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30 Books To Read Before You Die

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A survey of British librarians has turned up this list. I’m not doing so well, really. But I’ll go through the list and point out what I have read, what I already have waiting on my shelf to be read, and what I really wasn’t ever planning on trying to read. From Top 30

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (10th grade. Good book.)
  • The Bible (by God!) (I’m waiting for a college prof. to recommend it. Otherwise I’ll try later.)
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien (Have tried. …and failed. Not really impressed. May the legions of Tolkien-lovers strike me down.)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (Fantastic. J’adore. 11th grade.)
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (I need to build my collection of Dickens in general…)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (My friend Stan is IN LOVE with this book. I bought her a copy years ago, but have yet to read it myself.)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (There’s a copy from Strand sitting 4 feet away right now.)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by E M Remarque
  • His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman (EVERYONE tells me to read these!! Maybe I finally will…)
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (…the movie ruined it for me. No. Sorry.)
  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding (This is important to read. Once. Never again. 7th grade.)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (Another one that everyone loves. Yet to read.)
  • Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne (I should reread these. I don’t remember them very well.)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Edit 7/20: Did buy it. $0.25 at the library is the best.)
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham (I think I had an abridged version when I was way too young to appreciate it.)
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (YESYESYES!)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (I think I dug it out and it should be on my to-read shelf now…)
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (I do very much want to read this one…)
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Eh, my friend who has read EVERYTHINGINTHEWORLD wasn’t keen on it.)
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (I have that! $.25 at the library! On the to-read shelf.)
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn

The rest aren’t really on my radar. A shame, I know. Should I actively seek them out? Right now I’ve got: 5 read. 8 actively planning to read. As listed on


Written by Shen

July 12, 2006 at 12:51 pm

Posted in lists, real life

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  1. the lovely bones.. i love that book :)..


    July 25, 2006 at 1:02 am

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