Books I haven't read yet but probably should

Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

  • Why? It’s a medieval mystery with manuscripts and monks and other exciting things like that! And I’m minoring in medieval studies, AND my mom gave it to me to read.
  • Why not? I must be in the wrong mood for it every time I’ve tried to read it, because it just isn’t catching my interest. And yet it SHOULD interest me, yes?

Any Francesca Lia Block book.

  • Why? Because she’s, like, a BUILDING BLOCK of YA fantasy lit, and a major influence on many new YA authors.
  • Why not? Just haven’t made the effort. And I’m not sure which one to start with? (Weetzie Bat?)

Neuromancer by William Gibson.

  • Why? Because he’s the father of cyberpunk, which influenced modern sci-fi lit, including steampunk!
  • Why not? I got like five pages in before I quit, which I think was because it requires a lot of concentration to decode what’s going on (sort of like Clockwork Orange), and I wasn’t willing to spend that much effort on it at the time.

Any Jane Austen book (alternatively, any of the Bronte sisterss books as well).

  • Why? Duh.
  • Why not? The last time I tried to read an Austen book I was also reading three other books a the same time and I lost interest. But I remember liking what I did read of Pride and Prejudice, so next time I try I’ll focus only on that one book.

The Charioteer by Mary Renault.

  • Why? She’s such a big name in both historical fiction and GLBT fiction, and I’ve heard her books are really good!
  • Why not? Laziness, and the fear that her books are also depressing. No one’s TOLD me they were depressing, but from the covers they definitely look at least a little depressing. I couldn’t handle it before, but after reading so many Virginia Woolf books I think I can now!

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Also anything like Hush, Hush or Fallen or any of the other big YA paranormal romance books of the past year.

  • Why? Because they’re such big deals in the YA fiction world.
  • Why not? Is just being popular really a reason to read something? They hold almost no interest for me, and I didn’t read Twilight just because it was popular (or the last three Harry Potter books, for that matter). Maybe I shouldn’t cave to peer pressure. But what if I need to talk about them for my future dream job interview? And then they don’t hire me because I haven’t read Mockingjay?!

Ulysses by James Joyce.

  • Why? Because I like Joyce’s books, but haven’t actually completely finished one yet. Plus I said I would over the summer, and I didn’t.
  • Why not? It’s freakin’ HEAVY. I don’t want to carry it around, and I don’t want to drag it home from the library (and then back again). But the paperback version of the “correct” edit is SO ugly I don’t want to buy it, either. Is there an ebook version?

The Young Wizards books past #2 by Diane Duane.

  • Why? Because I have them already! Up to #7, I think. And I really enjoyed the first two.
  • Why not? I don’t think I understood them when I was younger, when it started getting more science-y and mathematical and sort of Madeleine L’Engle-y. Little bit confusing to my 14-year-old future-English-major brain.

The Dresden Files past #5 by Jim Butcher.

  • Why? Because apparently some AWESOME STUFF has happened and I’m missing out!
  • Why not? Because it’s been so long since I read the first five that I want to reread them before continuing onward, but that’s such a big time suck and I have other things to do and really I’m lazy lazy lazy. If you hadn’t noticed already.

Also: my TBR books, obviously, including the new Diana Wynne Jones book which I own but have been saving for a day when I feel super crappy.

What books have YOU not read but probably should?

0 thoughts on “Books I haven't read yet but probably should”

  1. Well, I liked the Hunger Games trilogy, have read a few Austen books (meh) and other than that, haven’t read any of these. Nor do I really feel compelled to 😉

  2. I really enjoyed Graceling; ignore the popularity and the awful book trailer and give a shot. (And heck, if you still can’t bring yourself to, Cashore’s third book will deal with the very aptly named Bitterblue, who witnessed terrible things as a child.)

    Because of the awful The Paladin, I’m looking askance at C. J. Cherryh at the moment, I have to admit.

  3. I love this! I have many of the same ones, except that I actually don’t want to read Ulysses and do not anticipate that I will ever read it. As for Mary Renault being depressing – for a book about a gay soldier during World War II, The Charioteer is about as undepressing as it could be. I know that’s not super reassuring, but like, Mary Renault could have made that book seriously grim, and she did not. She just made it interesting. Promise.

  4. I feel like I should do a post like this, though my list would be VERY different from yours. I still need to read Jane Eyre, though I guess I’m spoiled still I read Fforde’s The Eyre Affair.

  5. Oh, I love Francesca Lia Block but I think her style is definitely one you have to already be somewhat in tune with to really connect with; a sort of a dreamy, other-worldly poetic vibe, fairy-tales for contemporary life. The Weetzie Bat series is fantastic, but I also really like Violet and Claire and Wasteland.

    (Time for some rereads of these ones I think, as well as tracking down any I haven’t read yet!)

  6. Almost every book on your list is on mine except Hunger Games and Harry Potter. You really should read the last three books of the HP series, not because they’re popular but because they are better than the first four books. I definitely agree with you when it comes to William Gibson. Yeesh! I don’t have enough brain cells to even BOTHER picking up one of his books.

  7. I agree that you should read The Hunger Games because it’s good! As for Jane Austen, I am a huge fan. The only book of hers that I did not enjoy all that much was Sense and Sensibility. The others are all fantastic, with Emma and Mansfield Park being my favorites.

  8. Yes, you should read The Hunger Games! But also – The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, if you haven’t yet. Thanks to Jenny I’m spewing its praises left and right.

    I looooove Jane Eyre, so I’m also casting my vote for that one.

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