BTT: The best book you have never read…

We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from them. Or just that they’re supposed to be worthy. We just … haven’t gotten around to them yet.
What’s the best book that YOU haven’t read yet?

If I was asked this question last week, I would have said ‘Anne of green gables’. I wanted to read this book for ages and I knew I would like it. But somehow I never got around to reading it until last year. And obviously I loved it 🙂
Even now there are way too many books in my TBR pile or on my wish list that I want to read but never get around to.
The first book that comes to my mind is ‘A tree grows in Brooklyn’. I know I am going to love this one. 
tree_grows_in_brooklynBut honestly I cannot mention just one book. I have a huge list of books that I want to read and know will be fabulous.
Some of them are-
Little woman
Purple Hibiscus
Lost World
Sometimes you just cannot read books from your TBR pile because of the huge pile of review copies staring accusingly at you. That’s why I guess we have a ‘Read from your own TBR pile’ challenge 🙂
But it’s also satisfying to know that you have some really good books in your TBR pile just waiting to be read.

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  1. Violet, I like your idea about the ‘Read from your own TBR pile’ challenge! Perhaps you can host this as one of the reading challenges? 😀


  2. I think many of us have never actually ‘read’ the childhood classics but because they’re so popular and their storylines so well known, it’s easy to not read the books. I’ve just realised I’ve never read one Sherlock Holmes book.


  3. There is something nice about knowing great books are there to look forward to. 🙂

    @Mae: Interesting point! I’m often saying, “no, I haven’t read it, but I know how it goes.”


  4. Ohhhh Little Women. Read it. Like, now. I only ever read the first half (which is a whole separate book outside of the States) and liked it. Then I read the whole thing, and I love it. Like, top 5 of all time love it. Not that that necessarily means that you will love it lol, but it’s definitely worth a shot. Remember your tissues though!


  5. I think you are right Mae. There are so many books to read that you kind of avoid reading the books you already know so much about. Good point 🙂

    Absolutely Jennifer 🙂

    Alice: You’ve got to read it. I am sure you won’t regret it.

    Meghan: I know. I got A Tree Grows in Brooklyn from a second hand book store. At that time I didn’t know it was so popular. Someday 🙂

    Brooke: I have seen the first half an hour of the movie and loved it. Thats the reason why i bought the book in the first place. It is listed in my Classics challenge. so I am sure i’ll get to it this year at least 🙂


  6. I still love A of G G. What a fabulous book that was. My mother has the DVD and it really brought my ideas that the book gave to life.


  7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn hadn’t even been on my radar until after I read The Glass Castle. It’s on my wish list… now I just need to get around to buying and reading it.


  8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is on my list! I ‘borrowed’ an idea from BethF and turned my BTT for this week into a poll/challenge. Stop by and leave your 2 cents. =)


  9. OMG! I forgot about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! It was one of my dad’s favorite books, and it’s been on Mt. TBR for months and months now. I never have read Anne of Green Gables, though. As a tomboy, I thought it too girly, and as an adult, none of my daughters have ever sniffed in her direction, so I’ve never had a reason to go that direction. Little Women, oddly enough, has been one of my most endearing favorites… as a tomboy (I loved Jo) and as an adult.. still love Jo 😉


  10. I believe my copy of Little Women is stowed away for safekeeping. Speaking of childhood favorites, I still need to read the Neverending Story and the Princess Bride. Happy reading!


  11. @ Mish: The Neverending Story book is way way better than the movies. I read it at least once a year. I’ve only read the Princess Bride once, but I liked it. It’s clever and funny, just like the movie really!


  12. Fab: Haven’t seen the movie. I will have to check it out.

    Heather: I loved the glass castle. I thought it was fantastic.

    thekoolaidmom: The book is girly but different kind of girly. You might like it. And Anne in a way is a tom boy too 🙂

    Mish, Brooke: Haven’t read Neverending Story and the Princess Bride either. In fact I just recently read about them. I feel like a dud 🙂

    Brooke: Do you have a blog?


  13. Hi Violet,
    Funny you should have ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ as your main ‘gotta get to’ book. It’s on my list for an upcoming ‘New York’ reading challenge and like you I’m hugely excited by its potential.
    Good luck with all in your list. I hope you get to some (all) of them some day soon.


  14. I haven’t read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, either. You could read that and Little Women for the Women’s History Month challenge? I’m not familiar with the other two you mention (I recognize the titles but have no clue who wrote them. eek?)


  15. @ Violet: Yep I do, . I found you through Jennifer’s blog (breathlessmind) and clicked because your blog name is one word different from mine lol (mine’s Violet Serene). Then found a great blog!

    @ Mish: Yep, annually. I hardly ever get to the library or book shop so about half of my reading is re-reading books that I already have on my shelves lol.


  16. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” is an okay book. I didn’t expect much of it, knowing that a good friend had given up a few chapters in. While I ended up finishing it, it just didn’t impress me too much. “Little Women”, on the other hand, was an early read (one of my first classics, even though I disliked the at-times over-girly aspects) and is still one of the books I recommend most to young readers (especially girls) and old readers alike.


  17. Thanks for the link Brooke 🙂

    Biblibio: You are the only person I have heard a not so positive review 🙂
    I hope i like it though, I will really be very dissapointed otherwise 🙂


  18. I haven’t read *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn* either. Now that you’ve mentioned it, I’ll keep my eye out for it at our library’s book sale later this spring (a great place to add to the TBR pile!)


  19. Wow, this question really threw me. The best book I have never read? How to decide! There are so many books I haven’t read!

    OMG, I’m going to have a sleepless night thinking of the answer! Yikes!


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