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My GoodReads account tells me that I have 159 books on my “to read” shelf. This is not a good sign, especially since my job asks me to review a number of books. I’m not sure what this says about me, other than book buying is therapeutic for me. Or that I’m not reading as much or as often as I’d like to.

However, even into early adulthood, I felt compelled to finish any book I’d started, even if it wasn’t an engaging read. I’m still learning that the author won’t take it personally if I only make it halfway through. With so much that I want to read, I’m learning to take solace in Dorothy Parker’s famous quote,

“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”

I need to start throwing more books, simply so I can read more of the good ones. To that end, I need to ask honest questions of myself and of you.

What books have you never read that you should have by now?

Don’t be ashamed to answer. This is a safe place (and you can always leave an anonymous comment if you so chose).

For me, those books include

  • Don Quixote
  • The Power and the Glory
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • On the Road
  • Infinite Jest
  • Slaughterhouse Five
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces
  • The Divine Conspiracy
  • The Everlasting Man

And likely dozens of others that I don’t own. So, what’s on your list?

The inspiration for this post came from a similar post on Robert Bruce’s 101 Books blog, where he’s blogging through Time Magazine’s 100 greatest novels. For book lovers, it’s a great site that may introduce you to some works that have never crossed your reading radar.

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