BTT: Nope. Haven't Read It

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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 quite a few of those on my shelf. It's kind of sad that I haven't read them when I've had them for years.

*Roots by Alex Haley
*Watership Down by Richard Adams
*Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
*The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
*Villette by Charlotte Bronte
*Far From the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Ones I want but don't have yet:
*Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
*Avalon by Anya Seton
*March by Geraldine Brooks
*Many, many more

So have you read any of these? Do you recommend me moving any up on the list? Please comment!


  1. Of the ones I've read on your list, my favorite by far is Far From the Madding Crowd. For some reason that book clicked for me in a way none of Hardy's other works has.

    I also enjoyed Watership Down and March. I loved The Woman in White. You have lots of good reads ahead of you!

  2. I second everything that Meghan said!

    As for me, I've avoided all of the big Russian novels. In fact, I've avoided most novels in translation. I'm thinking, though, that I should read "Madame Bovary."

  3. You will like reading Roots.

  4. I just finished Doctor Zhivago recently -- truly brilliant and very enjoyable. I've also read Villette and Agnes Grey; if I had to choose, I'd say Agnes Grey is a better book (and might be the best book written by any of the Brontes), but Villette is also a great read.

  5. Bluestocking- I attempted Villette once but I mustn't been in the mood.

    Meghan- I know they'll be great once I get to them.

    Rob- I really liked Madame Bovary once I got over Emma's flightiness.

    Gautami- One of these days...

    Calon- Anne is the underrated Bronte. I loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

  6. The one I feel most guilty about is Parting the Waters. It won the Pulitzer Prize as the first in Taylor Branch's trilogy about Martin Luther King. I feel bad because I was diverted about halfway through and haven't developed enough momentum to pick it up again.

  7. I've got Doctor Zhivago on the list too! :)

    I've got so many but when I reflect upon the type of writing style that appeals me the most, I narrow it down to a short list.

    At first I couldn't make of the question because it really depends on what best is. I'm reading a very popular book that I'm probably the last person on earth to read it. Gone with the Wind. :)

  8. I have most of those on my 'hope to read someday' pile, too!

  9. The Woman in White is at the top of my list. I've tried to get through Dr.Zhivago twice now...just can't seem to do it.

  10. Oh read Watership Down but keep the tissues handy! And both the Hardy's are good, Jude would be my pick from those.

  11. Man, I have The Woman in White laying around the house somewhere! I see it on my den shelf! You know I want to read it during October. Hope I remember I said that and finally get it read! :)

  12. I liked Roots. I wasn't aware of the controversy surrounding it until I started researching about halfway through, but I don't think that detracts at ALL from the story. I really enjoyed reading it. It's a big book, but it goes by very quickly because it's not one you want to put down. :)

  13. Watership Down is on my TBR, too.

  14. Read The Woman in White! It's amazing!


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