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 of books to read this year. Please join me, and let me know what you think of the list.
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…