Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s top ten list is “The Top Ten Books That I Feel Everyone Has Read but Me”.

Mine are as follows:

Books I want to (and plan on) reading:

1. The Bible by Anonymous

I’m not a religious person, my parents never took me to church, but I am embarassed to say that I’ve never read the Bible (Old Testament or King James). As a lover of literature, an English major, and a product of the Western World, it is my duty to read this book which has had such a major influence on the authors I love and the world I live in.

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I got an ARC of this at the ALA Midwinter conference, but I barely glanced at it before I placed it in my classroom library. Now, it’s all I ever read about. I own it, it’s on my coffee table, I will be reading it this fall.

3. One Hundred Years of Solitude  by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This book is one of my oldest TBR books. Being a fan of Magical Realism, apparently I have to read this.

4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Both my sister and Mom loved this book. I have a copy, which I lend to a lot of students who saw the movie. I haven’t seen the movie yet, and won’t until I read the book.

5. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Another old TBR book. Was this an Oprah Book Club pick? Everyone seems to have read this one with mixed reviews.

6. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Someone loaned the audiobook of this to me, but I never got around to it. It’s very highly recommended and I will get to it soon!

Probably Not Going to Happen:

7. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I wanted to read this one, but my Mom didn’t care for it. It seemed to be everywhere last year when that barely advertised movie with Julia Roberts came out. I’m not inspired to read it.

8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Everyone seems to have read this one. Someone gave me their copy of it along with the rest of the series. I read the first few pages then put it down for another book. I might read this because I truly believe it’s good and well-written, but I just don’t really have the urge.  Will probably end up reading it for a book challenge.

Definitely Not Going to Happen:

9. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Couldn’t do it. Couldn’t get past the telling. Didn’t Brown’s 7th grade English teacher advise him to show not tell. Not well written, don’t care enough to get past it for the apparently amazing plot.

10. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Is this book still relevant? A few years ago, everyone was talking about The Secret.  I’m only remembering it now because a few weeks ago, when I was still laid off from teaching, a co-worker asked a down-in-the-dumps me “Have you read The Secret?” “No, but I don’t need to. It’s called common sense and a positive attitude. Learned that in elementary school and from Peter Pan.”

Did you read any of these books? Does your opinion differ from my comments?

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