Books and Authors I'm Ashamed to Admit That I Haven't Read . . . Yet

July 17, 2010

I was an English major in college (university for those outside of the U.S.), but that doesn't mean that I've read all the classics. These are some of the books I've always been meaning to read but I just haven't . . . yet.
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

  • War and Peace by Tolstoy. I started it but never finished it. Yes, I admit that I was deterred by the sheer length. I will read it. All the way through. Really.

  • Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert. I have a copy on my desk now, and I'm staring at it.

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I was supposed to read it in high school English class, but somehow I never got around to it. How did I ever graduate?

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I tried to read it, really I did. It probably was a little too all-male for my tastes (I like women protagonists).

  • Anything by Dostoyevsky. I started them all, but never got beyond the first few pages. I especially wanted to read Crime and Punishment, but just didn't get very far.

  • Somerset Maugham. I haven't read any of his books.

  • Evelyn Waugh. I haven't read his works, either. I have his Complete Short Stories on my desk, too, and I've been meaning to read his novels.


  1. I LOVE The Great Gatsby! I even loved it as a 15 year old in high school, it's that good!

    And honestly, good luck on the Tolstoy stuff. I can get through about 14 pages and then I'm toast.

  2. @Gina -- I will read Gatsby. I will. I'm so ashamed.

    I don't know if something is lost in the translation from Russian literature. Although I'll tackle Tolstoy anyday over Dostoyevsky.


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