This feature, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is one of my favorites. This week’s topic:
Top Ten Books I Wish I’d Read in School!
The books I’ve chosen are practically classics within their genres, and simultaneously ones I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading without outside pressure. I realize that admitting this is literary blasphemy…please don’t yell at me.
#1 The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide: I know, I know. How can I possibly be a fan of science fiction without having read this title? I also included this one in my list of most intimidating titles because I just don’t like “punchy” humor, and I’m terrified I won’t like this iconic series.
#2 The Lord of the Rings: I read (and enjoyed) The Hobbit, but couldn’t get into the trilogy despite my best efforts. I finally gave up on going through the motions of reading the book because I wanted to like it so much. The movies, however, remain my all time favorites, and I have die-hard fans of the books to thank for that!
#3 Brave New World: this is a highly conceptual novel that I always wished my professors had made me read in school. I know a lot of writers I enjoy today took inspiration at one point from this book. Also, my go-to guy for science fiction ranks it in his top three favorite books of all time.
#4 The Chronicles of Narnia: I bought these when I was a kid, saved up my allowance and everything for the big nice boxset… And then they sat on my shelves unread for almost ten years. By the time I finally picked up The Magician’s Nephew I realized just how much I didn’t enjoy allegorical stories (plus, it was kind of boring…).
#5 Jane Austen: The Complete Works: Most women I talked to who have read this author fawn over her to a degree that makes me slightly ashamed I’ve never read her. Aside from the fact that I’m not much of a classic fiction girl, I’ve just never found the storyline or time period particularly compelling.
#6 Dune: This one is on my list because, despite the fact that I’ve not yet read it, I wish it’d been a part of my early discoveries of the wonders of science fiction. This one is the exception on the list, as I am pretty sure I will be reading it within the next year.
#7 Don Quixote: of all the classics, this one appeals to me the most. I find the idea of a armored man attacking a windmill hysterical. I likely won’t ever read it, but I wish my teachers would’ve had it on their required reading list.
#8 The Foundation Trilogy: As another pioneer of the science fiction world, this is another one that I wish would have been part of the “foundation” of my sci-fi repertoire.
#9 Grimm’s Fairy Tales: I find these fascinating, and I think I would’ve really enjoyed studying them in school. I tried reading them a couple of years ago, but there were just too many things I enjoyed reading more.
#10 The Book Thief: I know, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it’s original… I really wish it’d been included in a history class at some point because it just doesn’t sound like something in my wheelhouse of books.
Keep in mind that these books are on my list because deep down I really want to read them, I just haven’t been able to bring myself to.
What books do you wish you’d read in school? Did any of mine make your list?