Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish every Tuesday. Be warned, my entries don’t always follow the prescribed topical schedule of everyone else who participates in the meme because I pick the ones that interest me the most.
I thought that it might be nice to get in on this meme because it provides me with what I think will be a quality column for every Tuesday morning. This week we are delving into ten books I have never read and probably should have by now. You’ll notice that a lot of the books would be considered “classics” that most self-respecting readers have likely read at least once, likely more than once. I offer no excuses as to why I haven’t read this books other than I need to fix the situation.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Length: 1476 pages
This is one of those books I’ve heard everyone talk about, especially women, but never found the time to read because I figured as a guy it wouldn’t interest me all that much. Lately I’ve been led to believe by my wife that I would like this book far more than I realize if I would just pick it up and read it.
There is a decent chance this book will be featured as a BRICK at some point here on the blog.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Length: 540 pages
I consider myself a big science fiction and fantasy fan and not having ever read Dune brings me no small amount of embarrassment and shame if I’m being honest with myself. This is one of those books that every serious science fiction reader should have read.
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Length: 468 pages
Want to know of another classic author of whom I’ve never read a single book? Yep, you guessed it, John Steinbeck. I figure this book is a pretty good place to start if I’m going to expose myself to Steinbeck at some point since people like to talk about it all the time.
1984 by George Orwell
Length: 668 pages
I’ve started this book about a dozen times and always got distracted by reading something else. I don’t think I’ve ever made it past the second chapter during any one of those attempts, so I feel comfortable saying that I’ve never actually read this book at any point. Of course, it’s another one of those must-read types of books for the science-fiction audience.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Length: 1316 pages
I’ve watched the movie based off of this book at least 50 times I love it so much, but I’ve never read the novel. I’ve heard that the book is a billion times better than the movie which would put it pretty close to the stratosphere in terms of awesome if the claim holds true.
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Length: 659 pages
My wife has read this book and all of its sequels and she loves them. I’ve been told by her time and time again that I should step away from my spaceships and dragons and give this book a try but I’ve yet to take the leap.
Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
Length: 7 books
Once again, I’m a science fiction fan and I’ve never read anything by Isaac Asimov? What kind of person am I really? This series is widely regarded as one of the best examples of “true” science fiction writing, so I need to read them at some point.
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Length: 542 pages
I’ve read a little bit of Dickens in the past, but never this one. I always thought Tale of Two Cities was a lot longer of a book than it apparently is, which is probably what kept me from reading it in the past. It’s another one of those classics that I’ve never found the time to read and really should have.
Les Miserábles by Victor Hugo
Length: 1530 pages
This book is huge. I know for a fact that’s the reason I’ve never read it. But, at some point I really should because it is one of those pieces of literature that has had such an impact on culture and society. Perhaps I could manage it if I read it in pieces over a longer period of time.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Length: 306 pages
I have picked this book up at the bookstore so many times I’ve lost count. Everyone says it’s hilarious and awesome, but I just always find something else to read. I think having a book blog now is going to be the reason I finally pick it up at some point.