20 Famous Books I Haven’t Read

There are only so many books you can read in a lifetime! I’m a huge bookworm so I’ve understandably read quite a lot. However, for some reason, a lot of the best-selling, much loved favourites just haven’t made it yet! Considering how many best-selling novels there are in the world, I don’t think I’m doing too bad but there’s definitely some whoppers that I’m missing out on.

There’s always so much pressure reading well-loved books too! If I don’t like it, am I weird, uncultured, uneducated, naive? Obviously, people have different opinions but when it’s something as famous as Pride and Prejudice, I do start to worry if it’ll live up to it’s expectations.

20 Famous Books I Haven't Read

All of these books are waiting for me on my “to be read” list so I’ll definitely get around to them eventually. Because I haven’t read much throughout 2016, I’m finally just starting to catch-up on all of the novels I’d planned to read last year.


20 Famous Books I Haven’t Read:

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

A Song of Ice and Fire (series) by George R. R. Martin

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Mort by Terry Pratchett

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Emma by Jane Austen

How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


I can’t wait to read them all! That is a really fantastic list of books, I think. I should probably start reading through them :).

How many of these famous novels have you read? Do you have a favourite?

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49 thoughts on “20 Famous Books I Haven’t Read

  1. I’ve read most of these…some don’t live up to the hype at all, I feel…others I did like but wouldn’t pressure myself to read again. It all comes down to personal taste. Mort is one of my absolute favorites of the Discworld series. And Hitchhiker’s makes my top 10 list every time. To Kill a Mockingbird is definitely worth a read. The Diary of Anne Frank is an interesting choice – it’s a valuable historical document, and she was a very remarkable young woman. I can’t read it anymore, simply because it’s way too emotional for me. But she made such a precious contribution to our understanding of that time period.

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    • I haven’t read anything by Terry Pratchett so I’m looking forward to starting some of his. Hitchhiker’s is just a must really isn’t it!?
      I feel as if Anne Frank’s diary is something everyone should attempt to read at some point. I’m sure it’s devastating but it’s such an important part of history!


      • The way to read Discworld – at least this is how I did it – is to start with a subseries – for example, Death (in this case, that’s “Mort”)… Or the witches (believe that’s “Wyrd Sisters”)… Or the City Watch (“Guards! Guards!”), and go in the order for the groups of characters. Some of the groups overlap in the later novels, so it’s good to build your foundation of knowledge first. πŸ™‚

        Yes, Hitchhiker’s is a must. πŸ™‚ Even go to other blogs, they’ll tell you the same. πŸ™‚

        I think Holocaust witness accounts should be mandatory reading in all secondary schools. Across the world. Anne Frank was such a beautiful young woman; her humanity in her writing is what really brings it home for so many people, what we’re sacrificing when we confine a whole group of people to the wayside.

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  2. I’ve read a few on your list, and have had an awful lot of them on my “to read one day” list for ages. I feel the same way as you – there are SO MANY books I think I *should* have read…

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  3. I’ve read ten (to be fair, I am an English teacher, so I think that gives me a slightly unfair advantage … although, that being said, I’ve only ever taught ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ on this list).
    I’ve read:
    – Pride and Prejudice (my favourite)
    – Emma
    – To Kill A Mocking Bird
    – The Da Vinci Code
    – Atonement
    – LoTRs (I also read The Hobbit)
    – Gone Girl
    – Diary of Anne Frank (both versions – hers, plus hers with added adaptations, including her father’s)
    – The Bell Jar
    – Looking For Alaska (unlike everyone else, this was my favourite of his – not ‘The Fault in Our Stars’).

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    • Second person to say that Pride and Prejudice is their favourite!! That’s getting me quite excited to read it.
      I did love The Fault in out Stars, but oh my it broke my heart. I sobbed like a newborn baby. I haven’t read a nice, easy YA book in a while – Looking for Alaska is super high on my TBR list :).

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      • Oh …. Looking for Alaska isn’t a nice, easy YA novel, if that’s what you’re looking for! I can recommend a couple if you want something more ‘easy’. I love Pride and Prejudice.

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  4. Of that 20, I’ve read 7. If you want a review of Hitchhiker’s Guide, I posted it last month on my blog.
    LOTR was pretty slow, as are Jane Austen’s books, but if you want to get into JA, look up Pemberley Digital on YouTube as it’s a company that did modern adaptations of P&P and Emma in a fun, captivating vlog style.
    Fangirl is the only book that I really recommend. πŸ˜›

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  5. I have only read one and that is Anne Frank, some others I have seen the films, then it is not so great to read the book, Sometimes a let down sometimes a letdown of the film. Well start reading… πŸ™‚

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  6. I’ve read 6 of those books and Fangirl and The Martian are probably my favourite. I never in a million years thought that I would like the Martian, because I imagined that it would be quite boring to have a dude stuck alone on a planet, OH HOW WRONG I WAS! It’s is gloriously funny and I cannot imagine not having read it now.

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  7. The only two of those I’ve read are The Lord of the Rings and The Da Vinci Code o_O I need to read more. Two famous books/stories I really want to read when I get the chance are Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey.

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