I nabbed this ‘I Should Have Read That Book’ tag from @Jessticulates after reading through her list and realising that it sounded a fun one to compile. (Tag originally created by Beth at booksnest.co.uk)
If anyone reads this and also fancies giving it a go, consider this a tag. (Four tags for you, Glen Coco. You go, Glen Coco!)
A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read
Emily St. John Mandel, ‘Station Eleven’
Whenever my friend Jenn and I meet up in her neck of the woods, we usually always end up scouring one of the local charity shops because the secondhand books on offer are guaranteed to be pretty brilliant. One such day we came across ‘Station Eleven’ and Jenn promptly bought for me because she loves it and knew I’d like it to. I still haven’t read it but it’s definitely one that I’m looking forward to.
A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up
Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
This is one I’m ashamed to admit to not reading, but it’s true- I’ve never read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Despite having a copy since about 2009 and reminding myself whenever I see it that I have to read it, I still haven’t got round to it. This may have to be a target for 2019…
A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet
Christopher Paolini, ‘Eldest’
I think I was given ‘Eragon’ as a birthday or Christmas present, and I read it and loved it. Yet, when I got hold of ‘Eldest’ it just sat on my shelf and still hasn’t been opened. This is a series I’d really like to return to because I remember really enjoying ‘Eragon’ and I’d like to see how the story plays out.
A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read
Emily Brontë, ‘Wuthering Heights’
This is another one I admit to with a certain amount of shame. Again, I have a copy (I’ve even taken it on holiday with me), but I’ve never actually got around to reading it. Even if I hate it, and I know some people do, I’d like to actually have an opinion on the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliffe rather than just a vague knowledge of what goes on between them.
A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
Sally Rooney, ‘Conversations with Friends’
I haven’t read either of Sally Rooney’s book, but I do own ‘Conversations with Friends’. I bought it when it first came out because I’d heard good things about it, but never got round to actually picking it up. Since then I’ve been put off reading it because there’s just so much hype surrounding her books, and I’m a mixture of not wanting to be disappointed when I do read it, and also knowing that if I do read it I’ll be unconsciously looking for faults. (Anyone else get put off books when people repeatedly tell you how brilliant they are? That can’t just be me, right?)
A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet
Émile Zola, ‘The Ladies’ Paradise’
I adored ‘The Paradise’ when it was on the BBC as a series, so much so that I even bought the series on DVD (which is rare for me). My Mum bought me the book as a birthday present because she knew how much I loved the television series. That was definitely more than a couple of years ago and I still haven’t read it. I’m a little worried it won’t be as good as the T.V. adaptation, but I know there’ll be something in it that I’ll like.
A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet
Alia Trabucco Zerán, ‘The Remainder’
I was going to list ‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ here, because it is everywhere (even on my bookshelf at home, waiting to be read…), but I’ve started seeing a lot of posts about ‘The Remainder’ and how much people are enjoying it, so chose it instead. I bought it when I was working in Foyles over the Christmas period. The head of fiction I was working under really liked translated fiction so there was always a really good selection on display, and ‘The Remainder’ was one of those. Its topic is similar to what I looked at for my PhD, so I’m really excited to read this one. (I may even move it up to the top of my TBR pile, to hell with the library books I still have out!)
I’d love to know your thoughts if you’ve read any of these books. Any I should avoid or start straight away?
What have you got lurking on your TBR shelves/piles?