Books Before 30 – an expansion

I’m writing this while listening to John Green’s Crash Course in Literature series. I may not be a fan of his writing, but his love of literature is addictive.

But enough about John Green – I’m procrastinating already – here are my additions to my Books Before 30 list. I’ve pulled from various sources which include: Classics I feel I should read, Pulitzer Prize winners, and winners of the  Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (previously know as the Orange Prize).

Ta da!:
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne
When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
March by Geraldine Brooks
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
Oroonoko by Aphra Ben
On Writing by Stephen King
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

What do you think of my choices? Got any to add?

9 thoughts on “Books Before 30 – an expansion

  1. Excellent additions to your list, Alice. ‘The Trial’ and The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ are brilliant books. Funnily enough, I bought ‘Gilead’ yesterday, as I’ve never read Marilynne Robinson, but I keep hearing great things. ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ is another novel in my pile, and it’s a timely one to read this year.


    1. I look forward to reading what you think of Gilead, it’s one I’ve been thinking about reading for ages, but not bought.

      Glad to hear there are some on here you’ve read and enjoyed, I’m worried I’ve put a few on there I won’t be able to connect with.


  2. I’ve read Cold Comfort Farm, Wide Sargasso Sea, Cider with Rosie, On Writing and All Quiet on the Western Front. I enjoyed them all and highly recommend them. Good luck with your list.


  3. Aw, bro, you can live without Oroonoko. I promise you can live without that. I wish I could have lived without it myself, but I had to read it for a class in college. Seriously: You’re okay without it. It is not that good.


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