Books I have never read…but perhaps should

Ok confession time. I thought i’d get it over and done with now, this being a new blog and all. There are books I have not read but perhaps I should have. But in my defence, there are many books out there but very little time. My bookshelf is filled with books bought with all good intentions, whose pages have never been turned, dog-eared, or dropped in bath water. So what’s new, everyone does that. Umberto Eco said recently in an interview: ‘When people ask whether I’ve read this or that book, I’ve found that a safe answer is, “You know, I don’t read, I write.” That shuts them up.’

Good answer, though maybe a bit arrogant, plus I don’t have the luxury of saying that I am a writer.  Furthermore, I’ve got to admit I’ve never read any of Umberto’s books either, though they look interesting.  Regardless, I still have an ever so slight guilt at the fact that there are some books that I’ve never read. Some because I’ve not got round to it and some because I have no intention of doing so, unless persuaded otherwise. So in no particular order or reason, here is a list of ten books (of course there are more), that I have never read.

1. The Hobbit – JR Tolkien.
2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
3. Anything by JK Rowling
4. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
5. Ulysees – James Joyce
6. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
7. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
8. Middlemarch – George Eliot
9. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
10. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Right that’s it confession over, I feel better. Maybe, this will be the incentive to get round to reading if not all these ten, then at least some of the other books languishing on my bookshelf. What are your guilty or unrepentant) unread?

7 thoughts on “Books I have never read…but perhaps should

  1. Haha! Just discovered your blog and glad to see that I’m not the only one with a long list of unread books. I also have a bookshelf filled with TBRs (to be read) books, including Small Island by Andrea Levy among many others. And I also have never read War & Peace; in fact the only two on your list of unread books that I have read are The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Pride and Prejudice.
    They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and the intention to read is certainly there, but time is elusive. Still, I do manage to read a book or two every couple of months.
    And by the way, that frivolous response of “I don’t read, I write” can be seen right through, because every writer knows that in order to write, one must read.
    Glad to have met your blog and look forward to going through your archives.

    1. Thanks for you comments! I can definitely recommend Small Island, it’s a great book and my favourite one of hers so far. If you can recommend any other books you have just read let me know.

      1. I can recommend Island Songs by Alex Wheatle, Their Eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston just off the top of my head. Not to blow my own horn but I think you would enjoy my books also: Sweet Home Jamaica (published in two volumes) and the sequel The Missing Years. You can read some of my media reviews on my facebook author page and some excerpts in my notes.
        You’ve really got me thinking now about books I’ve never read which I had every intention of reading. Some of them are actually on my bookshelves but some I’ve never bought, such as Ugly, The Color Purple, and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. I’d actually stopped browsing bookshops because I kept spending my housekeeping money on books, but now with the advent of amazon and places like that I’ve started doing it again. As a result I have loads of books on my shelves that I just haven’t gotten around to reading yet, and I’m afraid to buy any more. I’m actually running out of space to keep books and I refuse to give any away, even if I’ve read them several times! Am I mean or what?!

      2. Brilliant recommends, it’s like you are my book-reading soulmate! Island Songs is on the list. Their eyes were watching God I’ve read but is due a re-read, if only for the purposes of this site. And I’d love to read your two (three!) novels. Are they available online, in stores? Let a sister know! The Color Purple is fab, as is it’s sequel Possessing the Secret of Joy (both due a re-read). Ugly and Song of Solomon, I’ve yet to do also. And no it’s not mean to not give away books – I rarely lend mine out unless it’s to serious book lovers :). BTW if you fancy posting a review to this site, please email me at

  2. Thanks; if I find the time I’ll try and post a review or two. Right now I’m totally engrossed in plotting a new novel (I’m trying my hand at a historical novel set during slavery times in Jamaica) and it is taking me over full time.
    With regards to Sweet Home Jamaica and The Missing Years, they are available on and also from Also from WH Smiths website and a number of other online outlets. Unfortunately they are not readily available on the shelves in bookshops but I understand that if you ask a bookshop to order it for you they most likely will.
    By the way, do you have any aspirations of being a writer yourself? I bet you could write a great novel if you tried.

    1. Excellent will look into ordering copies. Your new novel sounds interesting, I wish you all the best working on that. As for becoming a writer myself, I have thought about, I am still thinking about it. I have ideas it’s just a matter of putting them down on paper (or screen!). One day *sighs* One day!

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