I’ve heard it’s simply wonderful, though, so one day I’ll have to abandon my fears and see what Nabokov does with the writing here.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I started an audiobook of this but quickly abandoned it. I should try again.
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I’m afraid of this book. I don’t think it will be my style.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I don’t like scary books, so this will probably remain on my “Everyone but me has read this one” list.
- The last volume of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein. I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. Someday, maybe, I’ll give that last book a chance, but after The Two Towers, I was just burned out with the entire good versus evil formulaic odyssey.
Which books have you read from this list? Which classic books do feel everyone has read except yourself?