Everyone Has Read These But Me, Or So It Seems

My Bookman and I went for a lovely bike ride today. During our ride he asked what I planned to blog about later. I replied that I hadn’t thought of anything yet and asked if he had any requests or suggestions. He suggested a list of books I had not read that it seemed everyone else had. Hmm, sounds good to me.

Here then are a dozen books that it seems everyone has read but me:

  1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I have no plan or desire to read this one but when talking face-to-face with people about books they are almost all surprised that I have not read this and insist that I should because it is soooo good. I’ve have become adept at saying “it’s just not my cup of tea.”
  2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I hadn’t originally ever planned to read this one but it does sound good so I will be diving in sometime.
  3. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. I have no idea why I have not read this. Atwood is one of my favorite authors and this gets raves. It might be because sometimes when everyone raves about a book I get a stubborn contrariness and refuse to jump on the bandwagon. I know, pretty stupid in this case. I’ll get to it one of these days.
  4. The Road Cormac McCarthy. Seems like if someone hasn’t read this they have at least seen the movie. I have neither read it nor seen the movie. I do believe I have a copy of the book somewhere. I think it’s such a downer of a book I have been waiting for the right moment to read it. But I am beginning to think there is no right moment. Ok, maybe not a good idea to read it if I’m feeling sad, but otherwise it probably won’t make a difference.
  5. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. I meant to read this when it first came out and the fatwa against Rushdie was issued. I wanted to be seen reading it in public to support intellectual freedom. I was in college at the time though and had no money and had to get it from the library but there were so many holds on it that I just eventually gave up and never read it. I own a copy now but still haven’t read it.
  6. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. I have no intention of reading this book even though I have heard it is actually pretty good. I feel with its success and the movie and all the knock offs that I know everything there is to know about it so don’t have to read it.
  7. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I meant to read this one when it was still new. My husband read it and liked it. But other things caught my attention and I never got around to it. Not sure that I will now since I kinda already know what happens.
  8. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It seems like everyone read this when it came out a few years ago and there was lots of buzz. It just never caught my fancy. Not sure if I will ever manage to get around to reading it.
  9. Beloved by Toni Morrison. I am slightly embarrassed I haven’t read this one. It’s a modern classic right? They even teach it in schools these days. I saw the movie but that doesn’t count. I want to read it but there are so many other books I want to read too and you know how the longer you don’t do something the harder it is to do it gets to be? That’s what is happening with this book.
  10. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. I have always intended to read this and I can’t say why I haven’t. You know the saying the road to Hell is paved with good intentions? Well my road to Hell is paved with all the books I meant to read but never got around to and with each step a different book will be scolding me and telling me how I missed out and aren’t I sorry now?
  11. The Hours by Michael Cunningham. I made the mistake of seeing the movie first and it totally put me off the book. I know the book is good. I just haven’t been able to get past Nicole Kidman and her fake nose.
  12. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. I read her book Housekeeping in a women’s lit class in college and liked it lots so I was so excited when this book came out and I was going to read it, I really was. I don’t know why I never did. I still want to read it. I’ll have to dig it out from its hiding place and make sure it makes it onto the reading soon pile. Yes, I have a reading soon pile. Doesn’t everyone?

There they are, twelve books books I haven’t read but it seems everyone else has. What books are on your list?

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