Although I'm constantly reading, there are so many great books that I've missed. While I read ROMEO AND JULIET and OTHELLO two or three times each, I never hit A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. (I saw the play, but that totally doesn't count.) I read 1984 in high school in 1984, but I never read ANIMAL FARM.
Moonrat keeps us posted on something several people are participating in called Project Fill-in-the-Gaps. I love that; it's comforting to know even editors have missed classics. Participants create individual lists of 100 books they haven't read yet, and they set goals, a time line, and everything! It's a great idea, and I applaud those who are doing it.
Are any of you Project Fill-in-the-Gaps participants? I'm not (at least not yet) because I'm a wimp. I'm on the OCD side, and the thought of an official to-be-read list that's 100 books long is still a bit daunting to me--especially since I'm trying to keep up with new titles too. But aren't we all?! I'm still considering signing up; it sounds super fun! I'll let you know if I jump in on it.
In the meantime, I'm working on my own unofficial list, checking off some of the great books or plays that got away. Number one on my list, which I'll start reading tonight, is THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton.
I read and write YA, yet I never read THE OUTSIDERS, the book that many people consider to be the first YA book ever. Wow. Now that I've confessed this, I'm hoping all of you will still respect me in the morning. Of course, I'll have started it by morning, so please be lenient with your opinions of me. Tee-hee!
I'm sure all of us have books that got away. What are some of yours? Come on...you can tell me. ;)