June 15, 2012

30 Books to Read By 30

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Flavorpill posted this list and I was intrigued. Being a book nerd, I'm always interested in great reads. As I mentioned, I'm turning 27 soon so perhaps I need to get started! Some of these I never heard of and some are classics. According to them these are the 30 books everyone should before turning 30:

1. The Illiad and The Odyssey - Homer. Two of the oldest existing works of literature. Although they were required reading, I still read them several times over on my own.

2. The Secret History - Donna Tartt.

3. Jesus’ Son - Denis Johnson. Well that's quite a title...

4. The Complete Stories - Flannery O’Connor. Read her writing in college and loved it. Google her image after reading and you'll be surprised such a sweet looking lady wrote such things.

5. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare. Who hasn't read Shakespeare by the time they're 30?

6. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway. Agree that I should read at least one Hemingway novel in my lifetime.

7. The Road - Cormac McCarthy.

8. Maus - Art Spiegelman.

9. Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card.

10. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen. I never took interested in this book because of the chick flick films.

11. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides.

12. Ghost World - Daniel Clowes. I saw the movie, does that count?

13. On the Road - Jack Kerouac.

14. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston. Had to read this for English class.

15. Cat’s Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut. Love Vonnegut!

16. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov. Definitely on my reading list!

17. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien. Um, no thanks.

18. 1984 - George Orwell. Definitely would be interesting to compare to 2012.

19. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger. One of my favorite books of all time.

20. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald. Another one of my favorites!

21. Beloved - Toni Morrison. I haven't read this book, but I did read Song of Solomon which was beautiful.

22. Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace. Over a 1,000 pages? Oh boy...

23. Lord of the Flies - William Golding. Another required reading from English class.

24. Don Quixote - Miguel De Cervantes. Another required reading like Lolita that I have yet to get to!

25. The Trial - Franz Kafka. Anything Kafka!

26. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf. Should read a Woolf novel.

27. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury.

28. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison.

29. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee. A classic.

30. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson. 

I'm surprised Anna Karenina didn't make the list. Felt very accomplished reading that book! I've read 10 out of 30.

How many have you read?


  1. This is a great list! I have read a few of these books but some I haven't even heard of.

  2. Thanks for sharing, I'll have to check some of these out! xx

  3. Ha, I am over thirty and have read two. Both were required reading. BUT I am making an effort to read more classics. I just bought Anna Karenina....its a long one but I am looking forward to it!

    1. haha get on it! Anna Karenina is one of the greats... it really explores each character

  4. I've only read 10. I thought it's be more! Oh well. Must get reading. I have Treasure Island on my book shelf, so that'll be next.

    1. I know, me too! Let me know what you think of Treasure Island :)

  5. 9/30 and five years to go isn't bad!

    Totally agree Pride and Prejudice is yawnsworthy, really not into chick lit even if it is 150 or so years old! Couldn't stand Kafka either though, so maybe my taste isn't all that!

    1. Nice work!

      haha Kafka isn't for everybody but glad you agree about chick lit ;)

  6. Given my age I probably shouldn't be commenting on these post, but you have all the classics here. I think you really need to add The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath though, a slightly depressing but important read.


    1. haha oh stop! Thanks for the recommendation :)

  7. such a great list-The Secret History is one of my all time favourites

  8. I've only read 9 of the above! Now I have some more titles to add to my summer reading list!

  9. I read 7 on this list so far. I would like to reread 1984 and compare it to what's going on today ( I read it back in high school). I recently read the original Dracula and I really liked it. I needed to get back to the classic vampires as opposed to all these new versions floating around!

    1. Yeah, I'm sure it would be fascinating! I like Frankenstein :)

  10. No Dickens? At least one Charles Dickens book is an absolute requirement before age 30.



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