Top Ten Books it seems just about everyone has read but me

Hosted every week by the The Broke and The Bookish, participated in haphazardly by me.

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  1. All things Franzen (The Corrections, Freedom, etc.) – I feel as though I should delve into one of these one of these days, especially since he grew up in Webster Groves, a township of STL, and especially since one of his novels is set in St. Louis (so few are). But, I haven’t yet. Some day. 
  2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Seriously everyone has read this book. It was the first book for book club, but I didn’t have enough notice to acquire and read a copy. I have since found a used copy and will probably read it someday. It’s not high on my priority list though. (Should it be?)
  3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – Another that absolutely everyone read and talked about. My mom gave me Angels and Demons which I tried to read, and while the plot was interesting enough, I just could not get past the atrocious writing. So, this will remain in the Never Gonna Read pile.
  4. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer – This never appealed to me for some reason. Readers I trust have read and loved and recommended it, but… I don’t know. Not so into it. I may get around to it one day.
  5. White Teeth by Zadie Smith – I tried to read this several years ago but couldn’t get into it. I feel like I should read it try again but it’s not at the top of my list. 
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Every woman I know has read this, most likely when they were younger. I have not. I need to get around to it. 
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov – The language, I hear, is outstanding. The subject matter keeps me at bay. One day. 
  8. All of the Harry Potter books – I read 1-3 when 4 was only out in hardcover, and I was not about to lug that giant, awkward book around the city and on the subway. So I stopped after 3. I do want to read the rest though. Everyone says I must. 
  9. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – This will never happen. The general theme appalls me (and I don’t mean the vampires), and I hear the writing is hard to stomach. I think I’ll survive without ever reading this. 
  10. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and all things Judy Blume – Sooo I never read Judy Blume as a child! And now I feel too old for it, until there are children for whom books must be screened and age-appropriately recommended.