Have you noticed that there’s a level of expectation that if you’re a reader then you must have read certain books? Normally the ‘worthy’ books or ones that appear on the ‘must read’ lists. I have and if I’m really honest, it does my head in! I read a lot but it’s usually a mix of new and older books. So there’s just not time to read everything. As such there are some serious holes in my reading – and to be fair a lot of those holes are books that I do really want to read. I just haven’t got to them yet. However there’s always real surprise when I mention I’ve not read something that’s deemed a classic or something that apparently everyone’s read or someone’s absolute favourite book. Here are just a few of the books everyone loves that I’ve not read yet:
The Secret History by Donna Taart
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein
The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
So yes there are some absolute classics in there, I do know that. I will read them eventually – I just haven’t yet and this is for two reasons. One: I get really stubborn when people say I have to read something. And I’ll put off reading that book for a while longer, no matter how much I really want to read the book. and two: I just have so many books on my TBR pile. At last count, and after a big book cull, I had 100 books on my shelves (real and digital) that I still need to read. Crazy I know.
Despite these reasons, I do really need to read some of those books as they just sound so darn good! Also I want to be able to have an opinion about these books and to be able to join in with conversations about them. I also don’t want to have to hide from all the spoilers out there, especially when these books become TV shows!
Tell me, are you like me? Are there any books everyone loves that you’ve not read yet?