Booking Through Thursday: The Best Book You’ve Never Read

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The weekly Booking Through Thursday question for today is:

We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from them. Or just that they’re supposed to be worthy. We just … haven’t gotten around to them yet.

What’s the best book that YOU haven’t read yet?

This is a harder question than it would have been a year or two ago, because I have been purposefully making my way through several books like this over the past few years. Some on my list that I have actually finished are all of Jane Austen’s books, Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Narnia series by C. S. Lewis. the Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien, and I am even now working my way through the unabridged Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Some that I haven’t gotten to yet are Bleak House and Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (I’ve read and loved several of his others), Agatha Christie books, and P. D. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster books. I’m not much for modern secular fiction, but I’ve been thinking about trying something by John Grisham. I keep thinking some day I should read Christian classics The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis and The Confessions of St. Augustine, but I am not quite up to them yet. And I keep seeing Debbie Macomber’s names floating around and want to try something of hers some time.

Probably a flood of other titles are going to come to mind in the next day or two!

How about you? Is there something you’ve always been meaning to read that you haven’t yet?


16 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: The Best Book You’ve Never Read

  1. This was SUCH a hard question for me that I’m skipping it this week! How can I know which is the best book I’ve never read?! I speculate though. I do!

    Maybe Wodehouse IS the best book you’ve never read. Hmm. You should read him and find out! 😉

  2. I’ve read Les Mis – good, but too long. Also read Bleak House, which took me ages but very good. Agatha Christie and P G Wodehouse are much easier to read and very enjoyable too. And I do like John Grisham’s books – in small doses. I read several one after the other and get a bit tired of them.

    The Count of Monte Cristo is one I hope to read this year!

  3. I’m with Carrie on Wodehouse, but To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. (And I’m a Tolkien fanatic, so of course I’d recommend that, but I’m not unbiased enough to do so!)

  4. Okay, Barbara, this is an impossible question to answer, isn’t it? *smile* Just off the top of my head, I would have to say the next new Beverly Lewis book!

  5. The only Dicken’s I got through has been A Christmas Carol. I’ve read all of Grishams books and A Time To Kill is great, but so is The Firm.

  6. I’ve got sort of a personal challenge going on to finish all the Miss Marple books by Agatha Christie. I’ve loved the ones I’ve read, but there are quite a few that I haven’t gotten to yet.

  7. I know I should of, but I’ve never felt any need or desire to read Dickens. Regardless that’s a great list of ‘to be reads’ you’ve got there Barbara. Good luck with getting to some of them in the future (I’m sure you will).

  8. I’ve read neither Wodehouse nor Nicholas Nickleby either. Detective fiction isn’t something I gravitate toward, but I do like Dickens! Thanks for reminding me.

    I skipped this week because the question was so hard. An easier question for me would have been, what’s the worst “best” book you’ve ever read — which would be ‘American Gods.’ I saw so many references to how fabulous it was, but it turned me off completely in pretty short order.

  9. I have a couple dickens books on the shelves as well. I plan on reading Augustine’s Confessions this year for another challenge. I’m about ready to break down and buy one of Macomber’s books as well. Thanks for visiting me on BTT.

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