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?)
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?