I sense a theme! From an interview with Teju Cole in this week's NYT Book Review:
Q: What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?
A: I have not read most of the big 19th-century novels that people consider “essential,” nor most of the 20th-century ones for that matter. But this does not embarrass me. There are many films to see, many friends to visit, many walks to take, many playlists to assemble and many favorite books to reread. Life’s too short for anxious score-keeping. Also, my grandmother is illiterate, and she’s one of the best people I know. Reading is a deep personal consolation for me, but other things console, too.
You should definitely read his book Open City, though; it's exquisite and a little hypnotic.