I am taking a break from my normal posting pattern of postings this week to perfect my blog on The Color Purple; instead I offer you something a little different. Inspired by Simon of Savidge Reads 40 before 40, I am planning on compiling a list of books to read before I am 30. Novels that I not only have a great interest in reading but also classics, trash lit (the rest of Twilight for example; I cannot moan about something I have not read) and books my friends adore; even if these fall outside of what I find interesting and genres I tend to get drawn back to. Like a rebellious child I often stray from classics because I do not believe that the High Canon of literature is correct – this list will help me overcome this preconception.
I will be 30 in 4 years, two months and 10 hours, a large period of time, so I want to make this list expansive but not overwhelming. I would also like to have a reason for reading each one, to assist in motivation. At any point I can add but at no point can I remove a book – everything needs to be tried even if it is not finished. If I dislike or cannot finish anything that is fine; this will be a learning process of reading, and an expansion of taste.
I would really like some recommendations, of books you love and books and authors you have always been told you should read.
So far I have the following:
The Warden by Anthony Trollope
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dune by Frank Herbert
Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulk
Twilight novels 3 and 4 by Stehpenie Meyer
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
I have included my reasons on my newly created ‘Books Before 30‘ page, to keep track of my progress.