And…You’re Saying I Should Read That? A Top Ten List

Those books everyone says you should read…? From depression to heartbreak to the totally obnoxious – these are books I’m just not sure I want to read. Ten of them, specifically (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). And I figured my lack of any sort of introduction would be forgiven by including a gratuitous photo of Paul Newman reading. Right? Right.

Paul Newman Reading

10. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Described as profoundly tragic. Please…tell me why I should read this.

09. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I think it’s just a lack of interest on my part. I’m sure it’s good.

08. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I am of the opinion that if this is your favorite book, we are never going to be friends.

07. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I feel like everyone has read this one…

06. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. I’ve seen it. That’s as close as it’s going to get to be read. Have you seen the size of that thing?

05. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. For all of my good intentions in life, this one probably won’t happen.

04. The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkein. I own this. It’s sits proudly on my shelf collecting dust. The idea is nice, but the thought of going even deeper into the myths and legends of Middle-Earth scares me away.

03. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron. I’ve read Requiem for a Dream, clearly I’ve already reached my literary misery quota. I’m sure it’s probably good, but no. I will never read this. Ever.

02. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. Stephen King describes this series as  “sex among the cave people”. Color me intrigued, but still…no.

01. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. I read Ulysses. That’s enough, right?

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