Book Guilt Part Deux

Monday, April 13, 2015

Last year, I put up a post on books I probably should have read already but haven't. I've since fixed that and read three out of that list - The Picture of Dorian Gray, Into the Wild, and Lolita. I am happy I did so, because I liked all three, especially The Picture of Dorian Gray. Today, I figured I would go ahead and list down a few of the books I'm guilty I haven't read yet, even though I've always wanted to. Here's to hoping I tackle on them this year.

  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
Now there's a ton more books that I haven't read like Moby Dick for example, but I honestly don't feel like reading it in general, so I'm not including it on the list. These titles are here because I've always wanted to read them. I just haven't yet.

What are some of the books you are ashamed you have never read? 

14 comments:

  1. I feel guilty sometimes that I haven't read most classics, but I know my attention span is not good for those types of books. I keep hoping some day I'll have the desire to pick one up. I hope you get to read these!

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    1. I'm pretty picky with the classics I choose to read. I try to make an effort though because in my experience, I ended up loving classics even though I initially doubted I would enjoy them.

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  2. Only book I read in that list is Animal Farm, which I loved. But I do want to read Handmaid's Tale soon too. I have plenty of books I wish I had read by now, though the moment I realize that I should have read a book, I never get to it.

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    1. I hear Animal Farm is fantastic and a must-read. I did like 1984 and loved it, so I'm pretty excited to get into that.

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  3. Reading Moby Dick is...well...it's an experience. Of a certain kind. I'm 100% sure I will not read it ever again.

    The Handmaiden's Tale is a great one. Have you read anything by Atwood or would that be your first?

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    1. I think you've convinced me to not read Moby Dick. Maybe someday I'll have a change of heart.

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  4. The Handmaid's Tale is on my list of things to read this year. It is hard to balance catching up with classics and keeping up with more current reads.

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    1. I agree. That is the true struggle!

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  5. Good question! And probably a good thing to ask oneself now and then. Hm. Middlemarch by George Eliot for sure, especially since a friend has told me several times how much she liked it. War and Peace, because I started it once and really do want to finish it. All the W. Somerset Maugham books I haven't read yet (which is all but three, heh). I'm sure there are more, but that's all I can think of right now! Most of them are on my Classics Club list, so hopefully that'll help me prioritize them.

    I liked Animal Farm and The Handmaid's Tale (though it's not my favorite Atwood). Crime and Punishment sort of turned me off as far as Dostoevsky goes, though I've heard some people like Brothers Karamazov better. I hope you like it! And I really liked The Picture of Dorian Gray, too :)

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    1. I haven't read War and Peace either. To be honest, I probably never will. It's just too intimidating for me! What is your favorite Atwood? I'd love to hear your recommendations.

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    2. My favorite Atwood is her dystopian MaddAdam trilogy. It's great on audio in particular. Of the non-dystopian fiction of hers I've read, I liked The Blind Assassin best. I should probably reread The Handmaid's Tale -- it's been a while!

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  6. Ah, Animal Farm is so short, you could easily fly through that in a sitting! And it's strangely fascinating. As for your question, I'd really rather not get into it haha. SO many classics that I haven't read yet!!

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    1. Good to know! I can't wait for Animal Farm. I really liked 1984, so it will be interesting to read more from Orwell.

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