Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

AKA- The Guilt List
AKA- I’m a Bad English Major #shame #angst #arghhhh

1. Anna Karenina
In all fairness, I’m pretty sure a lot of the people who claim to have read this book haven’t. It’s very long… I gave it a good effort, but I only got halfway through. I wanted to punch Kitty for being so darn innocent and self-sacrificing. I also know a lot more about grain production and harvesting than I did before.

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I bought this book, and struggled through the first chapter or so. It seemed very bleak, which usually isn’t a deal breaker for me. I did watch the movie though. (God, I sound like a high school student). That movie needs a trigger warning. Just saying…

3. Teaching to Transgress: Education as a Function of Freedom.
By bell hooks. I’m a feminist, and an educator. bell hooks is one of my heroes. Why have I not read this book?

4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
By Susan Cain. Loved the Ted Talk. I identify as an introvert, and have definitely chosen to avoid certain people because they are overly outgoing, or are exhausting to be with. Interested in the topic, and it’s been in my Goodreads list for a few years.

5. Up the Down Staircase
This is a book that one of my teacher-crushes recommended. She’s also one of my this-is-how-I-want-my-life-to-look crushes (too much hyphenation?).  Anyway, it’s a novel about an idealistic teacher dealing with bureaucracy. Yes, please!

6.  Leaves of Grass
By Walt Whitman. I’ve read parts of this in literature classes. And I quote parts of it all the time (I am vast. I contain multitudes, yo). But I need to take the time and thoroughly read all of it.

7.  Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World
I’ve heard that this is required reading for anyone living in the Central Florida area.

8. Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency.
Found this book in the New section of the library, so I flipped through the pages, took a picture of the book, and told myself I was definitely going to check it out next time. It hasn’t happened yet L But it seems like it should, especially with the presidential election coming up this year.

9.  The Hero with a Thousand Faces
By Joseph Campbell. I took a mythology class during my sophomore year of college, and we studied Joseph Campbell’s the Power of Myth. I was obsessed, and promised myself that I would delve more into the topic…..and I didn’t. womp womp. I still want to. But it hasn’t happened yet.

10.  Luna
by Julie Anne Peters. I ran across this book in my adolescent literature class. It looks great, and I always read books before recommending them to my students. So, it’s on my list.


  1. I love your list and your comments! I have read Anna Karenina (and liked it) - isn't it interesting how some of the classics include so much information about areas like grain production or whaling (I haven't read Moby Dick). I don't think modern novelists do that as much. I also intend to read Quiet and I had forgotten that I planned to read Teaching to Transgress! I also read all three of the Dragon Tattoo books, and my take-away is that the plot is compelling, the details are disturbing, and the writing is fair. Give yourself a pass on that one. I have a pretty big stack of other books I intend to read, though. Yeah the guilt is there. Happy reading!

  2. I haven't read any of those either, but that is what happens in a full life. You read other things, run out of time, have other priorities, etc. No guilt. No regrets. Be well!

  3. Interesting list! Thanks for including some of the backstories.

  4. Shed the guilt, Hannah! Read what you love!!! But keep writing slices. The tone is perfect here. I, too, have felt book guilt; so some of your comments really made me smile. It's fun to see yourself through someone else's slice.

  5. One at a time Hannah, you will get there. Leave the guilt and just get excited about the fact that you have a fantastic list to look forward to, and book more holidays to read them!!

  6. Cool slice format and love your voice shining through this list, Hannah. My chief list is a to-read one and, right now, it feels like a boat taking on water faster than I can bilge it out!

  7. I don;t have a list, I have stacks all over the house. I celebrate every time a stack gets smaller. then i go to the library and they grow again. Feel no guilt, remember the old saying about the way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

  8. This makes me want to make a list of books I haven't read but feel I should. Ha!

  9. I should make a list too! I want to read #4 on your list.

  10. My husband used Hero of a Thousand Faces to write many college papers. Apparently it spells out the hero myth arc and you can show how someone is a hero by the journey they go through. He has a MFA in creative writing now. :-)

  11. My husband used Hero of a Thousand Faces to write many college papers. Apparently it spells out the hero myth arc and you can show how someone is a hero by the journey they go through. He has a MFA in creative writing now. :-)