Books I’m Embarrased I Haven’t Read

Top Ten TuesdayThis 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.

  1. 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)
  2. Beloved, by Toni Morrison: I’m sorry.
  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez: Again, I’m sorry.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.



  1. Definitely no need to be embarrassed. I can say that there are books on here that I haven’t read either. When I was younger, I didn’t expand my reading pallette if you will, lol. Now that I am older, I am making up for lost time!

    Don’t worry, I won’t tell if you won’t tell! 🙂


    1. I’m doing the same thing. I read so much when I was younger, but nothing considered a necessary read unless I was forced to. I’m making up for lost time!

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  2. I wanted to say ‘Don’t be embarrassed,’ but I’m the exact same way with some (a lot) of books. In fact, I have all of the books you listed here except one, and I have only read three of them myself! I think I read Pride and Prejudice during college, but more likely I read just bits and pieces. From your list I DO highly recommend Henrietta Lacks. I also read it because everyone kept raving about it, but I wasn’t totally enthusiastic because I wasn’t into science. It ended up being one of my favorite books of all time and I couldn’t put it down. I am also embarrassed about not having read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings but most of all I’m embarrassed about not having read To Kill a Mockingbird. I do feel that you don’t have to read anything that you really don’t think you’d like though (like The Help). There are so many great books out there!

    Btw, I love the focus of your blog. Thank you for your follow from a few months ago. For personal reasons I haven’t blogged in the last year but I’m hoping to start up again this month!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading! Some of these books I feel embarrassed about because I think they’re the inspiration for contemporary books that I love! Theres an understanding that I may those books that I may be missing because I haven’t read the classics that came before them, if that makes sense. But youre completely right; life is too short to constantly read books out of obligation!

      Can’t wait to see more from you this month!


  3. It’s rather amusing that we all have books we are “embarrassed” not to have read. Fact of the matter is: there’s just so many damn books to read with more being published every day!

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  5. The amount of must-reads that I haven’t read is an endless list, but this idea is awesome. I’ve only read Pride and Prejudice (on your list), but I’ve just recently bought The Help and own some of the other books on your list.

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  6. Ha, the only people I look down on regarding books are the ones who tell me “Oh, I don’t read.” (Yes, that’s really happened!) If people started judging me based on what I haven’t read, I’d be in serious trouble! Re The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — I’d been wanting to get to that one but I’m never all that motivated to pick up non-fiction, but I finally decided to listen to the audiobook, and I’m in the middle of it now! I’m a Jane Austen fan, but I know she’s not for everyone. 🙂 Oh, and I started One Hundred Years of Solitude years ago and never finished it. I know everyone says it’s brilliant, but I just couldn’t deal at the time.


  7. Don’t be embarrassed!! There’s a few of these books in my collection I haven’t read either…lol. We will get through it! I think Black History Month is a good opportunity to bring these out *stealing idea* lol!!

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  8. Cara Forbes - Diversity In All Seriousness

    Love this list! Don’t be embarrassed about not having read some of them. I’m a Literature major and there are some books on this list that I’ve never gotten around to (or even heard of). If you want to do a read-along of Toni Morrison’s book with me for the Diversity On The Shelf challenge, I’d be totally game. I’m working on Interpreter of Maladies right now and am a bit of a slow reader, so it may be a while.

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    1. I’d completely be down for a read along!

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      1. Cara Forbes - Diversity In All Seriousness

        Oh sweet! Feel free to contact me about it so we can brainstorm how and when to go about it. My info can be found on the contact page of my blog site.

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