Saturday, May 12, 2018

Some Famous Novels I Haven't Read But Some Day Will (Seriously. No Joking.)

Woman with short hair and glasses looking for a book in the shelves of a library in Charlotte

[Photo by Clay Banks at Unsplash]

It's easy to make a list of famous novels one hasn't read but how about the ones you seriously intend to read?

Here is my partial list. Feel free to add your own:
  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Haven't read it but have cynical friends who say it is worthwhile.
  2. Ulysses by James Joyce. Why? Because I want to see if it merits all of those high ratings.
  3. Anna Karenina  by Leo Tolstoy. This is a major oversight on my part.
  4. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I have this on the list but remain skeptical of my willingness to finish it. Too many people liked it in college.
  5. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. The title alone has my interest.
I was going to add On the Road by Jack Kerouac but then stopped. I seriously doubt if I'll ever read it.


Daniel Richwine said...

The Great Gatsby is popular because it's fairly short, and therefore somewhat accessible for high school students, I am convinced.

My biggest oversight is Anna karenina as well. Started it a few times but haven't finished it.

War and Peace still the best novel I've ever read.

Michael Wade said...


Good points. I was stunned while reading War and Peace. Tolstoy was a genius at discerning human nature.