Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's top ten:
Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

In no particular order:

1. Romeo and Juliet: I can't believe I've never read this book! I know the story and think it's a great lovestory, but I've never actually read the play. Or seen the movie. I can't get into the one with Leonardo Dicaprio, it's weird with it not being set in the right time period.

2. The Hobbit: I've tried to read this one, but unlike Lord of the Rings, this didn't grip me. It stares me down everytime I go to my parents' house where it's patiently sitting on the shelf, waiting for me to finally muster up enough courage to try again.

3. East of Eden by John Steinbeck: I've heard people rave about this one and it's on my to-read list, but I haven't gotten around to actually reading it.

4. Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott also known as the sequel to Little Women. I didn't even know it existed up until 2 months ago when I bought it at a book sale.

5. The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier: I love her books, but I've never read this one.

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I was a bit suspicious of this one as EVERYONE is raving about it, but finally decided to add it to my to-read list. Now I'm just waiting for my mom to read it, so I can borrow hers.

7. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: so this one has been sitting on my shelves for noone knows how long. I really liked the movie (it's like art, such beautiful pictures), but haven't read the book yet.

8. The Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman: I can't get my hands on this one. It's so annoying and the only reason it isn't on my already read list.

9. The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson: my dad owns them and I really have no excuse for not having read these cause I have very easy access. They intimidate me.

10. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: I preordered it and my stupid bookstore decided they didn't need to order it themselves in time :S I should be reading this right now. I can't believe them! What makes it worse is other stores in the chain have it stocked (I can check on their site) but those are all really far away. I'm so frustrated right now!

So this was my list of shame, what's on yours? Any thoughts on what should be the first to come off it and onto my 'yes, I've finally read it' list?


  1. The Lady and the Unicorn is my FAVORITE of her novels.

    I'm currently reading the second of the Millennium trilogy and I know what you mean. The first one took me a while to get hooked but once I was, I had a hard time putting the book down. The second one is...a lot slower so far.

    Ugh, I wish I was reading Mockingjay right now. I'll be buying it this weekend!!

  2. I was totally in the same place as you with "The Hobbit". I tried again a few years ago and found that it was a much lighter and funnier book than the Ring books.

    "The Book Thief" is sitting on my TBR shelf, sigh...

  3. I would really recommend East of Eden. It's not my usual cup of tea (religious allegory and all that..) but I got sucked right in. The characters are so engaging and so very very human. It's a pretty massive book and it can be difficult to keep characters and plot lines straight if you read it in sporadic spurts though.

  4. Like you I'm skeptical of a book like The Book Thief that has so many people raving about it but I would like to check it out. Another book to add to the pile!
    R&J isn't quite the most-beautiful-love-story-ever!! that re-tellings had lead me to believe (Romeo is so fickle. Give him a week and he prob would have been onto a new girl) but you should absolutely read it. The language is beautiful.

  5. I don't think you're missing much by not having read Romeo & Juliette. It's probably one of my least favorite Shakespeare I've read and since it was also my first (7th grade middle school), I'm surprised I ever picked up another Shakespeare play again willingly. lol.

    The Stieg Larsson Books were intimidating to begin with, but after the first 30 pages, I couldn't put it down!

  6. LOVE the Book Thief! You need to find time to read that book and make sure you have a box of tissues handy when you do!

    I've got an award for you on my blog:

  7. I've heard so many people rave about East of Eden, but I've not yet been able to get into it. Must give it another try.

  8. That stinks about Mockingjay. I pre-ordered mine from Amazon and was surprised when I actually got it yesterday. I hope you get your hands on it soon!

  9. 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.

    The Book Thief is amazing. Get right on that one, you won't regret it!

    I'm a new follower!