Novels: The "Should Have Read" List
As guilt goes, I have very little when it comes to reading. There are, however a few famous novels that I should have read but, as of today, have not. They are:
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Most people read this in high school. I didn't. Huxley's work is sounding more relevant than ever so I plan to read it this year.
- Ulysses by James Joyce. Some reluctance on this one is driven by the suspicion that it might not match its reputation. It's also a big sucker. The older I get, the more I favor shorter books, at least in fiction.
- Anything ever written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Henry James. It's hard to get excited about either of these when there are still a few remaining books by Trollope and Dickens that are neglected. James will definitely be ahead of Fitzgerald on my schedule.
- Middlemarch by George Eliot. The word is that this is not one to miss. [A copy is staring at me as I type.] Will read it this year. Promise.
Okay, it's your turn. What are your guilt-inducing famous novels?