Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read

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At this point, I think the fact that I love making lists has been properly established. Let’s make another one!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about two things: books I have yet to read and the size of my TBR pile. I personally tend to take a lot of pride in the fact that I love to read and in the amount of books that I consume on a regular basis. I also enjoy the fact that I have a wide literary knowledge. As readers yourselves, I’m sure you know the feeling; each book read is like a new badge of honor we get to pin on our shirts.

And though it may seem silly, I think a lot of avid readers can identify with the slight feeling of pressure to read certain novels. These can either be novels that are considered to be “classics” and expected to be in the repertoire of any proclaimed bibliophile, or they can be novels that are simply wildly popular within the book community. Either way, we feel that, to fully embrace our bookishness, we should read these stories.

Truthfully, it’s completely ridiculous to feel pressured into reading something; there is absolutely no set of rules or reading requirements you have to meet to be a true booklover. But even though I don’t particularly feel like I have to read certain books, there are still a few I have been meaning to read and am totally ashamed, as a book nerd, that I haven’t yet.

Since my TBR has been getting out of control, I figured it was about time to take myself on a bit of a guilt trip. So today, I thought I would make up a list of the books that I can’t believe I haven’t read yet.

  1. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

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Hitchcock is one of my favorite directors, and he made this classic story into an absolutely spectacular film (which I have seen far too many times to count). Even though I am definitely a hopeless romantic, when it comes to books, I tend to not be the biggest romance fan, or at least to be very picky about romance in novels. But this is one of my favorite romantic tales and I need to read it soon.

  1. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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This is a classic story and was one of my all-time favorite movies growing up. I finally bought myself a copy of this book, and am incredibly eager to read it. I can’t wait to see how the book compares to the movie, and to experience this story again in a whole new way.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I have actually not yet read a book by John Green. This is relatively awkward being an avid reader and a (ahem…quite frequent…) viewer of Youtube videos. Frankly, I think the main reason I haven’t gotten around to reading this yet is the daunting amount of mental and emotional preparation I will need to go through before doing so! In other words: I am not ready for the feels!

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I am incredibly ashamed to admit that I have never read a book by J.R.R Tolkien, nor have I seen any of the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit films. As a fantasy lover and book/movie nerd, not to mention an aspiring author and filmmaker, I need to rectify this immediately!

  1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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This is an incredibly popular novel and one that I have been very interested to read for a while now. I know a bit about this man’s story, and what he experienced and survived during and after World War II is absolutely astonishing and inspiring. I know that this will be a difficult read, but I also think it is an extremely important read, and I hope to get to it soon.

  1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

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I’ve already touched on my guilt about not having read this book in my last Top 10 Tuesday post, but I felt it still deserved to be put on this list. Though I’ve been interested to read this story for ages, I’ve never gotten around to picking it up. This is one that I hope to check off my reading list before the end of the year.

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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This is a novel I really should have read already…because school! However, I ended up missing it due to changing schools between ninth and tenth grade. Even though I always hear very mixed opinions of it, this is definitely a story that sounds intriguing to me and I want to give it a try.

  1. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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This is another one that I somehow missed out on reading in school. As both a book lover and a writer, I’ve desperately wanted to read a Steinbeck novel for years now, but have not yet. Definitely high priority on my TBR.

  1. Misery by Stephen King

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Even though I have only read one book and a few short stories by him, Stephen King is a favorite author of mine, and a big inspiration for my own writing. This is another case of a book that I have not read that was a favorite movie of mine growing up. Misery is an absolutely fantastic story (and film), and it is completely outrageous that I haven’t gotten around to actually reading it yet!

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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This is by far the most embarrassing unread book that I have on my TBR. It was always an option on summer reading lists in my later years of school and I’ve seen the movie (yes, I saw it before reading the book. Bad Ari!), but I still have not read it. I do, however, leave it sitting among my other books in a way where I can easily see it every day and feel the shame. I am absolutely determined to get to this book before the end of the year!

What popular books have you been meaning to read but haven’t gotten around to yet? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comments!

-Ariana

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18 thoughts on “Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read

  1. I haven’t read any of the Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare. Really should get to them, but my TBR pile is quiet large and I always (for some reason) choose other books to read.

    Also I nominated you for the Encouraging Thunder Award! 🙂

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    • That and The Infernal Devices are two other series I really need to get to as well. I can’t believe I’ve gone all these years with out giving them a try. It’s been the same with me where I keep telling myself to pick one up and then I end up putting it off for something else.

      I’ve just seen! Thank you so much for nominating me! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! 🙂
      I need to get to The Infernal Devices series as well. I always hear about Cassandra Clare’s novels all the time, but I’ve not yet read any!
      Oh man, that makes me feel so much better! I thought I was just about the only one in the world who hasn’t read that! Haha 😀

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  2. You know, I haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars, and I don’t intend to. It’s one of those books that isn’t really interesting to me, and even if it were, I doubt that it would be able to live up to the hype. Hopefully you enjoy it when you get to it, though.

    I really love The Princess Bride, though. The book and the movie are, I think, equals; if they had to be different, I would say the book is better only because it has more backstory.

    I need reread Flowers for Algernon. It’s a sad one, but really interesting.

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    • The Fault in Our Stars and really all of his books are ones that I’ve been debating about for a long time. I like John Green and I know this and his books are really popular and supposed to be quite good. However, I think I feel the same way as you; The Fault in Our Stars is not really the type of story I usually like to read and the hype also puts me off a bit. I haven’t been able to get myself in the mood to read it yet, but I’ll probably try it out at some point just to see what its like.

      I am so excited to read both The Princess Bride and Flowers for Algernon! 😀 Those are books that I’ve had on my TBR for far too long.

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