In my 30 Before 30 list I made last year, I mentioned I wanted to read 100 more books in seven years. I’ve already read probably more than 50, so I’m in good shape to make that goal (full update coming after my birthday later this month), but I wanted to make it more interesting by incorporating more classics into my reading.
I didn’t just mindlessly add the most well-known classics, I looked at synopses and reviews to find the ones I’d actually read and enjoy! Here are 30 classic books I want to read before I’m 30 in t-minus six years:
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien: Okay, call it cheating to make LoTR 13% of this list, but I’m really excited to read them all. Not to mention my dad already owns them all.
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs: Although there are several of these books, I’d like to start with just one.
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller: I (my grandma) already owns this one.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: I remember reading this in my senior year of high school and liking it, I’m sure I’ll appreciate it even more now. I (my grandma) already owns this one.
- All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: I bought this just a few weeks ago, I’m especially keen for this one, too.
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- 1984 by George Orwell: I tried to read this earlier this year and couldn’t get into it for the second time. Now it’s just principle I have to finish it, damn it.
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Like 1984, I DNF’ed this one a few years ago too. Let’s see how it has aged…
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas: I adore the movie and even though the book is really long, I’m excited to give it a go.
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton: I read both this and Brave New World in middle school and didn’t have any strong opinions about it but am eager to try again.
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London: Puppy!
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Which of these classics are your favorites?
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