It seems for every book I read, three more get added to “the list”. A big part of that is because I get distracted with other books that suddenly take priority. Another is that many of those I don’t own or haven’t come across in used bookstores yet. I’ve been trying to limit new purchases, but so far this year there are four I had to get for one viable reason or another, like as part of a fundraiser. There’s also just being in the mood for an author and/or genre. Anyway, this week’s Booking Through Thursday question is a good one, of course many are.
We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from them. Or just that they’re supposed to be worthy. We just … haven’t gotten around to them yet. What’s the best book that YOU haven’t read yet?
Looking at my reading list, here are some of the high priorities that I just haven’t gotten to yet:
Roger Zelazny- Changeling: A friend whose other recommendations I’ve loved mentioned this one several years ago and its been on my mind ever since.
Robert Heinlein- Stranger in a Strange Land: What I’ve read of Heinlein was good and a few of my friends have said “read it!”, plus it’s a sci-fi classic.
Neil Gaiman- Fragile Things and Smoke and Mirrors: One of these anthologies, I can’t remember which, I’ve been waiting to read since it came out in hardcover.
Audrey Niffenegger- The Time Traveler’s Wife: Genetic disorder causing time travel sounds interesting, and different.
James Endredy- Ecoshamanism: Suggested reading by a friend/spiritual mentor whose recommendations I seem to read at the right time.
Rebecca Stein- Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft: A textbook a friend uses to teach that I’ve only been able to glance through.
Howard Lyman- No More Bull: “The Mad Cowboy” turned vegan so I’d like to hear what he has to say. This has been on my list for awhile, before I recently reintroduced (some) meat back into my diet.
Michael Pollan- The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Another book based on the food industry that piqued my interest.
Whether you’ve read them or not, any thoughts on any of these? Which books haven’t you been able to get to and why not?