As someone who considers herself a bookish person and as someone who takes a lot of online quizzes, I am often disappointed that I don't score higher on many literary quizzes.

This is mostly because many quizzes rely heavily on "classics". I have read some classics, but there are definitely some major ones that I have not read, and probably never will. Mostly, no one cares or notices, but as a person who talks about books a lot, there are some that come up more than others. Rather than feel embarrassed about these classic books I haven't read, I decided to list them here.

Books I Haven't Read and Don't Plan To Anytime Soon:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • All Jane Austen (except PP)
  • All Charles Dickens
  • All Mark Twain
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

It's not that I don't like classic books, but I find them difficult to read alone. I like them more when I can read them with other people and discuss them, which is why I always enjoyed my English classes. I would love to take some continuing ed. English classes, but it's just not possible right now.

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What books are you embarrassed that you haven't read? Are there any books that you have lied about reading?