New favourite

A while back a story was doing the rounds regarding books we all say we’ve read but in honesty never had. Anna Karenina topped so many people’s list and it sits there, proud as punch on mine. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started it – four? 15? Watching this I am compelled to try again and throw off the sensation I got every other time of being in an over-heated, over-furnished, stuffy drawing room in ill-fitting clothing and unable to draw breath.

In the meantime, what books are there that you say you have read or better yet, think you “should” have read but never have?

Me:
War & Peace
Anna Karenina
Cloudstreet

just off the top of my head.

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  • I’ve read Anna K but not War & Peace and I cannot bear Tim Winton so I’ll proudly wear my non-Cloudstreet-reader label 🙂

    I have always though I should read Patrick White. And that I should try harder with Dickens and Henry James. Oh yes, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando – always meant to read it, never have.
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  • I’ve never read any James Joyce.
    Trying to read one new Dickens every year, but I read chapter one of Nicholas Nickleby and two months ago and am stuck there!
    Also I never pretend that I haven’t read a book, I just admit it!
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  • I’ve read Anna K but have never read ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ or ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
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  • The fact that the movie has Kiera Knightly in it would all the reason I’d need to read the book.
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  • Everywhere I go I see the book A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. I feel like I’m being stalked (if you can be stalked by a book) and one of these days I’ve got to read it. With a toddler and a baby that sleeps in my bedroom, reading is virtually non-existent at the moment. Though I love to get lost in a novel.

  • Linda

    the stack of ‘waiting to be read’ books on my beside table includes:

    To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (intimidated by it)
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (made it half way though but haven’t touched it since 2009 judging by the bookmark/receipt)
    Paradise Mislaid by Anne Whitehead (don’t know why I haven’t even opened it because it came highly recommended by someone I respect)

    I did force myself to read and finish The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas – I didn’t watch the TV version but I HATED THAT BLOODY BOOK and I am still angry with myself for wasting my time on it.

    Bugger! now I feel guilty so will have to make a start on Paradise Mislaid 🙂

    • I read Christos Tsiolkas’s first book which was awesome. I saw the Slap and found them all so foul there was no way I could read a book of it.

  • I’ve read all three of those books. War and Peace was painful and repetitive, but Anna Karenina and Cloudstreet were truly fabulous. I haven’t read any James Joyce or Don DeLillo. I tried to read one of Don’s books ages ago and I nearly perished with boredom. Still. Every time I go to my local library I go to their secret section where they hold all the donated books they don’t fit into their system. There’s heaps of classics there, and slowly but surely I’m reading more classics.
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  • The Shipping News was that must-read book I’ve never read.
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  • Another not-a-huge-Tim-Winton fan here and I haven’t read Cloudstreet (perhaps I chose the “wrong” Tim Wintons?). Haven’t read W&P but am currently listening to an audio-book of Anna Karenina and LOVING it. I think i may have to read it as well, just so I can re-read lines that take my fancy.
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  • Kim-Marie

    I am such a book geek that I’ve read all of your list, Kim, and I’ve read all the authors listed in your comments so far, except deLillo. Perhaps I need to check a life out of the library?!
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    • I used to be a book geek. I miss that.

      • See, this is where being infertile comes in really handy! We stopped at one kid who happily plays and reads on one sofa, whilst I curl up and read on the other sofa. It’s amazing how much reading you can get done with one kid!

        Mind you, my nursing home fees have to be paid by one kid only. 😉
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        • I only have two home tonight. It’s positively luxurious.

  • I’m another one who’s never read Tim Winton’s ‘Cloudstreet’ but it’s been highly recommended to me by a few people.

    The must-read book I haven’t got to yet is ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini. I even bought it from the second-hand bookshop a while back with every intention to read it but it’s still gathering dust on my beside table!

  • I made myself read all the Lord of the Rings three years ago and hated it, but now ticked off the list. I feel like I should read the Game of Thrones books that are obsessing my 18 year old son, but maybe not. I used to be such a serious reader, now its chicklit before I fall asleep

  • Nicky

    “100 years of solitude” I add the eff word inbetween “of” and “solitude”. My husband’s favourite book and my 1st wedding anniversary present. Eleven years later and I try picking it up every few months but cannot seem to get past page 15. He will probably bring it up in the divorce filing under irreconcilable differences.