Monday, October 15, 2007

A confession

I have never read Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass.

There. I admitted it.

I've always meant to read His Dark Materials (the trilogy of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass)... I just haven't read it yet. I'll read it, I promise.

Several people have said the same thing after I've admitted this... that I'm so lucky because I have this wonderful series of books to read and discover for the first time. I love that viewpoint- it's the same way I feel about people who haven't read Harry Potter.

Is there anything that you really, truly mean to read... but haven't? (It's okay to answer Harry Potter. Who am I to judge?) Please tell me I'm not the only one.


  1. I've never read the Bartimaeus Trilogy, despite the many raves that I've heard about it.

    And I do think you'll like His Dark Materials.

  2. Chronicles of Narnia--considering how much I loved British fantasy-type novels when I was younger (and still do), I can't believe I've never read them! ...His Dark Materials is on my list too...

  3. Jen- I haven't read the Bartimaeus Trilogy either. You're not alone.
    After this semester of grad school finishes, I'll have to buckle down and read His Dark Materials.

    Erin- so, I'm not the only who hasn't read all the classics! I have read Narnia, but it was a loooong time ago.

  4. I really oughta read Bone one of these days. It's one of the most-requested graphic novel series at our library, but I've never cracked one. Maybe this will inspire me to!

  5. Lisa- I ought to read Bone one of these days, too... because everyone seems to love it. It's another series on my enormous "To Read" pile.

  6. Yeah... that "to read" pile gets bigger every day, doesn't it? :-)
    - lisa

  7. I think Harry Potter may have spoiled me for other kid lit. I didn't care for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I came to it as an adult, because it has such a mid-century "let's tell a child a story" talking down feel to it. And I'm afraid I started but didn't finish The Golden Compass.

    I recommended this to Susan the other day, and I'll post it here: China Mieville's Un Lun Dun. It felt like a very modern take on the "girl travels to a magical land and helps rescue it" tale. It was continually imaginative on page after page.

  8. Branden- in the interest of full confession, I'll admit that I read the first page of The Golden Compass and didn't get into it. But then everyone I talked to told me how amazing it was, so I've decided to give it another chance.
    Thanks for posting Un Lun Dun here. it sounded terrific from your description of it.

  9. Joshua read the GC and said it was fine. He didn't rave, but he doesn't read entire series he doesn't like (okay, unless there is something interesting about them that mitigates the fact that they aren't that good - Anselm Adams books for example....)