Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

Howdy!  It’s the last Tuesday of the school year! WHOOT! WHOOT!

Top Ten TuesdayEvery week I bring you a Top Ten Tuesday and this week is no different.  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous Broke and Bookish to encourage community among book bloggers and to showcase what we love best…BOOKS!

Each week there is a specific theme and this week is a rewind week where we can choose any past Top Ten topic.  I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the books I haven’t read, so my list is books that I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read.  These are books that are major mainstays in the classic middle grade and young adult canon, but for some reason, I just haven’t read them.  They’re all supposed to be fantastic reads (duh that’s why their considered classics) and many have been sitting on my Goodreads To Read shelf for years, but I just can’t seem to get to them.

You’re curious huh?  You want to know what books I am behind the times on! Okay, well here we go!

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper1. Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

The students at my school really love this book and always tell me that I need to read it.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen2. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

I remember my classmates reading this one in elementary and middle school.  I was too busy solving mysteries with Nancy Drew to get into this one, but I wish I had!

The Fellowship of the Rings by JRR Tolkien3. The Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien

This one is obviously a classic and I’ve seen (and love) the movies.  This series is just such a huge time commitment though. Maybe I’ll save these for one day when we have kids who want to read them…

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor4. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

My focus of study as a History major was the Southern Civil Rights Movement, so the fact that I haven’t read this book is just plain lame.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I know! I know! It’s classic Young Adult and I know its supposed to be so good!  But I’m honestly a little intimidated by this book!

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry6. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Again, as a History lover you’d think I’d have attacked this one long ago, but alas, I have not.

Holes by Louis Sachar7. Holes by Louis Sachar

Tons of people tell me this is one of their all time faves, but again, I missed the boat on this one!

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare8. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

I hadn’t thought too much about this one since 5th grade (somewhere in the early 90s).  But a student recently read it and told me how much she loved it.  Get with the times Christina!

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak9. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

What?!  I know.  Everyone loves this one.

10. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

This book is TEENY TINY! Why haven’t I read it? Again, I am a broken record.  I DON’T KNOW!

This is pretty bad huh? *hides face in palms shamefully*

I promise to repent of my lameness at start fitting these classics into my reading schedule!  Forgive me!

Are you like me?  Are there classics that you just haven’t gotten to yet?  Maybe we should start a support group to hold each other accountable to finally pick up these titles!

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

  1. I’m glad you feel the shame a little as well! When you tell people they love reading and they mention a really famous or popular book I often pretend I have read it because I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t! I have read a few on your list such as ‘The Book Thief’ and ‘Stargirl’ but would love to read ‘Speak’. I recently got a job as a librarian at a high school which I am starting on Monday so I may be asking you for tips and advice in the near future :-P x

  2. Oh man, all I kept doing when I was reading this was saying “OMG, she hasn’t read …” Hatchet, Holes, and Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry are SO amazing. I think a trip to the library is in order. :)

    I tried reading Fellowship of the Ring before I saw the movie and it was sort of like watching paint dry. I tried again after I saw the movie and I loved it. Go figure. Tolkien has a way of describing everything to death. I think I could skip over those passages.

    Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten Tuesday post!

  3. Don’t feel too bad… I haven’t read many of these either. It’s funny you say that you remember the Witch of Blackbird Pond from 5th grade… that’s when I first read it! We had to read it for class… a few of the books you listed I read for school, not by choice! If you like audiobooks, check out The Book Thief on audiobook. That’s how I “read” it and it was SOOO good. The narrator does a fantastic job. I found a copy of the book at a used bookstore and wanted to immediately run home and read it, just to visit it again! :)

  4. Cool list! I’ve read Speak and although I didn’t find it terribly amazing, it was a pretty good read. I’ve seen the movie for Holes and Lord of the Rings but I haven’t actually read the books for them…yet. I will read them, all in due time!

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  5. I second the Book Thief on audio! Have you listened to the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer? It’s my favorite audio series of all time! I haven’t read all the books on your list either-there just isn’t enough time and the new books are so shiny and tempting and make you forget all about dusty old Hatchet…at least that’s what happens to me!

    • I totally feel the same way sometimes, but there is also a reason why do many people love some of the older titles. I don’t want to miss out on awesome reads. :) Thanks for visiting!

  6. When you get to The Witch of Blackbird Pond (my fave book from childhood), Speak & Roll of Thunder, you will not be disappointed. They are all wonderful books. I confess that they are the only ones on the list I have read, but I have virtually every other title on my TBR list. Happy reading!

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