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Thursday Thirteen #29

This week’s Thursday Thirteen is a bit of a follow-up to Monday’s post about books that I *gasp* have not read. This time I am attempting to redeem myself by pointing out some books that I have read.

If you have encountered a “classic” book or piece of popular literature that you have adored, please let me know about it.

Classics I Have Known:
1. The Odyssey by Homer (Read it to annoy my seventh grade English teacher, poor woman. Loved it.)

2. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (Read it in seventh grade for fun. Loved it)

3. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Had to read this for High School English. Hated it.)

4. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson (Part of my seventh grade adventure book kick. Loved it.)

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Had to write a poem about it for High School English. It was okay.)

6. The Purgatorio by Dante (I was originally a Medieval Studies Major and I read it for one of my classes. Liked it.)

7. Paradise Lost by John Milton (Still think it should have been called “Paradise Misplaced.” Not too bad.)

8. The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare (Saw the play and liked it so much that I went home and read it. Loved it.)

9. L’étranger by Albert Camus (I’ve never read this in English. It was okay.)

10. Candide by Voltaire (Yes, I went from a Medieval Studies Major to a French Major. Interesting book.)

11. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (Read it in High School. Found it intriguing.)

12. The Epic of Gilgamesh by someone in Mesopotamia (I wish that the Pre-Assyrian version still existed. Liked it.)

13. Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare (Acted in the play, so there is a special place for it in my heart. I was killed in Act 4, scene 2. A very bloody play.)

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Somewhere I have never travelled…

With apologies to e e cummings for taking a bit of his poetry in vain, I’ve been thinking today about things I have not done. More specifically about famous books that I have not read. Let me begin by saying that I am infamous among my friends for not having seen certain films. Folks always give me a shocked look when I say things like, “No, I’ve never seen The Sound of Music.” (My closest friends have reached the point of being surprised when I *have* seen a film.) Anyway, I was tidying up the Audio Books section here, and it struck me again that there are all of these books out there that it seems everyone else has read. The kind of books that you try to steer conversations away from rather than admit you have no idea what the other person is talking about. Do you know what all of this pondering has lead me to? I have decided to post a list of five things (series, books, etc.) that I have never read. You may then try to convince me to read any of the items on the list (good luck with that) and comment with a title or five that you admit to never having read. Perhaps we will unmask some classics as being deadly dull, or maybe I will actually read something from my list. Either way, I think it will be fun. Lets get started!

I hereby swear that I have never read:

1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (It’s book 2…and I can’t talk myself into reading book 1.)
2. Anything by Jane Austen (Nope, I’ve never seen any of the films either.)
3. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (Although, I have a friend who tossed his copy into a swimming pool when he finished it.)
4. Anything by Louis L’Amour (And this makes my mother sad.)
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (…though have read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.)

So, there you are. My secret is out. I’ve got bunches of other books that I could add to this list, but now it’s your turn. Spill! What books are there that you feel like everyone out there has read except you?

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