Top 10 Tuesday #3: Top 10 Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet!!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and Bookish. This week is a "personal pick" Top 10, and I chose:

"Top 10 Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet!"

I just discovered that I could actually have a "Top 10 Canadian Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read," but I'll just save that to build up some guilt for another day...

These are my Top 10 Books that are pretty much considered universal classics, and, as someone who majored in English, I feel like I have failed the WORLD, not just my country. In order from most recent release to THE OLDEST BOOKS besides the bible.*

My Top 10 "I Have No Excuse" Books:

Legend, by Marie Lu
Released 2011

It's sci-fi dystopian, which I can't resist, has won a jillion awards, and generally people love it.

Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
Released 1958

I have to plead innocence on this one! I've heard it mentioned, but never came across it. YA sci-fi, I think I'll giver 'er a go!

On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
Released 1955

Literally the original hipsters. Or original hippies, I can never remember. Maybe it will help me mellow out, man.

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
Released 1953

And I call myself a science-fiction fan. Obviously I've been posing this entire time.

I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
Released 1950

Asimov wrote the 3 laws of robotics.

I deserve to be obliterated when the machines inevitably take over Earth.

The Diary of a Young Girl, by ANNE FRANK
Released 1947

I know! I haven't read Anne Frank's diary. I deserve to be a Belieber. :(

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Released 1937

First of all, I loved Grapes of Wrath, and it was pretty depressing. But I KNOW HOW THIS ENDS! There was a movie (I didn't see), and it's been a while since it's release, and I've heard a few spoilers. I'm even sad just THINKING about it, and I don't really even know the characters... :'(

Dubliners, by James Joyce
Released 1914

This is a double-fail, as I love the Irish culture, and I know that Joyce is "one of the greats." However, I think his writing style can be somewhat alienating. (For instance, I had to read a SMALL PART of Ulysses for school and I wanted to kill myself. Or stab the book. Or both.)

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
Released 1899

I can't even tell you how many times this book was referenced during the attaining of my B.A. in English. I think they assumed I'd already read it, as only illiterate cretins wouldn't have been able to reference this book.

And doesn't Mr. Conrad look so happy? I'm pretty sure it has a happy ending, I should really get going on this one.

The Iliad/ The Odyssey by Homer
Released -762 & -700, respectively

I hear they're really good...

Honorable mentions: *The Bible. I have tried in the past, but I think I get the gist from Catholic school. Also I have not read ANY John Green because I don't want to cry [wimp]. And I've not read ENOUGH Hemingway and Jane Austen, even though Ernie Hem. is one of my fave authors, and Jane Austen is one of the most influential women/ writers of all time. I can't wait until we can just download them onto chips in our brains! Would save SO much time.

Thoughts? Feelings? Post your link to your TTT and I'll check it out!!!


  1. I like your TTT topic/theme this week. I hope you get around to reading them soon. I read Anne Frank's diary, Of Mice & Men and Flowers for Algernon years ago and wouldn't mind reading these three books again.

    Here's my TTT for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/09/top-ten-tuesday-my-list-of-favorite.html

    1. Well, that you want to even read them AGAIN makes me think they might be worth a look! I think it's cool to have an older perspective on books we read years ago! My friend (age 36) just read To Kill a Mockingbird for the 1st time, and thinks she appreciated it more as an adult than she would have as a teenager!

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Your comments on Diary of Anne Frank had me LOLing!!! As for the Bible - I recommend trying the Message or The Story translations. It's so much easier to get through :) My TTT

  3. I was forced to read a lot of these books in school (Of Mice and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, Heart of Darkness). However, I still haven't read Dubliners or On The Road, two classics that I really want to read. Also, I read Legend a year or so ago, and personally I didn't like it. I didn't continue with the series and I don't think I ever will just because my TBR is so large and it's steadily growing. Great list!

    1. There's such mixed reviews on Legend... but such a following! I guess I'll find out if I'm jumping on that bandwagon! Thanks for commenting!