Monday, 26 January 2015

5 books I've been meaning to read forever

I recently saw an article on Bookriot about the books their readers have been meaning to read forever but haven’t read yet. This got me thinking – what books have I been meaning to read for ages? Anyone who knows me at all will know how much I love to read, and in fact my to-be-read pile is now comprised of what must be nearing 1000 books I’ve bought/borrowed/downloaded and haven’t had the time to read yet. So with that many books, I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the top 5 books I’ve been meaning to read forever, but haven’t got round to reading yet.

Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore

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Despite sharing a name with the protagonist of R.D. Blackmore’s novel, I have to admit I’ve never actually read it. I’m not named after Lorna Doone, but as the name was first coined by Blackmore, I kind of feel like I should read the novel anyway.

In my first term at university, upon being introduced to me one of my lecturers asked if I’d read Lorna Doone. I said I hadn’t, so every term since he’s asked me if I’ve got round to reading it yet. Since I still haven’t read it, this term he introduced me to a new student as “Lorna who hasn’t read Lorna Doone.” One of these days I’ll get round to reading it!

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I bought this book way back when it first started becoming popular, but never got the chance to read it. Several years and a movie later, I still haven’t read it. Despite now knowing the majority of the plot and what happens at the end of the book (thanks, Tumblr) I still want to read it. When I do read it hopefully I’ll enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to have done.

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The Bible

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I imagine this is a popular choice and would be on a lot of people’s lists. I’m not a majorly religious person, but I still want to one day be able to say I’ve read the Bible – and I mean read it cover to cover, not just flicked through or read bits here and there.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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I must be the only YA fan in the world who hasn’t read The Hunger Games. Again, I bought the trilogy a few years ago in a sale and put it aside, intending to read the books before the films came out. Well, that never happened. They’re still sitting exactly where I left them when I first bought them, unread.

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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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I’ve wanted to read Anne Frank’s diary ever since I read Jacqueline Wilson’s Secrets, which features the diary a lot, as a kid. I finally found a copy in a second-hand bookshop a year or so ago, but then I brought it home and added it to my to-read pile...

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Of course this list is far from comprehensive, especially for me, but these are the 5 books that I’ve been meaning to read the most. But I’m sure I’m not the only one with a to-be-read list this long, so I’d be interested to hear which books you’ve been meaning to read forever – let me know in the comments below!

What books have you been meaning to read forever? Let me know in the comments below!

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