With my 27th birthday looming, I’ve been making a list of things to do before I hit the dreaded 30, after which, apparently I’ll be too wrinkly and old to do much. “Make Forbes’ 30 under 30” seemed a bit optimistic, but besides run the London Marathon, read more books and try blogging made the list. So welcome to my “read more books blog”, or as I’ve called it, my 21st Century Book Group. Here’s my list for 2013. Please join me and share your thoughts (on the books or Syria or whatever)!

In a randomly assigned order…

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

The Lord of the Rings, J R R Tolkien

His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe (incidentally 294 years old on my 27th Birthday)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand up, Jacob M. Appel

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

The Sea Change, Joanna Rossiter (we should all read the work of our peers)

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

Solace, Belinda McKeon

The Last Hundred Days, Patrick McGuiness

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell  

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

What to Look for in Winter, Candida McWilliam

Here’s to hoping that I have something terribly profound to say about The Metamorphosis when I post again…