For this Sunday’s List, we asked about books you’re ashamed you haven’t gotten around to reading yet. This is not a self-abnegation kind of thing; it’s just something that’s true for me because I’ve always been pulled in so many directions.
Some of many books I need to read:
1) Moby-Dick. I have no idea how I haven’t read this yet, but I haven’t.
2) More Virginia Woolf besides To the Lighthouse (soon to be remedied).
3) Any Toni Morrison, which I feel bad about but which will also be soon remedied.
4) The Brothers Karamazov. Started it twice, got distracted.
5) Any Anne Carson, also soon to be remedied, though suggestions are welcome.
1) More Faulkner! I live in goddamn Oxford, Mississippi like down the street from his house. #guilt
4) Finnegans Wake. Been meaning to read everything on this list for YEARS except Finnegans Wake. That’s a recent challenge I’ve given myself. p.s. Moby-Dick is dopeeeeee
I’m feeling pretty guilty for not reading Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State yet. The galley has been sitting on my shelves for about a year and a half now and I keep looking at it and then reading something else. I know it’s going to be amazing, though, because we were playing a round of Bring Your Own Book (http://bringyourownbook.com/) with it a few weeks ago and every time someone read a passage from it I was blown away at how sharp the prose was. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading it someday.
The book that’s currently haunting me cause I’ve had it on my shelf and been meaning to read it and am ashamed I haven’t is The Sleepwalkers by Hermann Broch. Also, 18th/19th-century British lit is a weak spot of mine; I really gotta into more Thackeray and Austen. In more practical terms, all the books my book club reads––I only end up reading like 50% of them! What a traitorous book club member I am.
I’ve not yet read Robert Musil’s Man Without Qualities, I never finished [Ken Kesey”s] One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and I confess my complete ignorance of Margaret Atwood’s oeuvre.
David S. Atkinson:
All the books I haven’t read yet.
Sara Finnerty Turgeon:
The list of books I “should” read probably consists of 75% of the “canon.” Long ago, I decided to read whatever I wanted to read, and not what I am supposed to read. I never read Moby-Dick, but I think I will some day. I never read Anna Karenina, but I’ve read everything Toni Morrison has ever written. I can’t remember reading Hemingway or Faulkner, I’ve never read Thomas Pynchon, or DH Lawrence, but I love Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Don Quixote is my favorite book, I think, of all time. I want to read more Borges; I’ve only read snippets of his work here and there. I recently realized I never read a Joan Didion book straight through. I hated James Joyce in high school, but then loved him as I grew older––even so, I will never read Ulysses. I believe that I will read the books I need to read, when I need them, when I am ready for them.