Day 4 Blog June – #iconfessineverread

I was planning on writing this post sometime during the month but after reading Fiona’s Blog June Day 2 post this afternoon in which she mentions the hashtag #iconfessineverread that the Edinburgh Libraries used in a recent Twitter campaign, it seemed fitting to write the post today.

This week I started reading Matilda by Roald Dahl for the first time ever. I haven’t even seen all of the movie either (although this will change soon as I bought the DVD this afternoon). This got me thinking as to why I hadn’t read it. I think it was because by the time it was published in 1988 I was already in Grade 7 (last year of primary school in Qld at the time) and I was starting to read books by other authors. I have vague recollections of reading other Roald Dahl books but not all of the them. I don’t think I was really into my Judy Blume or Paula Danziger phase by then but I don’t know. Maybe I didn’t read much then at all. Although I do still remember making regular visits to my public library at the time.

Anyway, this got me thinking about what other books I have not read, particulary ‘classic’ titles, which is where the hashtag comes in.

Okay then. Confession time.


  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • War and Peace
  • Catch-22
  • Lord of the Rings
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Wuthering Heights
  • 1984
  • Little Women
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Huckleberry Finn
  • Lolita
  • Anna Karenina
  • Ulysses
  • Frankenstein

I should stop now before I embarrass myself.

What would you #iconfessineverread?

12 thoughts on “Day 4 Blog June – #iconfessineverread

  1. Teresa

    War and peace, and I only got 1/3 of the way through the Lord of the rings. Also, please don’t be shocked #iconfessineverread Judy Blume

  2. Petra

    Out of your list, I’ve never read:
    The Catcher in the Rye
    Catch-22 (confess I don’t even know about it!)
    Wuthering Heights
    Little Women
    Aliceā€™s Adventures in Wonderland
    Huckleberry Finn
    But then again, I’m a not native English speaker so maybe I would have to look at a list of German “classics” to be able to really compare šŸ™‚

  3. Ruth

    Ooh so many books I could put in that list. Or I could just confess I have barely been reading anything for 3 years. Loving the time and brain focus to get back into it this year though.

    1. Rachel Post author

      I don’t tend to read much fiction Ruth and really haven’t read much at all lately myself either.

  4. Sharon Uthmann

    I think my #iconfessineverread list would be huge. The amount of times a person comes into the library looking for a book and then asking have I read it – well if I got $1 for each time, there would be no need for me to be working now! I’m not one to read a book because it’s a classic or because it’s popular. I will read what is of interest to me and of late, that means a lot of fitness/running magazines and non-fiction/biographical titles. I don’t think that makes me a bad librarian, as I still know about the classics and popular books and how to do Readers Advisory without having read every book.

    1. Rachel Post author

      That is only a small selection of my #iconfessineverread list. Mine is huge as well.

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