Lately I’ve been seeing list after list of books everyone is supposed to
read. While part of me wonders who in the hell comes up with these lists and more importantly how can I get in on this action, the other part of me knows I’ve been slacking off with my reading lately. These lists are as good a place to start as any.
My intentions when it comes to reading are good, but my follow through stinks. It usually goes like this: I should really read this classic, it’s a Gothic one I’m sure to like, HEY IS THAT CAKE?!
Therefore, in today’s edition of ‘I Don’t Know Why I Do These Things to Myself’, we have this: 65 Books You Need to Read in Your Twenties. Now this is according to BuzzFeed, so don’t get too excited.
I haven’t read a single book on this list. Which could be a good or a bad thing. There’s no way I’m reading all 65 of these, some
of them sound like either narcoleptic or
I’m-So-Pissed-I-Spent-Money-On-This rage episodes waiting to happen.
There is also this list: 1,001 Books to Read Before You Die. This list was published in book form by Peter Boxall, but the entire list can be found in the link above. I read roughly 50 books a year, which isn’t shabby, but it would still take me 20.2 years to read every book. I’ve already read about a dozen, but that’s it.
There are entire groups online dedicated to reading every single book on that list. People be crazy. If I started today, I would be damn near 50 by the time I finished.
And then (I know, the mind reels) there’s this one: The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Yes, that’s right. A list of every book ever mentioned by Rory Gilmore during the duration of ‘Gilmore Girls’. I’ve read 32 of the books on this list, and am feeling very full of myself.
For now, I’m sticking with the classics. A lot of them are available for free (because the copyright expired) via Project Gutenburg, or can be downloaded for free from Amazon if you have a Kindle or Kindle reading app.
If you want to keep up with what I’m reading, click on the ‘On My Bookshelf’ tab up yonder.
See you in a few!