Thursday, March 5, 2009

The best books I've never read...

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We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from them. Or just that they’re supposed to be worthy. We just … haven’t gotten around to them yet.

What’s the best book that YOU haven’t read yet?

Oh my, the list is long. I'd put Ulysses (which I have pledged to Sheila I will read before I'm done with my Ph.D.), Proust, Daniel Deronda, The Pickwick Papers, something by Cynthia Ozick, and Buddenbrooks on the top of the "best" books I've never read list. Updike had been on that list until I read The Witches of Eastwick earlier this year. And if I weren't cleaning up after a bathroom renovation I would probably write more about the whole subject. In the meantime, please click over to my other post today, remembering the late, great Horton Foote - America's Checkhov.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I have been wanting to read Pickwick, too, and Daniel Deronda -- didn't think of those two!

Anonymous said...

I've got so many but when I reflect upon the type of writing style that appeals me the most, I narrow it down to a short list.

At first I couldn't make of the question because it really depends on what best is. I'm reading a very popular book that I'm probably the last person on earth to read it. Gone with the Wind. :)

Seems like the answers today are dominated by chunkster classics.