Friday, 13 August 2010

30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Age 30 – Did you?


I saw this list floating about the other day and I was so intrigued by it  I thought I would see what readers of my blog thought of it. The list was written by Marc and Angel of Marc and Angel Hack Life (love them). They have come up with a list of 30 books you should read before you are thirty. The reasoning behind their choices: HERE

So I am already pass thirty and I have read a few of these books. What do you think - Would these books make your list of 30 before 30? How many have you read?

1. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

2. 1984 by George Orwell

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

5. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I will probably never read this book}

7. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine

8. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

10. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

 

11. The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton

12. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

13. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

14. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

15. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

16. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

17. Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

18. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

19. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

20. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

21. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

22. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

23. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

24. The Republic by Plato

25. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

26. Getting Things Done by David Allen

27. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

28. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

29. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

30. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov


I have read 13 out of the 30 books so far – which is pretty darn good in my world. How about you and would you add any book to that list…
I read romance and love it – I wonder what would be on a romance list of must read before thirty… Any thoughts  
 


29 Speak To Me:

Chris on 13 August 2010 at 14:31 said...

Um. I've read 11, but I didn't vote because... I couldn't really tell you on most of them whether it was before I was 30 or not. Probably. But... I can't remember for sure.

Blanche on 13 August 2010 at 15:15 said...

I've read 10 on the list and read them all before I was 30!

Great list, I'll need to check the other books out! :)

Tam on 13 August 2010 at 15:57 said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA 1 Yep, one, uno, jeden, ichi. (1984 - forced to in high school)

Guess that tells you I'm culturally ignorant. How come Cat in the Hat's not on there? Or any Johanna Lyndsey titles? Then I'd do well. Even Homer would work for me.

I've always been a popular culture reader, not "literature" as some experts would call it.

A Buckeye Girl Reads on 13 August 2010 at 16:11 said...

I've read only 9 of those books and all of them by the time I was thirty. Now I feel like I have to read the others on the list.

Patricia Altner on 13 August 2010 at 16:24 said...

The list is much too intellectual for someone with my plebian tastes altho I did read War and Peace many years ago.

Erotic Horizon on 13 August 2010 at 17:04 said...

@Chris..

Me too - I know I read at least one after 30, so I can get with that..

I am actually surprise I read so many to be honest...

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Erotic Horizon on 13 August 2010 at 17:05 said...

@Blanche..

whooo hooo - well done you for getting that done before 30...

I still have a huge amount to read as well...

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Erotic Horizon on 13 August 2010 at 17:11 said...

@Tam..

I can't believe you only read one book... really...

Please at least read The Art of War - so good....

Cat in the Hat - Classic, should be number one if truth be told...

I don't think Johanna Lyndsey makes the grade...

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Erotic Horizon on 13 August 2010 at 17:12 said...

@ A Buckeye Girl Reads

Please hon, no rush - some of those I will never read.,...

Romance is keeping me occupied...

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Erotic Horizon on 13 August 2010 at 17:19 said...

@Patrica..

Blodeuedd on 13 August 2010 at 18:53 said...

Well I have 2,5 years left to read 29 books...I think I'll pass

Dr J on 13 August 2010 at 20:24 said...

Actually I have read all but seven of the books. That is probably due to the fact that my upper elementary/college classes required most of them. I also found that some of them were just darn good reading and picked them up in the days when I had to squeeze my reading in with dishes, dusting, house cleaning -- during the baby's nap. So Thanks for posting this list -- oddly enough, it was a very pleasant trip down memory lane.

firepages on 13 August 2010 at 20:51 said...

Yikes! I've only read 2 book - Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird - thanks to my high school english classes. I'm more of a romantic. I like Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, and Jane Austen.

Amy C on 14 August 2010 at 12:33 said...

I read three and a half. Three were school reading and the half was my choice.

Rikki on 14 August 2010 at 14:54 said...

I have read 9 but I can't say I am very impressed with this list. I can see the reasoning why they chose those books, but I don't see a point in reading Darwin, for example. You learned about him in school, that is enough for me. Next thing you know they put "The Double Helix" or Mendel's writings on the list.

Patti (Book Addict) on 15 August 2010 at 04:12 said...

I think I read 9 or 10 but most of those books I turn my nose up at - they would certainly be DNFs for me (bo-ring!) It is kind of a weird list...

Vegetarian Cannibal on 15 August 2010 at 21:12 said...

I'm not much impressed by this list either.

Erotic Horizon on 15 August 2010 at 22:16 said...

@Patricia..

That comment made me giggle..
As a librarian I am surprise you have not read more...

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Erotic Horizon on 15 August 2010 at 22:17 said...

@Blodeuedd..

Well I have 2,5 years left to read 29 books

Snap to it them girl.. times a wasting..

LOL

Erotic Horizon on 15 August 2010 at 22:19 said...

@Dr J..

I read most of mine during me early school years as well..

I can't say I had any fun with most of them.. but I agree there were some that was worth the memory... TKAMB..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 15 August 2010 at 22:21 said...

@Zee.

Welcome to my place...

I am actually surprise none of the romance classic were on it...

very surprise...

:)

Erotic Horizon on 15 August 2010 at 22:22 said...

@Amy..

happy weekend hon..

You have a whole lot of catching up to do...

You better put down that romance book and start....

LOL

:)

Erotic Horizon on 15 August 2010 at 22:26 said...

@ Rikki..

I know what you mean - when I saw The lord of Flies - I was sure Animal Farm would be there some where... as you would read them in the same time frame..

But then books like Great Expectation is not there - which is just a damn good book, even leaving off the The Sonnets -have ruled out a whole set of people..

damn silly list....

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Erotic Horizon on 15 August 2010 at 22:27 said...

@Patti..

they would certainly be DNFs for me (bo-ring!)

Totally agree - I would never want to read War and Peace.. why would I...

:)

Erotic Horizon on 15 August 2010 at 22:28 said...

@VC

Join the gang hon..

Damn silly list..
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:)

Lily on 16 August 2010 at 02:13 said...

I'm late to the party. :)

I've read three of them and they were during high school.

There are some great books missing. What about Dante's Inferno? Ray Bradbury and Shakespeare?

Maybe I can get extra points since one of the three I read was War and Peace. That one should count as more. :)

Erotic Horizon on 16 August 2010 at 09:41 said...

@Lily..

I don't think much people have read War and Peace....go you..

I agree about the list - quite a few books were left off that list...

Definately Shakespeare should be on there...

:)

Vixen Pearl on 17 August 2010 at 17:40 said...

I love that Clockwork Orange is on here. :) I read many (eleven, I think) of those titles, but not all. Some just don't interest me. In some cases, I read alternative titles (my professors were mavericks) by the same authors (like, Wasteland. Why is T.S. Eliot's Wasteland, or John Steinbeck--anything but G.o.W? Why are they not *the ones* to read? I read G.o.W, but prefer some of his others more). Some of these titles/authors I'd never even heard of until after I turned thirty. Makes me wonder who came up with this list. And yes, Shakespeare should be! at least Hamlet. ;)

Erotic Horizon on 20 August 2010 at 22:43 said...

@VP.
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It would vbe sacrilage if Clockwork Orange was not on there...

but, I am thinking this list is short of a good many books to satisfy us ...

at least we had fun..

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