Geez Louise! I was having enough trouble keeping up with 25 books to read before you're 25 (which I had to make 26 before you're 26 b/c I was THAT behind), but now somebody pointed me to 30 books everyone should read before their 30th birthday!

I suppose if I ditch the other list and go with this one, then I'll have much more time. I want to be extra ambitious and read the books on both lists, but somehow I don't see that happening.

What should I do?!
Check out both lists and let me know which you think is better.


At Wed Aug 27, 10:39:00 PM Danny said...

That is quite a list. Im 27 and I don't think I've ready ANY of those books.

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At Wed Aug 27, 10:59:00 PM Prima Donna Momma said...

Funny you post this. I was at Barnes & Noble today debating Lolita being the last book I read for the summer. Have you read it?

At Thu Aug 28, 11:55:00 AM frau sally benz said...

Danny, you should start reading some of them! I try to turn other people into bookworms =)

I haven't read Lolita, but I keep hearing about it, so I want to. I need to figure out what I'll be reading so I can get started.

At Fri Aug 29, 10:38:00 AM Jana B said...

Whoa. The first list is a good list, some nice books on there that I've enjoyed reading. The 30 before 30 list has all the books on it that I hear people refer to but have never read myself. (Well, the bulk of them.) The top 30 list sounds really overwhelming... so many long, deep books... I think I'd complete the top 26 list, and then try for the 30 later.

At Fri Aug 29, 04:24:00 PM Maggie said...

The 30 list is more well-rounded. A lot of the books on there I can say I'm really glad that I read them. But I also read a lot of them in college and had the chance to take them apart and really dive in. (I think it has more flaws though. Malcolm Gladwell does not belong on this kind of list.) Stuff like The Prince and 4 Quartets are really required reading.

The 25 list, well, it's pretty much a straight forward great books list with a few interesting choices. Not too different than what most people would compile. Although it gets props for unique entries like Capote (I'd never even heard of this title) and plenty of women like Porter, O'Connor, Welty, Wharton and Cather who don't get enough credit. It's more novel-oriented, which is easier to handle, but some choices could be easily replaced with others by the same author. (For example, I'd do Persuasion instead of P&P and The End of the Affair instead of The Heart of the Matter.)


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