3 Books I Should Have Read But Haven’t

26/07/2014 Lists, Literature 2

Everyone has those books; the ones it seems everyone else has read, or has at least pretended to have read, or those that you like the look of but just haven’t got round to yet (and I have a pretty extensive ‘to-read’ list!). These are my top three:

3. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger

Supposedly the coming-of-age novel, this feels like one I should have read. I have the book and started it once… but I have to admit, I just couldn’t get into it, despite everyone I know who has read it having raved about it. Maybe one day I’ll persevere!

2. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Seen as it was so critically acclaimed, is right up my street (I love anything Tudor related!) and has been sat on my shelf for the last six months, you’d have thought I’d have read this one. I definitely intend to, and soon!

1. 1984 by George Orwell

As an English Literature student, I definitely should have read this one, especially as I have been getting into the recent wave of dystopian fiction, and this is a classic. It’s yet another book I’ve been meaning to get around to for a long time but just haven’t. I guess I’d better get on Amazon…

2 Responses to “3 Books I Should Have Read But Haven’t”


    Igrew up in D.C> and visited NY often, I read Catcher in the Rye when I was 17 and since I was very familiar with NY , I identified with bits of it. As it is far from current I can easily imagine that it will not impact younger generations, I read it in the 70s….Now 1984…. well that I think will be a classic for all for ever….

  2. Boatsagainstthecurrent

    I think that was the problem with The Catcher In The Rye. I just couldn’t really identify with it and it didn’t seem to be going anywhere, so I never really got into it. Maybe one day I will read the whole of it, but I definitely intend to read 1984, and soon!

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