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What is the best book you've never read?


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Initial post: Mar 31, 2013 11:46:36 AM PDT
I am watching a PBS special on Harper Lee and am ashamed to admit I've never read "To Kill A Mockingbird".

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 11:51:22 AM PDT
 Ann says:
Until recently, it was The Count of Monte Cristo. The discussion group in this forum a while back prompted me to read it.

I've never read Alice in Wonderland, though I have both the Kindle book and the Audible book sitting in my virtual TBR pile.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 11:53:57 AM PDT
How do I know if books that I haven't read yet are good or not?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 11:56:52 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I guess you would read them....

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 12:01:07 PM PDT
quilt lover says:
I agree with Mustard. I don't necessarily like a book that every one else seems to rave about.

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 12:06:39 PM PDT
T. Cook says:
The next book.

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 12:07:13 PM PDT
I'd guess it's the stand by stephen king. But i do own it

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 12:18:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2013 1:05:13 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Edit: I must be tired - the title said *never*!

By all means read it. Unfortunately, not available on Kindle.

I think it is impossible to single out one (or ten) best books. In different points in life some books will correspond with you better than others. Some old favorites will pale in re-reading, some will only get better, with additional layers discovered.

Some more or less random suggestions:

The Trial
One Hundred Years of Solitude (only numerous study guides on Kindle)
The Idiot (or, better yet, one of Dostoevsky collections)
All Quiet on the Western Front
Islands in the Stream
Solaris
1984
Three Men in a Boat
The Name of the Rose
The Bridge
Loisaida -- A New York Story (the best "Kindle Indie" I read so far)

But one cannot miss much by starting with any "100 best" list. Of course, some will be total duds by your criteria, and start with editors' or publishers' list rather that readers', lest you encounter a list like Random House Modern Library "readers' top-100" (righ hand column on http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/ ) which features in top 10 three Hubbards and four Rands, none of which are readable (but also one book each by Harper Lee, Tolkien, and Orwell) - a rare combination of masterpieces and garbage.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 12:19:45 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Amazon ate my link to Loisaida:
Loisaida -- A New York Story

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 12:20:13 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
Are you talking best in that people rave about them like those Shades of Grey books and the Da Vinci Code? I was suckered into reading the Horse Whisperer and never again will I fall for hype.

Are you talking about classics? I've never read Winnie the Pooh or some Faulkner, Steinbeck or Hemingway books though I'm trying to read A Farewell to Arms and it's not doing much for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 12:54:33 PM PDT
I guess I should qualify my question. What book have you NOT read that is widely deemed a "classic" or "must read"?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 12:56:05 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
2nd paragraph

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 12:59:19 PM PDT
Which "important" book have you NOT READ, Dragi? I know there are zillions of books that we have never read/will never read/will never even hear about. To Kill A Mockingbird jumps out at me because Nell Harper Lee is from Alabama, it is a southern classic, and I am quite sure I would like it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 1:00:26 PM PDT
 nospin  says:
Thanks Dragi, I bought it last December but it escaped getting tagged on Shelfari so I did not see it when I was laying out reading .
I will move it to the Paperwhite.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 1:01:44 PM PDT
My list is similar to yours CBR. I have tried on more than one occasion to read Hemingway and it hurt my head.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 1:05:04 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I was permanently damaged by having to over analyze Old Man and the Sea in english class, so when A Farewell to Arms was the French equivalent of the Daily Deal, I decided to chance it. I just can't get into it, but I will finish it eventually after I finish my Mark Twain omnibus and maybe the Virginia Woolf omnibus as well

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 1:10:58 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Yes, I finally read your title correctly :o)

Let's see:

Ulysses
War and Peace
The Tin Drum
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
Memoirs of Hadrian

and countless others, of course

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 1:18:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2013 1:20:18 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I've read the first three and I quite like Gunter Grasse

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 1:18:45 PM PDT
I have never read A Tale of Two Cities or Moby Dick.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 1:22:56 PM PDT
 nospin  says:
We were trying to get a group together on the forum to read a Tale of Two Cities at the beginning of the year.
Wonder if there is more interezt now.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 1:24:17 PM PDT
I do have it in my archive. I've just never had the gonads to tackle it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 1:25:51 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I never finished Don Quixote.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 1:28:43 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I made it through using the audio version of the book - actually, I've found that i prefer classics that way

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 1:31:40 PM PDT
jp7395 says:
Do not feel bad. I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" of my own accord in middle school and absolutely despised it. And then I was forced to read it again sophomore year of high school. And then we had to sit through the audio version of it (I already loathed Sissy Spacek's voice to begin with) and then we watched the movie. I contemplated suicide.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 1:35:33 PM PDT
 nospin  says:
Don Quixote was not whispersynced, though. I went back and forth between kindle and audio.

A Tale of Two Cities is available for immersion/whispersync reading.
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