Top Ten Tuesday

It's Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's top ten list features the "Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read". Over the last couple of years, I've been doing my best to knock off a lot of the classics and other books that I feel like most people have read but there are some that I haven't been able to check off yet. So without further ado, here is my list.

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

1. Pride and Prejudice- I'm not sure why I never read this. Actually, up until recently, I hadn't even realized that I had not read it. I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies before the original. I am an awful person. I'm sorry, Ms. Austen.
2. Anna Karenina- one of these days I will get to it. There have been multiple opportunities for me to join in a group read on this and I keep chickening out.
3. Lord of the Rings- I will probably never read this series to be honest. Nor will I see the movies. They just don't seem like my thing but everytime I tell someone I haven't read it, they are shocked.
4. The Hunger Games series- I feel like this is especially appropriate today on Mockingjay release day. I have been meaning to read The Hunger Games for awhile now but I keep putting off getting a copy.
5. Gone With the Wind- I haven't seen the movie either, but not for lack of trying. For some reason it's not available on Netflix. Anyway, I've just never gotten my hands on a copy of this and I really should.
6. The Grapes of Wrath - my dad has a really old copy from when he was in college which I almost read once, but there were dead bugs in it and it was falling apart, so yea. I'm reading East of Eden now and really digging Steinbeck's writing though so I'm thinking GoW will have to be acquired asap.
7. Rebecca- I've heard nothing but good things but was never really inspired to read it myself. Maybe someday soon.
8. Little Women- ok so this is not entirely true. I read an abridged version last winter without realizing it, but after finishing I realized, hey! That's not how it's supposed to end. There was a whole chunk missing in my book which was apparently written for young children, so all cleaned up and with a happy ending.
9. Treasure Island- a classic that I just never got around to reading.
10. Mrs. Dalloway (or anything by Virginia Woolf)- another that I'm not sure why I've never read. In high school, I remember a friend of mine reading this and complaining about it being boring. That's the only impression I've ever gotten about Mrs. Dalloway, but the summary sounds interesting to me. I think this is one I'll get around to eventually.

This was actually pretty difficult. It has been one of my goals to read all the books I couldn't believe I hadn't read. If I'd been asked to compile this list two years ago, it would have been much longer.


  1. Like you I've also read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies without reading P&P. I'm working on fixing it...

  2. I, too, have a very long list of Should-Have-Reads. And we dare to call ourselves readers!


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  3. You should check again for GWTW on netflix. (It comes up when I search for it). It's a pretty awesome movie (but LONG)! Great book too.

  4. OK. So it's Saturday but I still wanted to participate. I hope you are willing to take a look at my top ten "I can't believe I haven't read" books, too.

    I used to tell people that Rebecca was my favorite book then I reread it and decided it had been usurped. It did win the Anthony Award for the best book of the century, however. And you just finished East of Eden and I'm just pining about reading it.