Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read Yet!

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At first, I was going to make this about classics…You know me, you know my blog, you know I’m making a huge effort to read more classic literature. I’ve read quite a bit and made some good headway in the past year, but there’s some I just can’t believe I’ve not actually read.

There are also some books in general that I haven’t read yet which shock me, so I thought I’d include them too… narrowing down to any other genre wasn’t doing it for me, so I’m just making a mess today!

1. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

In honour of the late, great Colleen McCullough, I’m including this epic Australian classic from the 70’s. I’ve owned it for years, recommended it to people looking for a book like that, given it as a gift… but never read it myself. It’s a bit weird, but one day I’ll do justice to this mighty beast.

2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I did try to read this several years ago. I gave up because I wasn’t into it, but since then my tastes have changed quite a bit. I’m including this as my Dickens, because I have only read A Christmas Carol.

3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

I have started this book in the past as well, but haven’t got all the way through it because my mind was elsewhere. I do fully intend to finish this, because again, my taste has shifted and I think the writing is delicious.

4. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

You know, I may be the last person alive who hasn’t seen the movie in it’s entirety? I don’t even know the full story! I’m going to keep myself in the dark until I read this thumper… I have a copy, but it’s very ugly and has that awful bible style paper… excuses excuses! Though, now that I think of it, I’ve never seen a cover of this book that I like. Where are the book designers and why haven’t they made a pretty one?

5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I think everyone has read this book too, but for some reason I’ve never got around to it. It seems like a great book and I’m fairly sure my parents read it and thought it was great, so I don’t know what my problem is!

6. The Potato Factory by Bryce Courtenay

If you’re Australian, you’ve most likely read this book. If you haven’t read it, you’ve heard of it. Considering the lovely Bryce Courtenay was a family friend and this book is pretty damn influential, I’m ashamed of not having read it. Again, I own a copy, began reading it and got sidetracked… I was a really bad reader for picking stuff up and dropping it again 4 years ago.

7. Mr Rosemblum’s List by Natasha Solomons

I’ve been wanting to read this for ages but haven’t picked it up or bought it… I did try to read another book of hers, The Novel in the Viola, but never got around to finishing it… alas I doubt I will, as my copy has been left at an ex’s house. Pity. But this book looks really cute and I like the cover.

8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I have NO idea why I haven’t read this yet. Again, it seems like something I’d appreciate, but so far it’s not been something I’ve picked up, despite my best intentions. It seems to be quite polarising, I’m interested to see which side of the fence I fall on.

9. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Is it bad that I really don’t know what this book is about, but know that it’s ridiculous that I’ve never read it? I see references to it all the time, but nope… never done it! Please don’t beat me up for that!

10. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood

I have no idea why I’ve not read this yet. I do own a copy, but I just haven’t been in the mood for a terrifying dystopian for about 3 years… no kidding, I really haven’t. I’ve been too wrapped up with uni stuff, and some of that is scary enough because it’s real… The Wretched of the Earth, anyone?

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30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read Yet!

  1. I’ve only read three of those: The Kite Runner, The Bell Jar and the The Little Prince. I enjoyed all of them. Khaled Hosseini is one of my favorite authors, and The Kite Runner is a good place to start with him if you haven’t read him before.

    Also I totally agree about the Gone with the Wind covers! Oh, and I also haven’t seen the full movie either.

    • I must get around to reading The Kite Runner somewhen! The author has such good reviews and seems universally liked.
      They’re all so ugly! Surely it can’t be that hard to make them a bit more appealing? Woo I’m not alone!

  2. I spend way too much time telling people to read Dickens, so instead, I’ll put in a plug for The Kite Runner and The Handmaid’s Tale (and, well, pretty much anything by Margaret Atwood).

  3. No, you’re not the only person who hasn’t read The Kite Runner. I bought it at a library sale about three months ago and I still haven’t read it. If I counted up all the books I own that I’ve never read, I’d probably be amazed.

    I’ve been meaning to read The Little Prince too. I have absolutely no idea what it’s about, but I’ve heard people rave about it (people whose tastes in books are pretty similar to mine), so I figured I’d try it anyway. Normally, I vet books thoroughly before I read them, so maybe this time, I’ll just walk into this book blind, so to speak.

    • I actually counted up the books in my room the other day, and I think I’ve only read about 25-30 of them… which is a really, really bad ratio… I’m too scared to do any more than a guesstimate.
      I’m not alone! I have no idea what The Little Prince is about either! Or The Kite Runner, now that I think about it. But yeah, everyone raves about them. I think The Little Prince is quite small, so it’s not a huge 600 page gamble at least =)

      • Well I know that The Kite Runner is about two boys who grew up in Afghanistan in the 1970’s, shortly before the revolution that deposed Afghanistan’s king, but I don’t know much about it beyond that. Really, the only reason I picked it up (besides the rave reviews and the fact that I couldn’t pass up a $1 book), was the fact that I’ve never read anything that deals with the Middle East. I thought it might be interesting.

  4. I’ve read Gone with the Wind, The Kite Runner, Mr Rosenblums List, The Little Prince and The Handmaid’s Tale, and I’d highly recommend all of them. Gone with the Wind is ginormous and took me like 6 months to finish because of all the war descriptions. The Kite Runner is heart wrenching. Mr Rosenblums List gave me all the feels, so I’d say go for it despite the earlier experiences. The Little Prince is a short but lyrical read, and I think almost every library has a copy that you can lend out. The Handmaid’s Tale is still the only Atwood novel that I’ve read but it is easily one of my favourites.

    I too have Lolita and The Bell Jar on my TBR! Although I’m not sure if I’m ready to meet Humbert Humbert…

    • I’m totally down with war descriptions so I’d probably find Gone With the Wind easier then 🙂
      Everyone has said The Kite Runner and The Handmaid’s Tale are great! I’ll keep an eye out for The Little Prince 🙂
      Meeting Humbert Humbert is definitely an experience, I can tell you that much…

  5. I’ve only read a few of these and there are a couple on there I hadn’t even heard of before now. I’ve never read Gone with the Wind or seen the film and have no idea what it’s about so you’re not the only one not to have read/watched it.

    The Little Prince surprises me because until now I didn’t realise that I actually have no idea what it’s about either. I think I missed out on a lot of childhood staples because I started choosing my own books from an early age. I was more interested in The Famous Five, books about horses, and any fantasy novels I could get my hands on!

    This is a great list; thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Not sure how I feel about you using the word delicious to describe Lolita, but I completely understand what you mean. It’s weird to say I like that book, but I do. Hope you get to finish it soon.
    My TTT!

    • Thr writing is delicious, that man had a way with words… the content is disturbing as hell. You really don’t want to enjoy it and feel anything for Humbert but you do, it’s weird!

  7. Shame on me, I guess… But I read The Bell Jar, and let me just say, I was never so glad for a book to end! I was disappointed because I thought I would really like it. The Kite Runner is on my to read list as well. And I own a beautiful edition of like the 75th anniversary cover of Gone With The Wind. I haven’t read it yet.. Le sigh. So many books, so little time! But really, watch the movie. It is so good!!!

    “Cap’n Butlah come out here on the streets to me. Mrs. Melly had her baby. A fine baby boy! Miss Scahhlett and me, we brung him. Well, it was mostly me, Cap’n Butlah only Miss Scahhlett she did hep me a little.”

    I could go on and on…. But I won’t. I do love this movie very much, and I am looking forward to reading the book one of these days. Great list, Bels!

  8. Fabulous list! You have such treats in store here. About Colleen McCullough; I’m planning to read ‘The Thorn Birds’ this year as part of my Classics Club list, so if you want to tackle it together, I think I could do with the moral support too. 😉

    Loving the new look, by the way!

    • It is a bit of a beast! I’m down to do that if you want to! I’ve heard such great things… Even my dad liked it, and he’s picky as all hell!
      Thanks! I thought the other one was a bit too generic for me right now… I’m feeling better with this one!

      • Fabulous! Your dad shall be our inspiration to power on with it. 😉

        Aww, that’s great! 😀 Also, I am SO sorry I’ve not replied to your email yet; it’s been hectic! I shall do so this evening though; scout’s honour!

      • We’ll be fine! The pages will practically read themselves in comparison to War and Peace!
        That’s okay! I’ve been doing an intensive school at uni for the past week, I’m not entirely sure which way is up anymore, way too hectic! Damn life getting in the way of our cunning schemes.

      • Haha, this is very true! Oh goodness – sounds like you would benefit from a visit from the lookalike of a certain dashing man. 😉 I hope things slow down soon!

      • I really, really would appreciate a dashing lookalike!
        Next week it will, though I have some new students to start teaching… lesson plan time is upon me. But then I’m going on a mini holiday to Melbourne on Sunday!

      • I’m going to search for one and send him your way. It shall be my gift to you. Oh, wow, that sounds both exciting and stressful. Your holiday sounds fabulous though! Enjoy! (And buy books!)

  9. I have only read “The Bell Jar” and “The Little Prince” from your list 🙂 I really want to read “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Gone With the Wind”, “Great Expectations” and “Lolita” as well – so many books to read!

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