“I can learn to live with guilt. I don’t care about being good.”
– Holly Black, Red Glove
Last Sunday my friend was over and I was showing her my TBR pile. On top is a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. She looked at me in surprise and exclaimed, “how have you not read that book?” It’s a very good question – how have I made it though high school and an English degree and still not read it? I don’t have the answer; its not like I have gone out of my way to avoid it. I have owned a copy since I was fifteen years old yet somehow, it has never been something I have picked up.
We all have those books, the guilty ones that we think we should have read but haven’t. Surprisingly, I have quite a few. They are mostly classics as I try a little harder to keep up with the contemporary trends. The three I feel are my worst offences are:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (I don’t even own this one!)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
If I’m honest, I haven’t read any Dickens… not fully anyway! At university I read plenty of extracts from all the literary favourites but I never went on to finish the whole book.
However, there is a flip side – there are many books that I don’t want to admit to reading. They shall remain nameless for now… one day I might jump on my soapbox!
Over to you, what books do you feel like you should have read? Go on… confess! Name three if you can!