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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.