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
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
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
Literally the original hipsters. Or original hippies, I can never remember. Maybe it will help me mellow out, man.
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
And I call myself a science-fiction fan. Obviously I've been posing this entire time.
I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
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
I know! I haven't read Anne Frank's diary. I deserve to be a Belieber. :(
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
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
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
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.
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