Saturday, 14 October 2017

Novels I Wish I Had Read - #Blogtober17 Day 14

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Novels I Wish I Had Read - #Blogtober17 Day 14


The theme for Day 14 #Blogtober17 is Novels. I could write about my favourite novels but I have already written My 10 Favourite Books and the only thing I would change is to include Game Of Thrones. I am reading it at the moment and loving it, I haven't seen the TV series though.

Inspired by squid mamma and her post Iconic Movies I Haven't Seen, I thought instead I would write a list of books that I wish I had read.

To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee


A story of injustice and racial discrimination in the deep south of America.

Someone on Facebook was asking for people who had read To Kill A Mocking Bird and what had impressed them the most. I started replying when I realised that I had not actually read the book and my experiences were from the black and white film and a stage play. I knew the story, I thought I had read it but when I tried to think of a scene, I just kept seeing the play. This is now on my must read list.

The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald


A novel set in the Jazz age about wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. 

I was given this book to read when I was doing my A levels, it wasn't on the curriculum and I was busy so I never read it. It has always been on my must read list and I still haven't seen the film!

The Catcher In The Rye - J D Salinger


A novel of teenage angst and rebellion. Holden Caulfield is 16, he leaves prep school in Pensylvania and goes underground in New York.

Another book I was given to read, this time by a friend and I did try. I started it a couple of times but just couldn't get into it. Maybe it's a book that needs to be read as a teenager. It is not on my must read list, just on my wish I had.

Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys


A prequel to Charlotte Brönte's Jane Eyre (one of my all time favourite books) that gives the story of the madwoman in the attic and what caused her madness. I was told about this book about five years ago and it is still on my must read list.

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller


We all know what catch 22 is, it's can't win, Hobson's choice. The novel is set in WWII and follows a group of airmen. I have heard it is difficult to read but the story has always intrigued me.


According to the novel, people who were crazy were not obliged to fly missions, but anyone who applied to stop flying was showing a rational concern for his safety and was, therefore, sane and had to fly Wikipedia 

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time - Mark Haddon


I just love the title! I had to look it up to see what it is about. Christopher, an autistic boy, is accused of killing his neighbours dog. He sets out, like his hero Sherlock Holmes, to track down the real killer.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon's choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally. Good Reads

These are just some of the novels I wish I had read. Do you have any?


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5 comments

  1. We have a few the same, ones I've not got around to yet. The Curious Incident is a great read!

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  2. Ooo definitely find time to read Catcher and Gatsby! They are wonderful books. #blogtober17

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  3. I've read 2 of them: To Kill a Mockingbird in school, as part of my GCSE & the curious incident of the dog in the night time. I would definitely recommend both x

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  4. I haven't read any of these....I keep meaning to read some of the classics but never quite get around to it x

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  5. I haven't read Wide Sargasso Sea or Catch 22 but have read all the others. To Kill a Mockingbird is incredible, an absolute must read, had me crying on a commuter train! The Great Gatsby was OK but not as great as I thought it would be. And I hated The Catcher In The Rye! The Curious Incident is really good too.

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