Books I Should Have Read By Now…

 

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As someone who loves books so much, I can sometimes surprise myself with the books that I haven’t read yet! I put together a SURPRISING list of books that I have been meaning to read, should have read, but have not. I say surprising not just because the majority of literary buffs have read these books, but because these books are considered classics. I love contemporary fiction, so every time a new book (with it’s shiny new cover, fresh smelling pages, and promise of being the next ‘Gone Girl’) comes into the library.. I have to read it..right then..no excuses! This leaves all of these beautiful classic novels to be pushed down further and further on my reading list. But don’t worry, my goal for next year is to read every book on this list! Wish me luck!

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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Published September 2003

This book has only been on my list for about a year. Published in 2003, it isn’t exactly considered a “classic” novel yet- but it absolutely will be! If you’ve read anything by Jeffrey Eugenides before (The Virgin Suicides/Extreme Solitude) you will know that his writing is absolutely phenomenal. Middlesex is the story of Calliope Stephanides and the staggering genetic history she uncovers that eventually turns Callie into Cal. I actually bought this book a few months ago,so i’m excited to finally crack it open!

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The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, Published March 1966

This is my boyfriend’s favorite book. I have a framed poster of this book cover hanging in my house! But, I haven’t read it. We have two copies of this book in our collection, and I’ve picked it up to read it about a dozen times but never finished it. Completed in 1940, The Master and Margarita was written in Moscow during the darkest period of Stalin’s regime. The story tells of a visit from the devil to the mainly atheist Soviet Union. It’s considered one of the best books of the 20th century!

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Published 1932

Ah! I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet! Considered one of the greatest dystopian fantasy novels, Brave New World is the story of an ideal society created by “World Controllers” through genetic engineering. However; the protagonist, Bernard Marx, longs to break free. I’ve been told that if I enjoyed 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 I would LOVE this novel. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but I should definitely find out for myself!

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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath, Originally published in 1982

I am a sucker for biographies and nonfiction books about interesting people! I have read extensively about Sylvia Plath’s writing, depression, and suicide, but have yet to read her own words through her journal entries. I’m looking forward to venturing into her writing even more.

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Watership Down by Richard Adams, Published 1972

Ugh, I have been waiting WAY TOO LONG to read this novel! The 1978 film adaption is phenomenal. This book is actually in our young adult section. The story follows a group of rabbits from their home, which will eventually be destroyed by man, to a new home on a hill. During their trip they will encounter predators, traps, and more danger! The movie is actually kind of graphic and frightening and emotional for an animated feature, but I just loved it so much. I’m so excited to finally read the book because chances are it’s better than the movie!

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The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis, Originally published January 1949

I know, I know. How? How can I go this long without reading The Chronicles of Narnia series? I’m obsessed with the movies, so HOW!? I don’t really have an excuse. I am always hesitant about starting a series because I always get distracted with newer novels (see intro). We have complete sets in the children’s room, young adult, and adult fiction…so i really just need to suck it up and start reading it- FOR NARNIA AND FOR ASLAN!

UPDATE: I have read the first book in the series: The Magicians Nephew! I really enjoyed it and i’m excited to finish the series!

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Published 1951

I know many people read this book in high school. It was never a part of our curriculum and to be honest, I wasn’t much of a reader in high school. It’s a smaller book, so I have actually started to read it as a “palate cleanser” a few times but i’ve never finished it. Holden Caulfield narrates the story of the few days after his expulsion from prep school. Read mostly in high school for a good reason, Holden is the epitome of  teenage angst and alienation.

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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Originally published in 1915

I have read a few short stories that were based on Kafka’s novel of the man who wakes up one morning to find that he has transformed into a gigantic insect. Gregor Samsa, the now beetle like character, is alienated from his family and society. The novel deals with human feelings of isolation and inadequacy. Kafka is still considered one of the best authors of the 20th century. I’m excited to venture into such a bizarre story!

 

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Originally Published in 1844

This is also another book that my boyfriend has been telling me to read for years! I’ve drifted off to sleep while the audiobook plays a dozen times, but I have yet to sit down and actually read the entire (HUGE) book. Thrown into the dreadful Chateau D’If prison for a crime he did not commit, Edmond Dantes learns of a treasure on the isle of Monte Cristo and plots his escape in order to retrieve the treasure and use it to get revenge on the men who are responsible for his imprisonment! I can’t wait to get lost in this exciting tale!

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The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum, Originally Published in May 1900

Yes, I live in Kansas and have not read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This is another book that is located in the children’s room, young adult, and adult fiction here at our library. I’m not even going to give you a synopsis because it’s The Wizard of Oz! I should have read this when i was younger, but it’s never too late!

Is there a book that you haven’t read yet, but desperately need to?! Share in the comments!

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Author: Revitalized Reading by Danica

Working in a public library for three years has introduced me to some of the most interesting books and book related ideas! I am a creator, dreamer, and lover of all literature and i'm here to share my bookish ways with you!

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