Continuing on with the theme of books, or better yet books that I haven’t read (yesterday I confessed to just finishing the Harry Potter series), I have recently finished reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.
I read the book not because I was overly interested in the subject matter but because it’s on the recommended reading lists of so many people and it’s considered a masterpiece by many, that I knew I had to eventually read it. I finally did and can see why most people call it a classic and why it is so highly recommended. If you don’t know about Slaughterhouse-Five it’s about a time travelling individual who was a prisoner during WWII and during his time travelling relives his years of life, including his time as a POW. It’s been just over a week since finishing Slaughterhouse-Five but I still catch myself thinking about the themes within the book and what I think the story means. It’s outside of the scope of discussion for this particular blog post but needless to say, when a work of fiction sticks with a person to that degree, it’s worth checking out.
As an avid reader though, I do find that I stick to the tropes and genres that I like the best. I hardly ever venture out into unknown territories to explore other works by authors I am unfamiliar with. This year alone I have read probably close to a dozen Star Wars books. My horizons need to be broadened. I did take a chance on a historical mystery and read a couple in the Sebastian St. Cyr series and found them enjoyable but for the most part I stick to what I know.
This is kind of regrettable as I know I have missed out on some spectacular works of fiction and it’s kind of embarrassing to admit I haven’t gotten around to reading some of the books considered must reads and classic. In the gallery below, I’ll share 7 books that I haven’t yet read but plan to in 2017.
I think everyone has heard about 1984, the dystopian future imagined within the book that includes perpetual wars, constant civilian surveillance, and where the term Big Brother to signal the government watching originally was coined. This book was originally published in 1949 and told about a future that where many of the things spoken about are now coming true. It's highly regarded as one of the best novels of the last 100 years and yet, I have sadly not read yet.
The Lord Of The Rings (1-3)
This one is really embarrassing. I have read the Hobbit and loved it, I have seen all The Lord Of The Rings movies and loved them but for some strange reason I have not read the books. The story is a good one with Frodo, Gandalf and The Fellowship tasked with disposing of an evil ring before it falls into the hands of Sauron. I think the movies elevated the status of these books into a story that everyone knows about and now I just need to read them.
The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
A lot of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy such as the meaning of life being the number 42 and towels being one of the most useful things to have is firmly entrenched into pop culture.
With the Earth being demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, a man along with the aid of some aliens and a copy of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy go forth on an adventures.
With a combination of sci-fi and comedy, I really don't understand why I have yet to read this book.
Another novel that like Nineteen Eighty-Four is set in a dystopian future that could actually come true to some degree. This time though big brother is remove books with the aid of Firemen who don't put out fires but instead start them in order to remove illegal printed materials. One firemen begins to question this policy and uncovers the truth.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Of all the books on this list, this is the one I know the least about but it appears on just about every single must read lists that I had to include it. Set in 1920's America where the super wealthy and elite including Jay Gatsby party to excess and over indulgence.
Brave New World
First published in 1932 and considered by many to be one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century, A Brave New World explores technology, conformity, and a world where pharmaceuticals are used as methods of control. It's a dystopian future where many of the predictions were bold at the time but may be closer to reality today then we think.
A Clockwork Orange
The movie A Clockwork Orange is a brilliant piece of filmmaking that has stuck with me, years after last watching it. The book, I expect to do much of the same.
Set in a violent near future, where gangs of young criminals wander the streets committing unspeakable horrors. One of them, Alex, is eventually caught and put under forced treatment to cure his violent tendencies.
What books are on your I need to read list? Share them in the comments below.