Thursday, March 05, 2009

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

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?

What's the best book that I have NOT read yet? I always have this impression that the best books are often classics. I know it's lop-sided thinking but still, I'd like to just go ahead and list down a few. The question asks "the best book" (singular) but I can't -- it's just too tough to give only one answer -- so I give you a few. They're all in my TBR waiting to be read:

  1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  5. The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  7. Anything by Shakespeare

As for contemporary works, I have these few in mind:

  1. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  3. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  5. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

Some of the fantasy works that I'd like to dig into as soon as possible are:

  1. Shadow & Claw (Book 1)
  2. Sword & Citadel (Book 2), both by Gene Wolfe
  3. Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll

There you go. I've listed 15 instead of naming just one. . .