30 Books before 30
I used to be an avid reader. But, then, I went to college, graduated, got a job and prefer to spend my free time watching awesome TV shows like Modern Family and The Bachelor. Go ahead, judge me.
However, I got an iPad for Christmas, and I am very excited to start reading on it. Mainly, because I enjoy “flipping” the digital pages. It’s awesome. So I asked friends for recommendations from friends before we left on our honeymoon. I read Unbroken and The Night Circus on the trip – and they were fabulous.
While searching for new books to read, I came across this list of 30 books everyone should read before their 30th birthday. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read many of these.
- Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
- 1984 by George Orwell
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- The Rights of Man by Tom Paine
- The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
- The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot – ugh, poetry?
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- The Republic by Plato
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- BONUS: How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
- BONUS: Honeymoon with My Brother by Franz Wisner
I guess I know what I’ll be borrowing from the library for a while… How about you? How many of these have you read?