This list is going to lessen someone’s opinion of me, I’m sure. I’ve resigned myself to people looking down on me after this post, and that’s just fine. The first step to recovery is recognizing there’s a problem, and that’s what I’m doing right now. Honestly, I own 3/4 of these books, but just haven’t finished them. Some of these are classics, others are written by authors I otherwise love. Regardless, they’re books I know are essential reading.
I’ll get to them someday.
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou: There’s just no excuse for not having read these first three books. I won’t rationalize it– I’ll just make it better and read them this year. (Stay tuned, because this is one of my February Black History Month Reads)
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison: I’m sorry.
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez: Again, I’m sorry.
- War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy: I’ve read excerpts, but never the whole thing. I’ve seen it on a lot of TBR lists this year, though. Maybe that will inspire me to read it as well. Anyone up to do a read-along?
- Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen: I’ve never read anything by Jane Austen, and I highly doubt I’ll ever read much by her. Perhaps I’ll read a book just so I have a taste of what everyone is talking about. But its more more likely I’ll just read/watch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
- Lolita, by Vladimir Naboko: I once knew someone who swore this was the best book ever printed on paper. It’s a classic for sure, and I really should have at least seen the movie. It seems like something I’d enjoy, so I’ll give it a try.
- A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn: I started this book and was absolutely taken aback when my family island, Cat Island, was mentioned on the very first page. I know I have to read the whole thing, it’s just not something I should have tried reading while I was already swamped with school. Now that I’m out, I’ll try again. Just know that I’m far from a history buff, and this type of book takes a long time for me to read.
- The Help, by Kathryn Stockett: I’m not really embarrassed that I haven’t read The Help. There’s really no reason for me to ever read this book, and I probably won’t ever see the movie. Aside from it just not being something that interests me, I’m further turned off by the allegations that Stockett modeled a character after a real family nanny (who knows?). Whether or not the allegations are true, I’d rather stay away from the book as a whole. It’s just not for me. However, everyone expects me to have seen the film and/or read the book, so I included it on this list.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot: I’m extremely embarrassed about this one, but I really just never felt like buying it. When the book was released, I read so many articles about the book, that I didn’t feel like reading the book itself was a high priority. I’m getting to it though, because it’s an incredibly important book to read.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, by J.K. Rowling: As much as I’ve dedicated myself to the Harry Potter Universe… there’s really no excuse for not having bought this book. I know very well that I have to have it before the movie comes out, because Eddie Redmayne is one of my (many) husbands.
What must-read books (classics or contemporary) have you not read? Are any of them being added to your TBR lists for this year? The first three are definitely on my list.