It’s time to confess …

“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!

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9 thoughts on “It’s time to confess …

  1. So many books I should have read….I agree with you on The Catcher in a The Rye. I have read the other two on your list, To Kill a Mockingbird many, many times. Back to me, three I should have read:
    1. Pride & Prejudice – I have seen various movie versions but never read the book. Which is unusual for me as I am more likely to want to read the book before seeing the movie. I could probably list a whole heap of other classics that I should have read, and have always meant to read, but haven’t done so yet.

    2. The Harry Potter series – I feel like everyone, young and old read this series and loved it. I was just never into it.

    3. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – this was one that everyone was reading when I was at school and talking about it and reading the other books in the series and again, I never got into it.

    There’s so many more. And there are so many I probably shouldn’t have wasted time reading!

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    • Oh, I haven’t read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy either! It is in the never ending TBR pile! I do adore Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter, so very much! However I do understand that it is not everyone’s cup of tea…..

      Which P&P adaptation do you like the best? I rather like the Hollywood version as the Mr Darcy in it is more like the one in my head… which makes my friends very angry because apparently Colin Firth is the ONLY Mr Darcy…

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  2. Thats easy I dont like the Victorian novelists. I’ve read one Austen, one Dickens and one Bronte. Thats it. I have no desire to read any more. Having said that please read To Kill a Mockingbird. It has to be one of my top ten, a beautiful book.

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    • The classics are hard work, particularly those from the Victorian era.. I agree! in sating that, I do love Austen’s books. The only one I have never been able to read is Mansfield Park. I cannot get past the first chapter!

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  3. I haven’t read the Harry Potter series my kids all have but I think Im a bit past them. I cant read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and anything by Ben Elton. I really enjoy the Victorian Classics however as to me they truly are a window into another world. Victorian science fiction like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne are captivating and a fascinating study into what the scientists of that era were dreaming about and what has eventuated since those books were written.

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    • Although I will never judge someone for not reading Harry Potter I truly believe there is no age that you are ‘past’ anything! My nan was nearly 80 and she absolutely loved them! Unfortunately I struggle reading Science Fiction so I have not had the pleasure of reading H.G Wells or Jules Verne.

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      • One day when I have a long break I may well have to attempt the Harry Potter Series. There is also an “Englishness” about them which I like in books so I wont shut them out of my life.
        I agree that a lot of science fiction is a bit too out there and I don’t read a lot of the current or contemporary science fiction.

        What I like is reading the older books from the 1800’s through to about twenty years ago and see where the fiction has become fact or how close it is to becoming so, even from a societal point of view not just the technological. American authors like Isaac Asimov, Karl Sagan and Phillip K Dick as well as the British author Arthur C. Clarke wrote about future societies and incorporated that into the technological ideas. They were in many ways “futurists”. These days there is a career path for “futurists” as an extrapolation of those whose careers are demographers. Its a fascinating area. Also many of the science fiction movies of the last few years have been adaptations of either short science fiction stories or novels.

        I hope you had a great birthday and weekend.

        Cheers,

        Patrick.

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