Thursday, March 5, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: The Best Books I've Never Read

We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from them. Or just that they’re supposed to be worthy. We just … haven’t gotten around to them yet.

What’s the best book that YOU haven’t read yet?

I have a lot of great books just waiting for me on my bookshelves. Here are just a few of them.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I've read nearly all of L.M. Montgomery's books with one very glaring omission: I've never read the Anne books. I'm not exactly sure how I managed to accomplish this, since I love the rest of her work and absolutely devoured it as a child and young teenager. I know I watched the movies quite a bit as a child (I think I wore out our library's Anne of Avonlea VHS) and I wonder if that had something to do with it. Perhaps I was more eager to read stories I wasn't already so very familiar with?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I've been interested in this book since it showed up as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I bought a copy the week it was released, but haven't had time to read it. I don't think I've read a truly negative review of this one yet. I love that correspondence is central to the book, since letter writing truly is a dying art. I've also seen favorable comparisons to 84, Charing Cross Road; which is high praise indeed.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Quoting a Sherlock Holmes story in the title of your book practically guarantees that I will buy it. (Especially when the Holmes short story quoted -- "Silver Blaze"-- ranks among my favorites.) Having an autistic main character will further pique my interest. I'm hoping to finally get to this book sometime over the summer.

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is probably my favorite writer of all-time. My eighth grade teacher got me hooked on the Sherlock Holmes stories, and I've read many of Doyle's non-Holmes short story collections. I have not, however, read The Lost World or any of the other Professor Challenger stories. I hope to remedy this in 2009.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I think just about everyone who has seen my bookshelves has commented on this book. They tell me how much they loved it. They tell me that someone recommended it to them. One person recited the first 25 digits of pi upon seeing this book on my shelf. (He lost me after the sixth.)

Persuasion by Jane Austen
I try to read at least two Jane Austen books per year. Last year it was Emma and Northanger Abbey. For some reason, I've never read Persuasion, which is thought by many to be her best work. This review on LibraryThing really struck a chord with me, particularly this statement: "The age at which most reader girls are tearing through Jane Austen is far, far too young for this book. I just wish I could mail every woman a copy in her twenty-seventh year." Anne Elliot is 27 in Persuasion. I turn 27 this year. Guess what I will likely be reading the week of my birthday?


  1. I like The Curious's not my usual genre, but I love it.

  2. wow, I would find this a very difficult question to answer. I loved Guernsey, loved Curious Incident. Now I have read all the Sherlock Holmes but none of his non Sherlock I believe. i will certainly have to check out The Lost World!

  3. I'm going to be getting installments of Persuasion through DailyLit.

    I've given you an award here:

  4. What a great list, although I have not read any of them but I've heard good things about some of them.. good luck :)

  5. I wish I'd read Anne of Green Gables as an early teen. I never did and I suspect I wouldn't like it as much now as I would have then.

  6. Guernsey is on my list as well.

  7. The Anne of Green Gables series is so dreamy. I read them as a teenager, after watching the series on the Disney Channel. Now, I'm a 30-somehting, and am listening to the LibriVox recordings of the books. I still enjoy them just as much.

    The Curious Incident is one of my favorites from recent years. Such a refreshing approach to a mystery and such a wonderful main character.

    Persuasion is in my TBR pile for this year also. Looks like you have much to enjoy.

  8. Oh, I hope you read Anne. She's one of my favorites!

  9. Great list of books. I totally forgot about Doyle's Lost World. That is one I want to read. My BTT post is


    Have a great weekend.