Our booksellers are amazing, brilliant, well-read people. They can offer recommendations at the drop of a hat, and help you find the perfect gift book even in a time crunch (and then gift-wrap it for you). But even they, booklovers that they are, have reading blind spots. Of course, no one can read everything--there are thousands of new books released each month!--but everyone's got a book or two it seems they really ought to have read by now.
So in the name of full disclosure, we asked our booksellers to share a couple of those titles that they haven't quite gotten to. Well, not yet, anyway.
Toni— I've never read anything by Philip K. Dick. He sounds brilliant. How did I miss that boat? I used to have a fear/aversion of science ficiton. I am in recovery.
Rachel— Leaves of Grass. Sure, I have a copy, and I have it displayed on my bookshelf, but did I actually read it? I've read sections here and there, but haven't committed to a full read. Guess I'll add it to my fall reading list!
Andrew— American Gods. Prior to working here at Brilliant Books, I had heard of Neil Gaiman and was aware that he wrote The Sandman graphic novel series, and I knew American Gods was becoming a show on Starz, but I didn't know anything about his popularity. Customers and cowokrers have been telling me it's a must read, but somehow it still doesn't strike me as essential reading.
Caitlin— I haven't read The Great Gatsby. I know, know. It's not because I don't want to read it. It's on my to-read list. I just haven't gotten around to it. I've read various retellings and tons of quotes and plenty of other Fitzgerald, but for some reason, I just haven't gotten to Gatsby yet. Eventually I'll whittle down my to-read pile enough to find it again.
Jodie— For me, the book would have to be Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Though I have read most of the classic tomes of horror--Dracula and At the Mountains of Madness being two of my favorites--I have never taken steps into the dark world of Victor Frankenstein.