10 “Must Read” Books That I Still Haven’t Read Yet….

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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

LOTR BooksI 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

Where the Wild Things Are

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

Anne Frank's Diary

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

Catch 22

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

Of Mice and Men

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

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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

Lord of the Flies

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?!


  1. I admittedly haven’t read 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10. So it’s not just you! 😉 will try and remedy Steinbeck and Dickens this year

    • Louise Dickens Reply

      So glad it’s not just me! Yes, I am also going to make an effort to read all the books in this list by the end of the year…hopefully I’ll actually find the time!

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