Books that “everyone” has read but me – Meme Monday

[taken from here]

The idea is quite simple: List books that everyone seems to have read, except you.

As you probably know by now, I’m constantly working on my classical education. And still, there seem to be a hundred thousand books that I feel like I should have read because everybody has read them. Here are a few:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    It is on my list. I swear.
  2. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
    Like Christy, where I took this meme from, I’m afraid I’m too old for this book. Especially aftr watching The Good Girl.
  3. Anything by Asimov
    This might be a special thing for a SciFi fan, but I basically haven’t read any classic SciFi… I just picked Asimov as probably the most famous guy of them all.
  4. The Earthsea Quartet – Ursula K. LeGuin
    I already bought it. :) That means it should only take me about 3-30 years till I get to it.
  5. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
    And I probably never will. It just seems to be really not my kind of book.
  6. The Sorrows of Young Werther – J. W. Goethe
    After having read Faust, I’ll probably never read this, either.
  7. Hunting and Gathering – Anna Gavalda
    Everybody keeps recommending it to me. My sister lent it to me. It will be read at some point.

I think that’s all I can think of right now. Now that I’ve read Faust, I feel like I have done much for my education in that regard. This feeling will wear off soon.

Maybe next week I’ll do “books I’ve read that I don’t understand aren’t world famous”.

15 thoughts on “Books that “everyone” has read but me – Meme Monday

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  2. I haven’t read Earthsea (on the list for this year, though) or the sorrows of young werther (like you, I also read Faust and didn’t get why people liked it that much, so might not ever) either. I hadn’t heard of Hunting and Gathering. Is that a Austrian/German thing?

    And did u mean “books I’ve read that I don’t understand that aren’t world famous” or “books I’ve read that I are so awesome, I don’t understand why they aren’t world famous”? The second is a stretch, but the first doesn’t seem like something you’d blog about, because at least for me that’s a lot of books. At least if in understand you include “didn’t care enough to read carefully enough” :) .

  3. I actually read “Catcher in the Rye” and “The Sorrows of Young Werther” (How did that happen, you ask? Me too.)

    “Werther” was alright. It’s basically a guy writting emo letters about his Oh-so-emo life to people who may or may not care. And he’s so annoying about it I breathed a sigh of relief when he killed himself.

    “The Catcher in the Rye”, on the other hand, was a godawful pile of excrement. I hated Holden from page one, and then he didn’t even have the grace to fuck off and die. (Why yes, I _am_ still angry about the fact that this book even exists, and that it’s famous, and that I was forced to read it.)

    I look forward to “Awesome Books That Ought to Be World Famous” ^^

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