Over at Janet's Journal this morning, my blog buddy Janet was talking about Children's Literature - what's she's read and what she hasn't. Combined with a post over at Jennifer Lyon's blog - wherein she mentioned loving a character name from a JD Robb novel - I got to thinking about the famous authors and classic novels I've never read that I probably should've by now.
These are the books and/or authors I've never read - some of which I plan on rectifying once I get some time:
JD Robb / Nora Roberts - she's only one person (albeit a hugely prolific one), but I'd like to read at least one of each of her personas
Stephanie Meyer - I've never had the urge to read the Twilight series, but The Host sounds interesting, and I suppose I really should see what all the hubbub is about with her big money books.
Scott Westerfeld - from everything I've heard I'm doing myself an injustice by missing out on his spectulative series. Uglies is definitely on my To-Read list.
Jane Austen - I've tried. Really I have. I just can't make myself get farther than a third of the way through anything I've picked up by her.
Mark Twain - Somehow, somewhere along the way I skipped reading any of his books. Seen the movies, but never read the novels. I did read one of his short stories, though.
Jean Auel - at some point, I am going to read Clan of the Cave Bear if it kills me.
Don Quixote - I've seen the play. Hell, I can probably sing most of the songs from it all the way through. I just need to get off my ass and read the book.
Mario Puzo - He's sold tons. Millions of readers can't be wrong.
John Michener - Ditto
Ivanhoe - because, come on, I love the period, and the theme of the book is right up my alley
Louisa May Alcott - I must be the only female above the age of 14 who hasn't read at least one of her books
Joseph Conrad - I've heard conflicting reports on his books, but I did enjoy the movie Lord Jim (well, most of it).
Moby Dick - Call me Ishmael. If Matilda can love it, why can't I?
Matilda - I loved the movie. I really need to read the book.
Oscar Wilde - the man's sense of humor calls to me - I can't think of why I haven't read him yet.
The Rabbit novels by John Updike - recommended to me twenty years ago
Robinson Crusoe - given the fact that I tried to write this book when I was four (by copying it onto loose leaf paper), it's sick that I haven't ever read more than the first page.
DH Lawrence - especially Women in Love, which was given to me by the best English professor a young wannabe writer could ever need
Edgar Rice Burroughs - Tarzan? Gods of Mars? What's wrong with me?
Andre Norton - I did read her MG novel Star Ka'at, but she wrote so many great books
Tolstoy - I've read longer books.
Anthony Trollope - I've read some quotes from this guy that make me want to see what his fiction is all about
Wuthering Heights - another book I tried to read and failed.
Charles Dickens - well I read The Mystery of Edwin Drood, but it's so odd I think I should try something else by him
Peter Pan - a case of love the mythology of this world, but never read the book
Anne of Green Gables - because my daughter loved it so
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - from everything I've read about Eco, I really don't like the man, but the movie from this book was awesome, so I better read the book. (I'm a sucker for Sean Connery - even if he plays a monk.)
The Lord of the Rings - I haven't read Tolkien other than The Hobbit - which I loved - and the beginning of The Silmarillion - which I hated.
So, I guess in this month of resolutions, I should commit to reading some of these. Tell ya what, I resolve to read five of these books this year - more if I get a chance, but definitely five. If I think of anything else I'll let you know. If you think I missed anything, let me know. K?
What books haven't you read that you feel like you should've? Anybody willing to commit reading five of their own missed books this year?