I borrowed this nifty idea from Daphne of Nevertravelled’s Blog, who borrowed it from Stefanie of So Many Books. Basically, this is a list of books that it feels like “everyone” has read except for me.
1. Animal Farm by George Orwell – I read 1984 in high school as required reading, but was never assigned Animal Farm. I have about zero interest in reading it now. I feel some aversion to it because I know it’s allegorical, and I tend to think that allegorical works will distancing and too ‘instructional’ somehow for my tastes. That said, I do enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia, so it’s not a clear-cut preference.
2. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – I think I’m too old for this book now.
3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Even after seeing so many glowing reviews, including reviews that said, yes, actually it lives up to the hype, I just can’t seem to muster any urgency about reading it. I think that I probably will read it . . . someday.
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – I tried this in high school and it didn’t quite click. I’ve picked up on a lot of the references (“42”) and yet have not read the source material.
5. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – There is no real reason that I haven’t read this yet, as I think I’d like it. However, I don’t tend to blind-buy books a lot, and I’d probably have to put myself on a long library waiting list to check it out.
6. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – I know it’s about a tiger and a boy and a boat. Because that is what is on the cover.
7. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger – I don’t think this book is so much discussed anymore, but I remember feeling like “everyone” had read it because I think most of my family had at the time.
8. The Sweetness at the Bottom of Pie by Alan Bradley – I actually own this one and now I see reviews of the sequel all over the place, so I feel a bit behind. 🙂
9. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen – Despite my tendency not to blind-buy books, I’ve come sooo close to buying this book in airport bookstores.
10. any book by Margaret Atwood – I started reading The Handmaid’s Tale, but it was college and I really didn’t have the time. Years later and I still haven’t read anything by her although she is such an admired and beloved writer by many.
So will you show me that I’m not alone in the comments or confirm my suspicions? Also, feel free to throw in some titles of books that you haven’t read that “everyone” else has.