We all have books that we are ashamed to admit we have not read. Folks…I am no exception. I have many books that I really want to read but, for whatever reason, I just have not yet. I can even think back to conversations and interactions with people in which I have spoken about books I have not read as if I have read them. Prime example is this one:
Yes. I spent several years as a youth services librarian. I am fully aware that this book is incredible and powerful. This is the kind of book that changes people. Kiddos love this book and are excited to talk about it. Did I talk about Auggie with them like I have read and loved this book too? ABSOLUTELY. First, I would never turn down the opportunity to talk books with a kiddo. I will always engage them in conversation when they want to talk to me about books. Second, am I ashamed that I have not read this book yet? ABSOLUTELY. Guess I better get on that!
I like to think of myself as an old soul. I love old, vintage books. I have a history degree. I would love to spend a week back in time as an American twenty something in the 1940s. Some of my favorite books as a kid were the classics:
So what classic am I ashamed to say that I have not read despite making others believe that I have?
I know the story. I know the characters. I have seen a few movie adaptations of this classic. I love the episode of Friends where Rachel gets Joey to read Little Women. I have even read historical fiction based around Louisa May Allcott. Can I be bothered to read it? Nope. Will I ever read it? Probably not. Will I continue to lead others to believe that I have read it? Yes.
So the next bookish embarrassment will raise some eyebrows for some readers; especially devout YA readers. It is confession time.
I have not read any books by Rainbow Rowell.
Have I spent time as a young adult librarian? Yes. Did I encourage teens to read Rowell. YES! There is no doubt in my mind that I will love her books. I know how incredibly powerful and legendary her young adult books are. So many people rave about her work with me. I am always reluctant to admit to others that I have yet to open Eleanor & Park. I dare not “fan girl” over Fangirl with enthusiastic Rowell fans. The day will come when I go to my local library and check out my very first Rainbow Rowell book. I would love suggestions from you on which book that should be. Please share your suggestion in the comments!
There are plenty more books that I am reluctant to admit I have not read. Who knows. Maybe I will unload my bookish burdens in future posts. Feel free to unload YOUR bookish burdens in my comments!