Top Ten Tuesday: Rewind

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday.

This week’s Top Ten is a little different in that you can choose one from the past that you weren’t able to do. I’ve done most of them so I’m going with Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read (to pick a past Top Ten go through their list here).

My reading tastes have evolved to be more eclectic and broader so it’s not really a surprise to me with some of the books I haven’t read yet because ten years ago I wouldn’t have even thought of picking those books up seeing as I was all about horror. Oh how things change… Anyway I’ve included books in the list that I wouldn’t have thought of ten years ago, but now tell myself off for not getting to them yet.

Some of these may be children’s books too because I think I had weird reading habits as a young one, especially after having people exclaim about me not reading a certain book or reacting to me not know what they were on about.

  1. Enid Blyton – I’ve only read one book and that was as an adult. I can’t remember the title and I wasn’t exactly won over so I’m not counting it when I count all of Enid Blyton works. We had a bunch of her books sitting on the shelf while I was growing up. My sister read them, but I never even contemplated reading one. Sometimes I wonder over that because I’d see the covers and pick them up to look at them, but I had no interest whatsoever when it came to reading them. Maybe it was because I saw them as my sister’s so hands off, or maybe it’s because I just wasn’t into that sort of reading as a kid.
  2. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk – I love the movie adaptation, I’ve read Haunted (which I loved), and this would be one of those books I’d have read ten years ago, so it surprised me that I haven’t read this one yet! I’m happy that I finally have it on my shelf as I got it for a Christmas present, but I just have to get to reading it… Getting close…
  3. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey – I love the movie adaptation and setting seems like it’d be my sort of thing too when I’m in a certain mood, but I still haven’t read it yet. I do have it on my shelf though so at least I’m getting there.
  4. Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger – I’ve been informed because it’s a cult classic and everyone has read it. Not really a surprise for me, but a surprise for my partner.
  5. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – Nope I haven’t read it! It’s funny too because one of my absolute favourite movies is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I looooove that movie and I have a habit of wanting to read the books that films are adapted from, so why haven’t I read that yet? Who knows?
  6. Dystopian Classics – I was going to put We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, but then I thought of another book and then another book… There are classic novels I’ve read from the Dystopian genre like 1984, Brave New World, and Kallocain, but there’s so many I haven’t gotten to. Dystopia is coming across as a bit of a fad nowadays, but I’ve loved it for so long, it’s not a passing fad to me so I’m appalled and surprised by how many of those books I haven’t read yet.

This was a hard one to do and finish so I thought I’d add something to the end of it – Books I Can’t Believe Someone Else Hasn’t Read Yet! – because I know there are so many tastes out there and reading habits, this isn’t serious or anything, just a bit of fun. Mainly these are ones that come about when someone exclaims over me not having read something yet and I wonder why they are questioning that one instead of another one. The first book is a great example when someone questions me over Enid Blyton because I’m in Australia and usually it’s the Aussies that have that reaction.

  1. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs – People go on about me not reading Enid Blyton, but what about May Gibbs? I find this interesting because May Gibbs was an Aussie author and Snugglepot and Cuddlpie had all sorts of interesting adventures. It’s rare I come across others offline who mention her and her creation.
  2. 1984 by George Orwell – This is one of those ones that surprise me when someone loves classic literature and dystopia/science fiction, especially if they’re looking for something else to read.
  3. Anne Rice’s Other Books – So many times I come across readers who love Anne Rice, but don’t realise she’s written more than her vampire chronicles or Mayfair witches series (historical, kink, and romance). Of course it makes sense if they’re only interested in vampire fiction or witches, but it can still surprise me sometimes.

What about you? Are there books out there you can’t believe you’ve never read or are there books you can’t believe someone else hasn’t read yet?

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Rewind

  1. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I am participating in the Reading Challenge this year to read at least six books that I should have read in school but didn’t. It is a perfect challenge because I have missed so many books that it seems like everyone else has read. Last week I finished The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, earlier it was Brave New World and Lord of the Flies. I am actually proud of myself for getting to them finally.


  2. I completely agree with what you said about dystopian classics. I have always loved dystopians, and yet I’m rather weary of the new books coming out in their masses this year. I haven’t read any classics yet, but I have a couple sitting on my shelf!

    Books of Amber


  3. Funny, the only ones of Anne Rice’s books that I like are her historical fiction novels. Feast of All Saints is one of the best books I’ve read detailing the Africa American culture in New Orleans during slavery.


  4. I fall into the category of those who have not read 1984 or Anne Rice’s other books. For shame! I do want to read 1984 this year though for the dystopian challenge.

    I have read Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and Catcher and the Rye though. Hope you do read the books on your list – they all look good to me. I’m interested to read your dystopian classics reviews especially.


  5. Ahh, Dahl! Favorite author of mine. 🙂

    1984 depressed me mightily in high school, but I imagine I’d take it differently as an adult.


  6. I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read any of these books either! I’ve heard of a lot of them, but never picked them up. Haven’t read 1984 either – this coming from a girl who LOVES her dystopian! I think nearly half the population has read that book, I don’t understand why I haven’t yet.

    You’ve encouraged me to check some of these out now, thanks 🙂


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