"Really? You've never read X?"

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"Really? You've never read X?"

Postby Paranye » Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:37 am

We have a thread for books we read and loved, books we read and hated, books we never finished and books we're in the process of reading right now. What else is there, I hear you cry - well, you probably don't, because the name of the thread sort of gives it away. Oh well.

So, which books have you never read? Obviously the answer for anyone is "the vast majority of them, Paranye, there are like a gazillion", but I mean that book that you know you really should have read, or that everyone tells you you should read, or that everyone but you seems to have read, or that you've been meaning to read for years but never quite got around to. It's the book that surprises people when you say you haven't read it. Here are a couple of mine.

- Jane Eyre. Been meaning to read it for forever but never seem to get to it.
- The Princess Bride. This is such a cult hit that I feel like I'm missing out on something! Any fans among us?
- Kurt Vonnegut. Like, any Kurt Vonnegut at all. Shame on me.
- The Great Gatsby. More shame on me.

And one I'm almost sure I'll never read is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I know it's wrong to condemn someone's philosophy without due consideration, but the whole thing sounds so bloody dreary and awful, I just can't see myself ever picking it up when there are so many other things I could be doing with my time, like scrubbing out my shower or picking those little bobbles off my woolen garments.

So, how about you folks?
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby Tonyblack » Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:49 am

It's interesting that you mention Jane Eyre as I really felt I was missing something when I read Jasper Fforde's 'The Eyre Affair', as I hadn't read it either.

I've never read any Dickens either. Somehow it just does appeal. :?
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby Penfold » Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:40 am

"Acts of the Apostles" and the "Bible" were books I really should have read when I was at school. I was doing 'Religious Studies' for O' Level, which I failed and got a D Grade for. (Mind you, I suppose still getting graded despite making my answers up was quite an achievement of sorts.) :lol:
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby meerkat » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:47 pm

Atlas shrugged,- I wouldn't bother. Wish I never had brought it.Now is in a charity book shop.

All the Spike Milligan books with the exceptions of the Bible and Wuthering Heights and the hound of the Baskervilles (they are really hysterical)
Jasper Fforde - never read nay of his.
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby HazelRah17 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:00 pm

God this could be so long.

Tess of the D'Ubervilles and The Ambassadors because I could easily have read both of them but I didn't.
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby Paranye » Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:45 am

Tonyblack wrote:It's interesting that you mention Jane Eyre as I really felt I was missing something when I read Jasper Fforde's 'The Eyre Affair', as I hadn't read it either.

I've never read any Dickens either. Somehow it just does appeal. :?


I've read ALL the Dickens - even the Child's History of England, a history textbook he wrote, essentially, so that he could teach his children his own version of history. It's the most hilariously biased thing you've ever read, and there's this virulent anti-monarchist sentiment right until he gets up to modern history and Queen Victioria, who he completely wimped out of criticizing in any way XD

Dickens isn't for everyone at all. He's sentimental and melodramatic and in quite a few of his books he just seems to be making it up as he goes along or throwing in twists for the sake of it - but he'll always be one of my favourite authors.
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby stripy_tie » Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:07 am

I don't think this thread is one for me, either I want to read it and intend to or I don't. Why would you feel guilty about not reading a book you don't want to read? I'm kind of perplexed.
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby author3 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:12 am

Yeah I agree with Stripy.This thread seems a lot like the 'What books do you want to read' thread started by Chris.
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby raptornx01 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:09 am

Nah, i get what she means.

The Lord Of The Rings (or any Tolkien really). everyone seems to love it or at least have read it, but i was never interested in it.

Same with the Bible.

and speaking of, never read any of the Narnia books either. despite liking the films. same with Harry Potter, love the movies, never any interest in the books.

Sandman by Niel Gaiman. everyone i know has read them. and Watchmen too. still never been all that interested. may get around to it one day.

AS for Atlas Shrugged, its only because of Bioshock I had any interest in it.
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby author3 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:03 pm

raptornx01 wrote: never read any of the Narnia books either.

Poor you :cry: I can't imagine not growing up without never visiting Narnia.
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby stripy_tie » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:57 pm

author3 wrote:
raptornx01 wrote: never read any of the Narnia books either.

Poor you :cry: I can't imagine not growing up without never visiting Narnia.


No HP books either, sounds bleak.
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby raptornx01 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:48 pm

I visited, just not in book form :lol:

and i was already grown up by the time HP came out so i couldn't have anyway :lol:
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby BatrickPatrick » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:00 pm

raptornx01 wrote:I visited, just not in book form :lol:

and i was already grown up by the time HP came out so i couldn't have anyway :lol:


Being grown ups didn't stop a lot of people reading/ obsessing over HP...

A lot of people seem to be into the Hunger Games, never read those...Or any of the Eragon books.
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby raptornx01 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:44 am

I had seen a brief review of the third hunger games book when it first came out, the premiss of the series sounded interesting and i've been eyeing them ever since, but never got around to getting them. now with the movie i may wait to see them first.

Eragon i grabbed blind when my store was first carrying it. it was interesting, on the third book now, but got side tracked with other books.
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Re: "Really? You've never read X?"

Postby HazelRah17 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:06 pm

I keep thinking about reading The Hunger Games but it sounds too much like Battle Royale.
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