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Seven Sins Saturday – 7 Books I Haven’t Read

We all have them. Books on your TBR you glance over and never pick up, books recommended to you by friends that you said you’ll get to, books lauded by peers but it’s never on the top of your lists.

I get it. I do.

So this Saturday I want to talk about the top 7 books a majority of the book community recommends people to read but I… just… haven’t yet.

If you want to make your own Seven Sins Saturday, tag it Seven Sins Saturday or link back here and I’ll take a look!


1. The Book Thief

One day I will buy this book and read it, because it’s sooooo many people’s favourites and I know it’s a film too? But I’d want to read the book first. The setting is something I always enjoy reading because it feels raw and it’s very strongly in my mind (my grandma used to tell me stories about WW2 and it’s still widely discussed) . So I will get my heart ripped out eventually.

2. The Night Circus

Eh. I mean… I don’t know. Pretty cover, but so many people love it and then one of my best friends read it and said it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Jury is out as to whether I will ever pick this one up.

3. Pride and Prejudice

Now to be fair, I did start reading this years ago but this was after I read and adored Sense and Sensibility. I did not read and adore P&P in the same way. Elizabeth was spoiled, bratty, and I got barely 5 chapters in and gave up. I should give it another go but I want to read Persuasion first.

4. Throne of Glass

I love ACOMF by Sarah J Maas. But I have heard Things about her writing which I also see in her writing, and this series never called to me. After hearing about what happens, too, I’m not… yeah I’m not digging the concept.

5. The Fault In Our Stars (orrr any John Green oops)

I have this! I bought it from a charity shop where it remains on my TBR stack. When I’m ready to read about dying kids I’ll let you know. For now, it looks at me from the shelf saying “I’m a short one! read me!”

6. Game of Thrones

I read 4 pages. That’s all I needed. I can’t connect to the characters on the show and I needed a fricking flowchart to follow all the names thrown at me.

7. The Winner’s Curse

I admit, the whole “girl on the front in a pretty dress” puts me off. Coupled with a love story in focus in most synopsis I just… I am un-enthused. I really am. I will probably end up reading it one day but I can’t see myself reading it in the near future.


Honourable mentions: SIMON VS THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA (I will read it!!! I love the author, it’s just a matter of picking it up) + THE FIFTH SEASON — I am reading it!… in stages. It’s a very deep read.

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Seven Sins Saturday – 7 Authors I’ve Never Read – But Maybe Should

Any of the Bronte sisters

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I’ve heard Wuthering Heights is a big complicated mess of ugly personality characters, and I don’t even know the plot of Jane Eyre – but they’re classic British female writers from t’north of England so I feel I owe it to them, as a British female writer from t’north, to go back and actually read some of their novels.

John Green

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Ok so recently I bought The Fault In Our Stars at a charity shop, and maybe like a week later everyone was screaming because of the recent news he’s got a new book coming out. I’ve heard bits and pieces about John Green which may or may not be entirely favourable, from personal conduct to quality of stories, but he’s such a big presence in YA I have to at least read something from him.

Roxane Gay

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I read a teeny excerpt in one of those “books coming out in June” or whatever things and I enjoyed it, but I haven’t ever read a book from her. I know she’s an incredibly influential writer, and her stark observations on modern day women and the situations surrounding them are second to none. I’m actually excited to read from her.

Margaret Atwood

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YAS MY FELLOW SCORPIO LADY! The Handmaid’s Tale is EVERYWHERE right now and I keep hearing how Margaret is exceptional with her storytelling. I feel so guilty I haven’t read anything from her. I will amend, I will amend.

Ursula Le Guin

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ANOTHER FELLOW SCORPIO. Maybe I should do a list of Scorpios. SFF Queen. Duchess. Whatever. I need to read her books, because she genuinely seemed ahead of her time and absolutely breakthrough in terms of storytelling and subject matter. I’ll actually look for a book RIGHT NOW.

Robin Hobb

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……that’s a lot of books. Queen of Fantasy, yeah? Forshame that I haven’t read any of her books! I think it’s a distilled need in me to avoid her novels, simply because when I was a kid I skimmed the blurb of her books in the library and didn’t really ‘get it’. I’ve still had no real interest to delve in to a fantasy world – adult fantasy worlds always seem so bloody complicated to get into – but I will definitely have to try and sample some of her work soon.

Terry Pratchett

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Holy heck. Now I may have told a teeny lie here – I have actually read some of him, mostly in Good Omens which he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman. The only thing is, I found Pratchett’s chapters almost unbearable to get through not because the writing or plot was bad, but because the rhythm was so staccato. It didn’t flow, it jarred me out of the story, and I couldn’t relate to the characters. It was the same when I read the first few pages of a Discworld novel I can’t remember, and the footnotes at the time weren’t cute or funny, it was more like an essay. I will try him again one time, but my previous experience has kinda put me off.

What about you guys? Any recs from these authors, or any ‘classics’ you need to read?