BTT: Best book I’ve never read

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We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from them. Or just that they’re supposed to be worthy. We just … haven’t gotten around to them yet.

What’s the best book that YOU haven’t read yet?

Well, most of you have heard me talk about my TBR problem… I have about 200 books in my house, right now, that are on my TBR list.  It’s a bit overwhelming, so I’m working on trying not to acquire so many these days.  For this week’s BTT, I’m going to pick out a few from my TBR shelves that I REALLY plan to get to soon.  Here’s a few that are on the top of my priority list:

  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler
  • In the Woods by Tana French
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
  • What is the What by Dave Eggers

… and I could just as easily list 10 or 20 more…

So, which one should I read first?  And what is the best book YOU have never read?

18 thoughts on “BTT: Best book I’ve never read”

  1. I’ve read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The Mists of Avalon. Frankie is very fun and Mists of Avalon is worth it…but loooong. I have classics on my list to read: I really need to read Jane Eyre.

  2. I haven’t read any of these nor are any in my house. I have a few on my wishlist, though. I would start with The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks or In The Woods if I had to a pick.

  3. I have read the whole series “Mists of Avalon”. I enjoyed it, I found it gave a whole new perspective to the Arthurian legend. I also have a copy of the television mini-series.

  4. I’ve got The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks on my TBR shelf as well. It’s up as a contender (4th seed) in the Tournament of Books for this year… not a lot of YA get that distinction.

    I should probably get around to it.

    (Thanks for not being offended by my saucy review of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes.)

  5. I’ve had “The Mists of Avalon” on my TBR list for a couple of years now. It really sounds like something I’d like. But it’s such a big book and I’m such a slow reader, I know it’ll take me forever to finish once I start it.

  6. I wish I only had about 200 books in my house. I think I have 4 times that!

    I started In the Woods last year and got about halfway through it and set it aside. I really need to give it another try.

  7. I have read “In the Woods”. The beginning is fantastic, really character and mystery driven. The last 150 pages made me want to pull my hair out — so disappointing. I really wanted to like this book, it was recommended through an author chat during book club.

  8. I just finished In The Woods last night and ended up enjoying it. It was different than I thought it would be but a good read. I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts when you get to this one.

  9. Into The Woods is a great read…and I loved Special Topics in Calamity Physics–but not at first. I started it, put it away for about 8 months, and then picked up where I left off and could not put it down! In fact, when I finished it, I turned right back to the first page and read it again! 🙂

  10. I recommend In the Woods because I haven’t read any of the others. I think In the Woods is kind of genre-breaking. I’ve loosely referred to it as “CSI Dublin!”

    I don’t know what the best book I’ve never read is. I started and couldn’t seem to get into The Historian which I know everyone has loved. And I should probably read one of those hefty Lincoln biographies or something. But right now I’m busy getting through the books I have….I guess I don’t have time to think about the ones I’m not getting to.

  11. I read In The Woods for the library book club; it started out slow but after a while of fighting with it, I decided that I was reading through a very long transcript of a Law and Order: Criminal Intent episode and then it got better 😉 I heard her new book is good; all in the eye of the reader!

  12. I”m currently reading The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler and it’s better than I thought it would be! If you don’t read it first don’t forget about it – definitely give it a read at some point. It’s hard to put down because it really brings up so many moral/immoral issues as well as history. If you are even slightly a feminist or have mild interest in feminist topics you will not put this book down. Truly a great read – Ann Fessler has done women all over the world a great justice by putting such gripping emotions into words

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