Monday, June 28, 2010

Great Books You've Never Read

Somebody (can't remember whom) was chatting on Facebook last week about great books never read and great movies never seen. I actually think it's an interesting topic. There are not that many on my list that still sing siren songs to me. But there are a few.

This is my list. I'd love it if you shared yours.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe

There are more, but these are the few I feel a tad guilty about.

How about you?


  1. I LOVED Treasure Island!

    I have honestly never read anything by Jane Austen. Ever. And I was an English major. One of these days I'm going to make a point to read them...

  2. I've heard that Uncle's Tom's Cabin might be historically interesting, but it's not worth reading (pure propaganda making neither good literature nor good entertainment.) FWIW!

    My list would include a huge number. Just to start: War and Peace, Tom Jones, The Iliad, and Les Miserables. And for modern popular fiction, I'd add The Hunger Games. :-)


  3. I really must read a Tolstoy novel at some point. Really must.

  4. Sometimes I feel a little guilty that I can't finish a Jane Austen. I've tried. Really I have. I'm also guilty of never reading Mark Twain. In newer books, I usually feel a twinge about not reading Stephanie Meyer or Nora Roberts (yet).

  5. Uncle Tom's Cabin, Tom Jones, Treasure Island