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No matter how many books you’ve read, there are always thousands that you haven’t. This week’s list is all about books that it seems everyone but you has read.
1. Mansfield Park (Jane Austen) – It seems like a lot of people I know have read this, or have at least seen one of the film adaptations. I’m working my way slowly through Austen, and this is one that I just haven’t gotten to yet.
2. Stephen King – I read a couple of King’s short stories for a high school English class, and there’s no doubt that he’s a great writer; I just don’t like being terrified by books. If his novels are as creepy and gory as the short stories I read, I think I’ll pass.
3. Bill Bryson – I have several of his books, including At Home. I’ve heard only good things about Bryson, but the book is such a chunkster that I haven’t been able to work up the courage to crack the spine. Someday…
4. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen) – I’ve heard lots of good things about this book, and it seems like everyone I know has read it. But I just can’t force myself to rush into a book that (I’m told) deals with animal cruelty and abusive spouses. Not really my cup of tea.
5. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) – I see this book everywhere. Thankfully I know that no matter the plot, I’m probably not going to like a dystopian novel, so I’m spared any guilt I might have felt for not reading the series.
6. Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin) – I love high fantasy, but I just don’t have the time to get totally entrenched in a deep, long series like this right now. It’s on my list of possibilities for the future, though.
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot) – It sounds good, but my mother’s recent battle with cancer (she kicked its ass, boo-yah!) has put me off reading much about cancer.
8. Room (Emma Donaghue) – Sounds like an interesting idea for a story, but not something I’m likely to pick up.
9. Nicholas Sparks – I made the horrible mistake of watching the film adaptations of The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. I just don’t see the point of bawling one’s eyes out for the entire duration of a film/book, but lots of people are in love with Sparks’ writing. It’s just not my thing.
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