OMG you haven’t read that

Mostly so that I can shock some of my poor readers, who seem to falsely believe that I’m actually quite well read, I felt the need to share some books of shame. Book lovers seem to be in a silent, unwritten war to be the better read- not only in the number of books consumed but also in the quality of them. So here are some OMG you haven’t read that moments that have ocurred recently.
1. The Bell Jar– This classic is number one on my list simply because there is a movie adaptation coming out soon and, as you should always read the book before the movie, I need to read this. Also because a friend of mine swears by this book and if I don’t read it he may murder me.
2. 1984– As this book is one that is constantly being quoted by everyone on the planet, and is supposedly
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy– Everyone I speak to is raving about this book, so maybe I should read it too! It’s not really up my street, but with so many people raving about it, I should make the effort.
4. Catch- 22– A fellow blogging friend- wantoncreation– says that this is undoubtedly his favorite book, which means that I really should read it at some point. But I simply haven’t. Just not gotten round to it.
5. Charles Dickens– It’s not that I haven’t read him, more that I have never managed to actually finish him. Ever. I bow to his literary prowess, but I can’t seem to really get into his stories. Then again, it’s been just under a decade since I tried, so maybe it’s time to try again.
Anyone have any books that they are slightly ashamed of having not read?
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14 Comments to “OMG you haven’t read that”

  1. You truly have to get back on that Dickens horse. Truly wonderful writing. Truly insightful passages!
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  2. I recommend Catch-22. Then again I usually recommend things when they get big enough to make a dent in the language. Fair warning, though—it’s incredibly weird. Hilarious in a screwy way. You’ll spend a lot of time going “AHAHAH—what the what?!”

  3. The Bell Jar, Catch-22, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide, I understand. (I haven’t read The Bell Jar). But Dickens, I don’t understand. I constantly have to read Dickens for school, especially Hard Times and Great Expectations. I just assume everyone read Great Expectations.Thank you for clarifying that lol.

    Now, it is my turn. I have never read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen or The War of the Worlds by HG Wells. The first one, I don’t mind so much but Wells, I should really read it because I love his work.

    • Ah, Dickens. I’ve managed to read precious little Dickens (insert obligatory giggle-like-a-twelve-year-old here), mainly because it didn’t really catch my interest when I tried to read it. We didn’t have to read it in class, so we didn’t. I might need to do something about that.

      I’ve never read Finnegan’s Wake. I keep thinking about it, but then I keep getting feedback from people who say ‘DUDE, DON’T.’

      • I enjoyed your giggle, truly, made me feel about 15 again. I find it difficult to get in to. I feel like I need to rev myself up like a car to actually start reading him. I don’t enjoy it.

    • You should read Austen! I love Austen! I really do! I haven’t read Wells either, but I haven’t read his other work so this isn’t particularly bad, but yeah I’ve never actually been obliged to read Dickens so I just never really have. Or I haven’t beyond the first couple of chapters. I love all the TV/ movie adaptations 😛 I’m actually a little ashamed lol.

  4. Ahhhh, all awesome books! 😀 I really want to know what you’d think of Catch 22! 😛

  5. I haven’t read any of these either! And many more that aren’t even mentioned here. I just bought a batch of 20-something Dickens books because they were an absolute bargin deal. The only problem? Like you I am not the biggest fan. Although maybe now I’m older I can appriciate him more :s

  6. 1984 is one of the most enthralling reads, on par with only perhaps The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Needs to be read. Honestly.
    Have tried and failed countless times to enjoy Dickens. I hang my head in shame, but I just can’t… ditto Austen. I love the general ideas behind her works, and they are certainly witty and sharp,.. it just doesn’t read for me. Heaven knows I’ve tried.

    The Communist Manifesto is something I’ve always wanted to read but never got round to it. The closest I’ve come was the various Dada Manifestos, and somehow I don’t think the knowledge gained is transferable…

    Jane Eyre was, until recently, my embarrassingly unread must-read. I finally got round to actually reading rather than pretending I have and I don’t regret a single page, it was wonderful.

    • I completely understand your struggle with Dickens as you may have realised, that said, I did enjoy a Christmas Carol but possibly only because it’s so short it’s impossible for Dickens to prattle on for too long. Jane Eyre is rather wonderful though 🙂

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