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?