Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday Rewind: Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

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This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a Rewind, so we get to choose from any previous topic that we want to do again or might have missed. I chose Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read.

I honestly can't believe I've never even cracked the cover of a Sherlock Holmes novel. I'm such a huge mystery fan, this seems so wrong. The closest I've been to Holmes is saying, "No shit, Sherlock," to someone stating the obvious.

I've never read Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, not even in high school. I'm fairly certain this is some crime among book lovers.

Believe it or not, I've never read an Agatha Christie novel featuring Hercule Poirot. I've read some of her Miss Marple books, but not a single Poirot novel.

Much to even my astonishment, I've never read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Gasp! I know. When I promoted this novel for the 20th anniversary of its release, so many reviewers told me I had to read it before the end of the year. I had plans to, but then my life got crazy and tackling an 800+ page book wasn't going to happen. It's still in the back of my mind for when I have some free time.

Though required reading in some of our high school English classes, I never had a chance to read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Instead, I endured The Great Gatsby and Lord of the Flies.

Here's another shock: I've never read a Harry Potter book. Not a one. Never even picked one up unless I was moving it from one room to another while my son was reading them. I'm sure I'll read them eventually, but I rarely read a hugely popular series just because everyone else is, and this genre isn't my regular read.

That also partially explains why I've never read a single book in the Twilight Series either. I went through a vampire stage in my late 20s and early 30s, but I'm not so much into them now, and I prefer TV vamps like Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I saw Breaking Dawn Part 2 in the theater, and while it piqued my interest, it wasn't enough for me to read these books yet. That said, I'm still amazed I haven't read even part of one of the books.

I bought a hardcover copy of The Blythes Are Quoted by Lucy Maud Montgomery because I love anything to do with Montgomery's characters. It sits in my office untouched because I haven't had time to get to it. Though I've slowed down on reviewing for book tours, I'm still taking on a few too many and that hasn't allowed me to catch up much with my TBR pile. Note to self: Learn to say no.

I bought Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox because I truly missed him in front of the camera and wanted to read his story. I still haven't gotten to it, but it's another one that is staring at me from my bookshelf.

I've loved Karen White's Tradd Street Series from the very first book. Actually, I've enjoyed everything that White has written that I've had the pleasure to read. I was offered a copy of The Strangers on Montagu Street for review from her publicist, but I knew it would take me forever to get to it, so I declined. I ended up buying it with an Amazon gift card I won. The next book in this series, Return to Tradd Street is out, so I must make time to read this one first.

What are some books you can't believe you've never read?


Unknown said...

I love this topic and could definitely populate a full ten for this list. I only read my first Sherlock Holmes novel this past Christmas. There are others on your list that I might say that you're not missing much, in my opinion. :)

Katherine P said...

Not a single Poirot??!! I'm with you on a lot of these though! Other than a few short stories I haven't read any Doyle. I didn't get past the first 15 pages of Scarlet Letter and have never made the commitment to try Outlander. Great list!

Unknown said...

I've not read any Harry Potter or Twilight either. I'll eventually get around to the Harry Potter books - though I have seen the movies and don't really understand the fuss. However, I will probably never read Twilight. It just doesn't interest me at all. I absolutely adore the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, my paperback copies have gotten so worn I think it might be time to buy another set. My top ten list - on series I've not yet finished - can be found here: http://pagesofstarlight.blogspot.com/2014/02/top-ten-series-i-have-yet-to-finish.html

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Nice! Been hearing about Outlander for ages! Really need to try that one myself one day!

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Unknown said...

Outlander is a great novel. It is a mix of SF&F, romance, and historical fiction. There is a little bit of everything in it.

Val said...

I so love Harry Potter. I've read it more times than any other book, ever. That book motivated my son to learn to read. It's held in high regard in this house.


Cheryl said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I enjoy visiting your blogs and learning about new authors all the time.