In the world of books, we all are obsessed with lists, aren’t we? There are an umpteen number of lists which can help you decide what books you want to read. Here is a list of lists (how about that?):
You get the point right? There are lists everywhere. One list which caught my eye was this one: 30 books you should read before you turn 30.
1. Siddhartha by Hermann
2. 1984 by George Orwell
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper
4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
5. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
7. The Rights of Man by Tom Paine
8. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
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.
26. Getting Things Done
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
31. BONUS: How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
32. BONUS: Honeymoon with My Brother by Franz Wisner.
Bold titles are books I have already read. Striked out ones are the ones I am not going to read.
I still have a couple of years before I turn 30, but I have decided to give this list a shot. Not because I take this list seriously, but because this list is different from others. For one, I don’t see Harry Potter and Dan Brown’s books (what a relief that is!). Secondly, there are some books on this list which I always wanted to read but never got around to read it. Apart from the challenge that I have every year, to read 50 books in a year, I am going to take up this challenge too – to read all 30 books on this list.
Before I even start, I have to declare that I will not be reading some books on that list. I tried reading One Hundred Years of Solitude and failed. Same goes with Catch-22. I am not going to waste time on those books again. The Lord of the Rings is not my cup of tea, so that too goes off the list. Lolita – I know what it is about and I don’t look forward to reading it, so I might not read that either. That leaves me with 26 books, out of which 4 I have already read, so I have to read 22 more if I don’t count the bonus books. Among all the books, War and Peace is the most challenging. What say you?
Does anybody want to take up this challenge with me?