Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Definitely Should’ve Read By Now

Every week, The Broke and the Bookish holds Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly booking meme for bloggers. This week, we’re discussing books we can’t believe we haven’t read yet–quintessential reads of genres we’re really into.

And it’s funny, because there are all sorts of running jokes between grad students about things they manged to get to or through graduate school without reading. Especially literature students.

I feelΒ something between shame and pride when I admit, for instance, that I’ve never readΒ The Catcher in the Rye. Here are some others I managed to skip out on:

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  1. There are three or four in there that I haven’t read either. One or two are actually sitting on my bookshelf in the “to be read” pile. I really should get to it. So many books, so little time… πŸ™‚

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  2. I’ve only read Sense and Sensibility out of the books listed. I’ve seen Watership Down like 100 times, but I’m guessing that doesn’t really count?!
    I love this post btw and it has inspired me to think about, and post, my own list of books. Thanks for the idea and hope you don’t mind me borrowing/stealing it? πŸ™‚

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  3. When myself and a couple of others annouced never have read Catcher in my Fiction Writing II class, my professor decided we had to read it. I didn’t like it, I hated Holden. I was told I was probably too old to get it since I was 23 and it’s best to read it when you are Holden’s age. Don’t waste your breath with it.

    I have read parts of Walden in American Lit, again, don’t bother. It put me to sleep. I read Sense and Sensibility on my own, and while I liked it, I consider myself an Austenphile.

    Never read the rest either, but I did read Kuroac’s Dharma Bums for Buddhism in Literature. It was OK. I don’t see what all the fuss is with his stuff.

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    1. I do intend to read Catcher in the Rye, in part because Holden is such a polarized character. People either really love him or really despise him, and that intrigues me.

      I’ve read parts of Walden as well, which I suppose might be the reason I’ve never read the whole thing! lol

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    1. Most of these I’m sure I’ll read at some point, but I just can’t with Gone with the Wind. Living in the deepest of the deep South has killed any appreciation I might’ve been able to give that book or movie–too many women I’ve known obsessed with it, too much kitsch. Even if it’s good, I’ll hate it.

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  4. Shame and guilt, guilt, guilt. Yes to Kafka–and won’t read it again even if you pay me. Way too horrific for my imaginative self! But definitely a thriller (and not too long) if you’re into monsters!
    Elouise

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  5. If you do decide to read any of these, I highly recommend The Iliad (I actually prefer it to The Odyssey, but I know that’s a weird, probably unscholarly opinion to hold). There are several books on your list that I’ve also managed to overlook, but the one I’m most embarrassed about is Ulysses–although *cough* not embarrassed enough to want to read it in the near future.

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    1. haha! Ulysses is one of those books that I really never intend to read, and I’m not apologetic about it at all. It’s long and unwieldy and full of esoteric references. I’ve read excerpts, and I just don’t intend to bother with the whole thing.

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        1. Maybe it’s all the years I spent in grad school. After I left in December, I just don’t care anymore what I’m *supposed* to read. lol

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  6. I was a literature major, too and missed all of the books on your list. I did read the Metamorphosis but it was when my daughter was in high school and had to read it. I used to read her books so that if she needed help, I was there to help…she was in a charter school where she worked at home and met with the teacher once a week so it fell upon me to help her with her work. I also read Catcher In the Rye when my son was in high school and had to read it. He was the star student that never needed my help (except when it came to Latin American and Chicano Lit). However, we always had long talks about what he was studying in school so I picked it up and read it so I would know what all the fuss was about.

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    1. I think it’s really cool that you read along with them when they were reading for school projects. I think that’s a wonderful idea. πŸ™‚

      And even as a specialist, there are only so many books one can read. I haven’t read the books on this list, but of course I’ve read countless others, some classic and some obscure. In some ways it’s the luck of the draw when you’re in school and dealing with required reading.

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  7. I have a list too and there were classics in there too.. And I see your list and I feel like I should include those books in my list as well!!! In reality, there’s no just 10 books that you really should’ve read by now… It’s more like 50 now, 55 tomorrow, and it keeps on piling up! They pile up faster than you can ever read. Too many good books, right?

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  8. I’ve only read two on this list and except for maybe 2 others, I’ll be fine with not reading the others either. I had the same reaction to Catcher in the Rye as JunkChuck. I reread as an adult and just wanted to hoof Holden in the a** for being a whiney little brat.

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    1. Yeah, there are a few of these that I might not ever get around to reading. But there are a few that I actually have copies of and am hoping to read soon!

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  9. I haven’t read any of those books, and more! In high school, during the Junior or Senior year, when you read all of the classics in class, I was invited to participate in a Science Fiction/Fantasy class! So when my fellow students were reading Catcher in the Rye and Shakespeare, I was reading The Hobbit and Arthur C Clarke!

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    1. That sounds like an amazing opportunity! And honestly, The Hobbit is on my list of Things People Should Read, as are a lot of other sci fi/fantasy books! I just sort-of marvel that I got a grad school education in literature without having to read some of these. lol

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  10. My midlife crisis, if this counts, has been realizing that I do not have time left to read all the books I always thought I’d read “someday.” But perhaps that’s okay–when I was 15 and read Catcher in the Rye I thought it was the greatest book ever written. I recently started to read it again, but put it aside. At my age, I have no time for mopey teenagers. I found myself thinking that I’d like nothing better than to smack Holden Caulfield in the back of the head a few times and tell him to “suck it up.”

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    1. Yeah, I know that I’m never going to be able to read all the books and see all the films I should. Or go all the places I should. Maybe that’s part of both the tragedy and joy of being human, and I suppose that it accounts for why some things are so beautiful to us at one point in our lives but grate on us at other times.

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  11. I love Watership Down/Richard Adams. Also, The Plague Dogs of his is really good–you might like that. The animated movies of both those books are good as well (says the “I-won’t-watch-the-movie-if-read-the-book-first”.).

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    1. I’ve heard really good things about both of those, and I do want to read them, especially Watershipdown. I vaguely remember seeing, and being frightened by, the cartoon when I was a kid, but little more than that it had scary rabbits in it.

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  12. I don’t even want to think about all the books I should have read by now. My pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

    Out of all those books you list, I’d put the Iliad at the top of your queue for its importance. Although to be honest, I’d probably end up reading Sense and Sensibility first because it’s so fun. I agree with Lily, it’s my favorite of Austen’s.

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    1. πŸ™‚ The Iliad is definitely on the TBR list. It just keeps getting moved around, unfortunately, as the pile does get bigger and bigger!

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  13. I definitely have a few of these on my list, although I have read Catch-22 (it’s my favourite ever book), Slaughterhouse-Five (it’s one of my favourites), The Iliad (yeah…I’m one of THOSE nerds) and The Metamorphosis I read at university. Actually it was my very first university text…I was only 17 and wondered what on earth I had just gotten myself into!
    Ulysses has long been on my list as one I really want to read but just haven’t gotten around to it. Catcher In The Rye as well. Then there’s some I tried but gave up on, like War and Peace (after being introduced to approximately 57,876 characters in the first hundred pages or so, I felt it wasn’t quite going anywhere (I also read a great summary of it which simply read “It’s about Russia”)).

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    1. My copy of War and Peace had a nice book mark with all the characters names listed, along with a short description of each. I was so grateful for this!

      War and Peace gets easier the further you go along. The scenes start to focus on the main characters and you get invested in them, but this does take a while.

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      1. haha! That sounds like a good thing to have when reading the book. My first copy of A Clockwork Orange came with a similar thing, but it was actually a bookmark with terms used in the book. SO handy!

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    2. I actually have a copy of Catch-22, Catcher in the Rye, and Slaughterhouse Five. A few years ago a bought copies of some must-reads, but I didn’t have time to read them because I was in in grad school and doing tons of required reading for that. lol Now that I’m done with all of that, they’re back up on my TBR list. I’m particularly excited about Slaughterhouse Five.

      Ulysses is a book that I’ve avoided, and I probably will continue to do so. lol I enjoyed a few of James’s short stories, but the book is so large and sprawling, and not in a way that I especially enjoy. Same with War and Peace.

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      1. Haha, yeah that sounds like a familiar story to me! I have quite a few classics that I haven’t read due to similar reasons. Slaughterhouse Five is great but a bit odd in places. But compared to most of Vonnegut’s work is relatively normal! πŸ˜›
        A lot of people seem to avoid Ulysses. I’ve known some people try it and give up, while others say it is their favourite. One day I’m going to try it, but when I do I’m going to dedicate myself properly to finishing it quickly. Not in a rush, but just not reading 20 pages here and there – I think it wouldn’t work being read that way. Or maybe I’m overthinking it.

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        1. Yeah, I think if you’re going to read Ulysses, you have to do it all in one go and as quickly as possible. If you try 10 or 20 pages here and there, you’ll be reading the book for a few years. lol

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  14. I hear you! I have a similar list. Maybe I’ll catch up on day, but I’ve gotten into a phase where I don’t feel any shame in rereading something I enjoy instead of picking up an “oughta” book.

    But I hope you enjoy Sense and Sensibility if you do decide to read it. It’s one of my favs from Austen. πŸ™‚

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    1. Now that I’m not in school, I’m beginning to panic less about the books that I “must read” and enjoy reading in a different way again.

      Sense and Sensibility isn’t high on the TBR list–when it comes down to it, I’m not that fond of novels of manners, though I’ve read a fair few. But one day I might, just because I ought to. I’ve always heard it was better than Pride and Prejudice, which I didn’t like very much.

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  15. I don’t want to sound smug, but I’ve read most of those. The one I hadn’t read until last year was Kerouac’s On the Road – and I didn’t rate it at all! Sometimes, there are some books that you need to read at the right time in your life, or the moment is gone forevermore.

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    1. Honestly, I think a lot of people have read a lot of these books, and I don’t think it sounds smug to say so. πŸ™‚ I tried to choose books that were ubiquitous and would surprise people for a well-versed person not to have read. I have a master’s degree in literature and almost finished a PhD in literature, so I have read a lot of obscure books but missed a few classics along the way. Some of these are books I want to read eventually, though a few (Gone with the Wind and Sense and Sensibility) I may never read.

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        1. πŸ™‚ I think everyone has.

          And I dunno—I’ve grown up in the shadow of the book and film, here in the South, and it’s just—I’m just not sure. Maybe let sleeping dogs lie.

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  16. If I had a list, it would look similar…except Watership Down. (It was a horrifying book!) I saw copies of Gone with the Wind for $1 at a thrift store recently…I still managed to not pick up a copy. πŸ˜‰

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    1. haha! Yes, I have managed not to see the film, either, despite being from the South and living in either Mississippi, Louisiana, or Georgia all my life. It just never really interested me—even less so when there were a thousand people clamoring about it.

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