Bookfessional: Classics I Have Not Read (Gasp!)

Posted November 25, 2016 by Jessica in Bookfessional, Jessica / 7 Comments

Bookfessional: Classics I Have Not Read

My constantly expanding to-be-read list gets more ridiculous by the day, but I don’t usually think of it in terms of the classics. In fact, any time I get a book that isn’t a new release, if it’s a priority, I try to remember to shelve it as an “ASAP” book on Goodreads, otherwise it’ll get lost in the chaos.

So trying to squeeze in a book I never got around to reading when I was younger . . .?

It rarely even occurs to me.

As a result, there are a few surprising (and not-so-surprising) gaps on my “read” shelf. Some of them have been passed over for no specific reason, while others . . . *flares nostrils* . . . #nothappening



But I doubt I’ll ever read it b/c SANDWORMS. *edvard munch face*


Really, I have no idea how I missed this one. My only excuse is that my dad and my grandmother (the readers in my immediate family) were more fantasy-oriented, so it wasn’t in their wheelhouse.

When I was a kid, if one of them didn’t recommend it, I didn’t read it unless I stumbled it over it in the library, which clearly didn’t happen with ENDER’S GAME.


No good reason for skipping this one, but I definitely want to get to it one day, if for no other reason than this: THE POTATO APOCALYPSE.


While I never actually read this one, I kind of feel like I did . . .

I had open-heart surgery when I was five—it was corrective, and I’m totally fine now—and while I was in intensive care, there was one TV and one VCR that got rolled around on a cart, and there was one movie, and yes, that movie was THE LAST UNICORN.

I was there for several days, so I watched that movie a dozen or more times.

Totally doesn’t count, I know, but like I said, I feel like I’ve read it.


Too weird.

I know I’ve probably horrified many of you, but I could never make it more than a few chapters before losing interest. *shrugs awkwardly*


This one scares me . . .

That is all.


I made the mistake of reading a one of King’s short story collections when I was like twelve, and to this day, I can’t fall asleep if the closet door is open.

I know this is completely different, but I DON’T CARE. #kingismyboogieman


Anytime a book’s major selling point is that it’s funny, I can’t work up any enthusiasm, so this is another one that I’ll probably never read.

If it helps, I don’t like Jasper Fforde or Douglas Adams either.


This one is a huge regret.

Not only have I not read THE BFG, I’ve never read ANY of Dahl’s books. And as an adult, I’m afraid that ship has sailed. Like my bff who watched The Princess Bride for the first time about a year ago and thought it was stupid. *wails*


A lot of my fear in regards to THE BFG stems from my attempts to read HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE.

For whatever reason, it too was skipped when I was a child, and the few times I’ve attempted to read it since then have been unsuccessful.

And ten is a good number, so I’ll stop there. BUT. There are more. LOTS more. Maybe I should make a New Year’s resolution or something . . .

What are some SFF classics you haven’t read. Do you think you ever will? Do you want to or are you over it?

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.



7 responses to “Bookfessional: Classics I Have Not Read (Gasp!)

  1. Awww, you have to read some Roald Dahl. Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda… so many good ones!!

  2. I haven’t read Ender’s Game either, but that’s mostly because every time I’ve read an interview with Card I didn’t like him. I so agree on Handmaid’s Take and Alice in Wonderland! Actually, Ronald Dahl books are still good as an adult, at least the ones I’ve read. (The Witches and Chocolate Factory.) I’ve tried to read Dark Tower, but it just starts so SLOW! Terry Pratchett is the best! I don’t think Color of Magic is the best starting point though. Equil Rights is good as is Mort. My favorite is Guards Guards! Thanks for the list, now I don’t feel as bad about all of the books I haven’t read.
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  3. I’ve only read a couple of these like The BFG (Love), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hate) and Alice in Wonderland (LOVE!) I read a good bit of Ender’s Game before I had to return it to the library and liked it but never finished it (next year).

  4. I did read The Gunslinger and it was just “meh.” Not scary at all. If you want scary, try King’s ‘Salem’s Lot or Pet Sematary! I really want to read the entire Dark Tower series but the first was so disappointing!

    I’m determined to read Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve had it on my TBR for years and finally broke down and bought it on Audible because I find it’s easier to listen to classics instead of reading them.

    I haven’t read any of the others on your list! I actually just joined a read-a-long to start in January to read the Wizard of Oz series (the original first 14 books).

    I bought the Roald Dahl boxset for my kids, and I’m also planning to do them as read-alouds.
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