I consider myself passionate about books. I have read and enjoyed a lot of books. I talk about books, think about books, and generally have an appreciation of all things book related. Except I carry around a dark secret. Come on book lovers, we all have these. I am talking about that list of books you haven’t read. I know most of us go around talking about all the books we love and hate. We even seek out what books we should read next. One thing most of us don’t talk about is that list of books we haven’t read and are embarressed we haven’t read them. We make excuses, we tell ourselves we should read them, and we may have the best intentions of doing so, but we just don’t get around to it. The list haunts us and follows us.
This came to light a few weeks ago. I was in a Target with a friend and we were in the book section. My friend picks up a Harry Potter book and starts saying something about it. I say “I haven’t read any Harry Potter books” and she looks at me like I am some sort of mutant from another planet. I start to stammer and make up excused why I haven’t read any yet. Just like any great book lover, she isn’t hearing of it. She says “well you must pick one up immediately”. Yet, I still haven’t. Instead of listing all my reasons why I haven’t, I decided to just do it. List the books I am embarressed to admit I haven’t read yet. So here goes.
Harry Potter series
The Lord of the Rings series
Anything by Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Book Thief
Anything by Charles Dickens
Anything by William Shakespeare, except Romeo and Juliet
Ok, don’t just judge. What are some books you are embarressed to admit you still have not read?