There are a countless number of books in the world. However, no matter how hard I try, it will be impossible for me to read even half of them, maybe not even a quarter of them (an upsetting thought I know).
That’s why books tend to be listed into “must-reads” – so it’s easier for book readers to ensure they read the ‘best’ while they still have the chance.
I’ve read a lot of these “must-read” titles over the years, but there’s still some books I haven’t read yet – must to the horror of my fellow book-readers! Here are 10 “must read” books that I just haven’t got around to yet…I’m sorry….
1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I read The Hobbit when I was younger and absolutely fell in love with it – but for some reason I never progressed to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’ve seen the films, so I know the story, but still haven’t appreciated the original tales in their original form.
2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
I don’t understand the hype because I’ve never read Where the Wild Things Are – isn’t it a children’s picture book? Like The Gruffalo (which is awesome BTW)?
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I LOVE science fiction. Yet I still haven’t read this book that pops up just about everywhere. Why? I have no idea. Everything I have heard about Hitchhiker’s Guide is amazing (and I’ve heard that the number 23 is important?) – I just need to grab a copy and read it!
4. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I’m pretty sure everyone else has read this book except me. I know the story, obviously, but I still haven’t read it for myself. I think because I knew it would be a bit of an emotional read, I kept putting off; then I recently heard that the diary had been edited by her Dad before its release and that he had chosen which bits to keep and remove – and that was disappointing. I’m sure I’ll get round to it eventually….
5. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
I literally know nothing about this book apart from that fact that it is on every “must read” list out there – so it must be good. I need to read this at some point so I can find out what all the fuss is about.
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I think every other school in my County had this as a book of study except the school that I attended. Again, I actually don’t know anything about the story in Of Mice and Men, except that it involved two brothers? Is that right?
7. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
I have wanted to read this ever since I watched The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), because it’s such an interesting premise. I haven’t quite found the time to delve into it yet – but I will!
8. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
I know, I know. I’ve read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies but I’ve never actually read the original Pride & Prejudice. That’s something of a crime amongst book-people isn’t it?
9. Anything by Charles Dickens
Yes, that’s right. Despite being a Dickens myself, I have never read anything by Charles Dickens. I know the stories and have seen the films, but the books themselves always seemed a bit ‘heavy’ and daunting at the time.
10. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This has been on my wishlist for YEARS. And yet for some unbeknownst reason I STILL haven’t read it. It’s even more frustrating because I know I’d really enjoy it – someone please lend me a copy?!