Do you remember, when you were younger, how you always wanted to do what everyone else did and have what everyone else had? Well, the topic of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is “Top Ten Books I Feel Everyone Else Has Read But Me”. (Just to remind you, that’s hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.) Now, technically that doesn’t mean they are books we WANT to read, as my opening question would have you believe. And, believe me, there are some books that a lot of people have read that I have no interest in, so there will be both books I want to read and books I DON’T want to read.
1) any of the Lord of the Rings series
Not sure if there really are that many people that have read one or another of this series. But it just seems like a book a lot of people know.
2) Animal Farm or 1984 by George Orwell
As more contemporary British classics, I feel that a lot of people have read these books. Interestingly enough, these British works are popular required readings in American high schools.
3) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
There are so many people out there who have had to read this book for high school–again, possibly an American thing.
4) anything by Dickens, with the exception of A Christmas Carol
I have not read ANYTHING by Dickens, except A Christmas Carol which I read first in 8th grade. I feel like lots of people have at least read something of Dickens’.
5) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
6) Anna Karenina or many other long novels by Russian authors
I am very inexperienced with the Russian authors. Pretty much all I have to my credit is Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol. No Tolstoy. No Dostoevsky.
7) anything by Mark Twain
Yeah, I haven’t read Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn or any of Mark Twain’s work. And, again, this might just make me feel a little like a bad American 😦
8 ) and, since I’m running out of ideas for books I haven’t read, here’s a few books I read recently that I felt everyone but me had read (before reading them, obviously):
–To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
–The Help by Kathryn Stockett
-the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Interestingly enough, those books I feel lots of people have read are older books. Not sure why, but I guess I feel they deserve more due than any newer books a lot of people read. That and I don’t think that brand new books can really prove they are worth everyone reading them until they’ve been around awhile.