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The Best Book I’ve Never Read – Booking Through Thursday (and a poll!)


This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

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?

Great question!

I’m hesitant to tell you because I think when I tell you the best books I haven’t read yet, y’all will be GO READ THAT BOOK NOW. But maybe that’s what I need. A swift kick in the butt. Because these books are at the very very top of my TBR pile, and yet, they’re like the red-headed step-child. They get no love from me.

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • HeartSick by Chelsea Cain
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Okay, I’m ready for it. Tell me that I must drop everything and read one of these books! Better yet, tell me in this poll.

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What’s the best book YOU haven’t read yet? Let me know, and if I think you need it, I’ll berate you myself. 😉

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68 Responses to “The Best Book I’ve Never Read – Booking Through Thursday (and a poll!)”

  1. Maree

    I’ve read quite a few of those, but the Interpreter of Maladies is …something else. Very, very, very good 🙂


  2. Marie

    I recently finished Jonathan Strange and enjoyed it very much, despite the slow start and some slow parts in the middle. It’s one of those books I’d read again.

    My BTT is here:


  3. Robin of My Two Blessings

    Of all those books, I’ve read The Once and Future King” years ago. Will be interesting to look into the other books.

    My btt post is here


  4. claire

    From your list, I’ve only read The Time Traveler’s Wife (good) and The Once and Future King (amazing!). I hope you get to all these titles on your list soon!


  5. Stephanie

    I have a few of those books on my TBR list. Actually most of them. I have, however, read HeartSick….and it really is great! (if you like suspense, thriller type books, that is!)


  6. BooksPlease

    I’ve read The Time Traveller’s Wife – didn’t like it much and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell which I thought was wonderful, although very long!


  7. farmlanebooks

    That’s an interesting list. I think Middlesex, Kavalier and Norrell are all similar in that they are great books, but suffer from dull sections.

    The Time Travellers Wife is amazing, so I voted for that, but I haven’t read Interpreter of Maladies yet, so I may be missing something there.


  8. Meghan

    I’ve read and loved three of these – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and The Eye of the World. In my opinion, you should wait on that last one until book 12 is out so that you actually have the series to complete if you fall in love like I did, although to be honest by the time you read 11 chunksters in between all the other books I’m sure you want/have to read, it might well be complete! Anyway, I vote for Jonathan Strange because I adored it to pieces. It does get a bit slow and it’s long, but it’s fantastic and worth it. TTW is also wonderful, but not as much.


  9. Jennifer

    I haven’t read any of those so I’ll be keeping an eye on your poll results! 🙂


  10. Jo

    Go for Jonathon Strange! The only other one I’ve read is The Time Travellers wife and I wasn’t keen on the end. Rest of it was good though


  11. Helen Hunt

    I have only read the Time Traveller’s Wife – I loved it.


  12. S. Krishna

    I’ve read The Time Traveler’s Wife (overrated), The Once and Future King (eh) and Interpreter of Maladies (very good!) off your TBR list. There are way too many books out there to get all of them read!


  13. Yvonne

    I read HeartSick and it was really good.


  14. Bibliolatrist

    I’m currently struggling with Kavalier and Clay…I voted for the Time Traveler’s Wife, which I absolutely adored. Have fun!


  15. Chris@bookarama

    I really enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife. Very different.


  16. Care

    I voted for Interpreter of Maladies. And the books I have in house that I keep saying I should read are Pillars of the Earth, Blind Assasin, She’s Come Undone, and A Prayer for Owen Meany – see a theme? All are over 450 pages.


  17. Beth F

    Although I loved five of the books on your list, Middlesex is my choice: It’s one of the best books I’ve read in years in terms of literary fiction. An absolute must read.


  18. bermudaonion

    I didn’t take your poll, because I’ve never read any of those books either – I don’t even own any of them.


  19. Heather

    I was reading your post and like, “Here, here to The Time Traveler’s Wife,” until I saw Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. You HAVE, HAVE, HAVE to read that. It’s simply fantastic. Incredible. There aren’t enough adjectives in my vocabulary to describe its awesomeness (Chabon probably could, but not me).


  20. Lezlie

    I don’t know if I’d advise you to drop everything, but The Eye of the World is pretty great! 🙂



  21. Becca

    Interpreter of Maladies, followed closely by The Time Traveler’s Wife – no question 🙂


  22. nikki

    Time Traveler’s Wife OR Kavalier and Clay.

    I voted for Kavalier and Clay though. I have a strong personal love of Michael Chabon. My son is named Grady, after the protagonist in Chabon’s Wonder Boys. So yeah…I’m a leetle obsessed with his writing style….


  23. Vasilly

    I haven’t read any of those but they are on my shelves.


  24. CeeCee

    Great books! Read the Time Traveler’s Wife first.


  25. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    I haven’t read any of those, lol. Not much help here!


  26. Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog

    It’s a tie between The Time Traveler’s Wife and Interpreter of Maladies. Hell, read ’em both.


  27. Steph

    I voted for Time Traveler’s Wife, just because that’s the book I’m currently reading! 😉 Looks like it’s going to win…


  28. lisamm

    I’ve only read 3.. THe Time Trav. Wife, Middlesex, and Int. of Maladies. Of those 3, my personal favorite was Interpreter of Maladies- it was awesome, but I really like Lahiri. However, it’s a short story collection, and do I remember correctly that you’re not a big short story lover?? I liked The Time Traveler’s Wife but did not LOVE it, and Middlesex.. well, it was long. But good. But long. And parts of it were kinda stupid.


  29. Megan

    Jhumpa Lahiri is my favorite author… ever! I adore her writing and the magical, powerful stories she weaves together! Definitely read Interpreter of Maladies, and pick up The Namesake if you haven’t read that one yet. I have her latest, Unaccustomed Earth, waiting patiently for me! 🙂


  30. The Social Frog

    I heard that the Time Travelers Wife was pretty good. I am thinking about reading it myself.


  31. twistyfarmy

    Brilliant! Love the poll. I would recommend either Eye of World (read it and loved it) or Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norell (also on my list of must reads).


  32. Christa

    That was hard for me to really pick but I picked The Time Traveler’s Wife in the poll HOWEVER I really like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and I also liked Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell although that one took me awhile to read. BUT I would really recommend the first two.


  33. Lynn

    The Time Traveler’s Wife was wonderful.

    Middlesex? meh. Slow, plodding, boring if you ask me. I never got what all the fuss was about.

    I just finished one of my TBRs: the Patron Saint of Liars. Loved it. I can’t believe it was a first novel.


  34. Heather

    Totally, totally, totally read The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s one of my absolute favorites.

    Interpreter of Maladies is fantastic too, but personally I would read it bit by bit, as they are short stories so there’s no pressure to get through the book all at once. 🙂


  35. Natasha @ Maw Book

    I couldn’t tell you, I haven’t read any of them either!


  36. thekoolaidmom

    I, too, have several of the same books on Mt. TBR. Time Traveller’s Wife, Interpreter of Maladies, and The Once and Future King lept right out at me. I could only vote for Middlesex, as that is the only one of the books listed I have read, but it’s well worth the read 😉


  37. Kylee

    I voted for Middlesex. I have it and haven’t read it, but my mom really enjoyed it.


  38. chartroose

    The Time Traveler’s Wife is boring and silly, and I can’t fathom why so many people voted for it. I guess there’s no accounting for taste ( =


  39. Florinda

    I voted before I finished reading the whole list :-), but I still wouldn’t change my answer: Middlesex. For my money, it’s one of the best books of the decade – it amazed me.

    I’m not big on short stories, but Interpreter of Maladies is excellent, and as a Michael Chabon fan, I endorse …Kavalier and Clay, but I still say to read Middlesex.

    I read The Once and Future King back in high school, and I prefer some of the more recent re-interpretations of the Arthurian stories, to be honest. And The Time Traveller’s Wife just doesn’t grab me, for some reason.


  40. Simon S

    Great list of books to read… I almost put The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay in mine actually! You simply have to read The Time Travellers Wife, amazing!


  41. Matthew

    I’ve got so many but when I reflect upon the type of writing style that appeals me the most, I narrow it down to a short list.
    I voted for Middlesex. 🙂


  42. Michelle

    I’ve read Time Traveller’s Wife, Interpreter of Maladies and Kavalier and Clay. You should definately pick up all three!


  43. Jeanne

    I’ve read all the books on your list except for HeartSick, and would rate all of them as kind of middling-good books.

    I’ve never read Moby-Dick. Don’t know if I’ll live long enough!


  44. Julie

    I haven’t heard of the other books on your list, but The Once and Future King is terrific! There are some slow spots to be sure, but the overall work is wonderful.

    The main books on my list are Ulysses (Joyce), In Search of Lost Time (Proust), and Lord of the Rings (Tolkien).


  45. nanscorner

    From your list, I’ve only read Middlesex… but I did love it. Here’s my post:


  46. Kiki

    I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife–I’ve read it twice and enjoyed it even more thesecond time.

    I’ve also read Middlesex (heartbreaking, great writing, great story) and Interpreter of Maladies (great stories–perfect for a lucnch break! And also loved The Namesake as well).

    They are all great books, but I really enjoyed the heck out of TTW–a departure from what I usually read (pretty sexy) but well done–and I love time travel books.


  47. Sadako

    Middlesex is pretty good. I read it years ago but it’s definitely entertaining. Stuff about intersexed/ambiguously gendered people always interests me, and this one’s also got a really good plot. Bit on the long side, but I really liked it.


  48. Donna

    I’ve read Time Traveler’s Wife, Middlesex, The Once and Future King, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. I voted for JS&MN because it was my favorite of these. I really must read Kavelier and Clay and Interpreter of Maladies.


  49. Staci

    I feel like I have to read Anna Karenina


  50. Bookfool, aka Nancy

    I still haven’t read Gone With the Wind. I feel really awful about that.


  51. softdrink

    While I loved The Time Travelers Wife, I think you’re more a Middlesex kind of gal. So you should read them both and tell me if I’m right. But start w/ Middlesex.


  52. rantsandreads

    Even though Time Traveler’s Wife has the most votes, I’m afraid that its super hyped up for you now! I hope you don’t go into it expecting something fantastic and having the book fall short. I loved this book, but mostly because I had no idea what to expect and had heard nothing about this book before I read it.


  53. Charm

    Time Travellers Wife – read this one first before the movie comes out and ruins the book for everyone that hasnt read it yet! the audio book of it is really good too.


  54. Biblibio

    Seeing as I’ve only read one of the books on this list, I can’t really recommend any one way or the other. And I don’t particularly recommend that single one that I did read: “The Time Traveler’s Wife” – overrated, not that well written, not that engaging, not that good… I know it’s popular (the only reason I read it was because a friend recommended it to me, but in retrospect, a lot of the books this friend likes don’t suit my style), but it’s one of the more annoying books I’ve read in a few years. You’ll probably read it anyways, but if you don’t… you’re not actually missing much.


  55. jennygirl

    Strange and Norell…that was one of those that I bought because of all the hype about it. 150 pages in and I was bored to tears. Tears I tell you!
    That’s why I will never buy a book based on hype alone.
    (Can you tell I didn’t like this book 🙂 )

    I would go with the Time Traveler’s Wife


  56. Byrningbunny

    I’ve only read two of these and I loved them both — Middlesex and The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay. I was surprised that I enjoyed the second as much as I did. I would highly recommend them to people who enjoy reading. You’ve given me some ideas to add to my own list. Thank you!


  57. Lorin

    I voted for Time Travelers wife, as there’s a movie in the works and I always like to read the book before the movies come out. Plus, its really, really good.

    I also highly recommend The Once and Future King, Interpreter of Maladies, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

    I’ve never heard of HeartSick before. Must check it out.


  58. Jessica Coleman

    That was a tough pick! I’ve read 6/8 (everything except Middlesex and Interpreter of Maladies) and they’re pretty much all worth reading. If you read the Jordan, though, you might as well commit to reading the whole series, which is about 30 million pages long. I’m still stuck on #6.

    Anyway, I voted for Time Traveler’s Wife, but you could get through HeartSick in an afternoon. It’s a potboiler. The sequel is even better.


  59. linda

    I loved Chelsea Cains Heartsick and the sequel. They are both great and real page turners!!!!


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