When one of my favorite writers, Kristen Kieffer, shared eight books she was ashamed she hadn't read, it got me thinking: Were there any books I was ashamed I hadn’t read yet?
I used to be a reading machine. I loved nothing better than to go to the library or bookstore and walk away with an armful of books to read. But somewhere along the line, life got busy and I found myself reading less and less.
So it’s time my 2017 reading list helped me make the time to read those books that I’m ashamed I haven't gotten around to reading.
Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
As a lit major and Shakespeare fan, I can’t believe I’ve never read these two classics. I don’t even own a copy of Shakespeare’s play I can read from. *Gasp* The only copy I have belonged to my great grandfather and it is a look-but-don’t-touch copy from the 1930s. So first, buy Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Then read them!
Lord of the Rings
I know! How could I not? I’ve tried...does that count? And The Hobbit is one of my favorite novels, but I just skipped the LOTR books and went straight for the movies. I really love reading The Hobbit— I reread it nearly every year—so I know I’ll love LOTR. I’ve just got to start them :)
This is going to be my Halloween read this year. It’s a classic (English major, remember?) and as a writer of paranormal fantasy, how have I not read this yet?
Neil Gaiman’s Stardust
I love fantasy fiction (obviously, right?), but I tend to stay in my comfort zone, so this year, I’m challenging myself to read “new” fantasy fiction rather than going back to my old favorites. And Neil Gaiman’s Stardust has been on my to-read list for a while.
Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series
Speaking of reading new fantasy, I read Daughter of Odren by Le Guin at the end of last year and realized I must have been living under a rock to have never heard of this author before. So the entire Earthsea series is on my to-read list this year.
More Fiction by Indie Authors
As an independent author, I feel like I should be supporting other indie authors. It’s not that I don’t enjoy reading indie fiction (good fiction is good fiction), it’s just that I don’t think about it. *Hangs head in shame.* So I’m making it a goal to read more works by indie authors this year starting with Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci and Risen Gods by J. F. Penn.
Do you have any books you’re ashamed you haven’t read yet? Then let’s make a pact to read our shame-inducing book list this year, yeah? :)