For those of us who love reading, the sheer number of amazing books out there can be really overwhelming. How can we possibly read them all? Obviously, we are limited to reading only a tiny fraction of the books in existence in our lifetimes — and probably only a small percentage of the books that could be considered classics. We have to be choosy about the books we read, and we inevitably miss out on some of the books it seems everyone else has read or that we feel we should read.
The folks at The Broke and The Bookish have declared this Top Ten Tuesday a freebie week, so with the above thoughts in mind, I have decided to list the top ten books I can’t believe I haven’t read yet!
1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte. This has been sitting on my shelf for two years, waiting for me to muster up the courage to read it. I’m just afraid I really won’t like it!
2. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte. This is one of those books that I feel like everyone else has read and that I should read, but I’m really not that interested in it. Should I be?
3. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck. I’m pretty sure every high school sophomore English class but mine read this classic. Someday I’ll get around to it!
4. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien. We read O’Brien’s If I Die in a Combat Zone in high school English, but I haven’t read this collection of short stories yet. I very much want to, though!
5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou. This seems to be a reading staple, but it hasn’t quite made it to the top of my to-read list yet.
6. The Lord of the Rings series – JRR Tolkien … and honestly? I really have no desire to read them. I got about 100 pages into the first book and was bored out of my mind. Don’t hate me!
7. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini. I have no excuse for not having read this yet. It’s been waiting on my shelf for months. I swear I’ll read it soon!
8. I’m going to lump Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes) and Le Petit Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) into one. I’m pretty sure both of these books are read and loved by EVERY PERSON who studies Spanish or French, respectively. Because my silly high-school self took Latin (really, what was I thinking?), I have read neither of them. But maybe I should?!
9. Anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I swear, he’s next on my list of authors to read!
10. Anything by Toni Morrison. Sula is waiting patiently on my shelf, but I’m too intimidated to pick it up!