The Shouldas

We all have those books we think we should have read by now… the classics, the ones everyone’s been talking about, the ones that have just fallen through the cracks. As a future librarian, this burden feels particularly heavy. It can lead to some embarrassing conversations.

(Someone else: I just read Little Women again and I never make it through Beth’s death without sobbing, you know?

Me: Yeaaaah, uhhhh…)

Lately, I’ve seen other bloggers who made this list of theirs public, embracing the shame, taking back the night. But then, once they’ve read the book, they get to cross it off! And it seemed like a good idea. So here’s my list. Feel free to gasp and groan where appropriate.


1984, by George Orwell


The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho  6/23/15

Anna Karenina – by Leo Tolstoy

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X


The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison


Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (I read this in 7th grade, but was not ready for it and thus hated it. Need to give it another try.)

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman  3/26/2012


Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson

Devil’s Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea


East of Eden, by John Steinbeck


A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry


The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman 10/28/2012


The Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote 8/5/2012

Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer


Life of Pi, by Yann Martel 5/29/12

Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan 3/27/12

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie


Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leraux

Plainsong, by Kent Haruf


Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

A Room with a View, by E.M. Forster


Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut


Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte


Zeitoun, by Dave Eggars


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