numbers and time .

procrastinating, and found some guy on the internet that said these 30 books are a must read before one is 30. i think a few aren’t really my type, but there are a couple on this list that i’ve been meaning to read as well.

there were a few books that i was shocked not to find on the list, such as utopia by thomas moore, huxley’s brave new world, oscar wilde and a whole lot of classics. i mean, seriously, wilde is one of the BEST writers that has ever lived! and harry potter wasn’t on the list either; i think this guy needs to rethink some of his list. also, there are a few books on this list that i’ve never heard of, so i will be doing some research into them. so here we go…

1. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse 

2. 1984 by George Orwell

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess  [i own this book, and will read it after monday. very excited!]

5. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway  [been meaning to read hemingway for a while now]

6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy  [honestly, i tried very hard to read this book, but after 3 months of anna karenina i just couldn’t take it anymore]

7. The Rights of Man by Tom Paine

8. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

10. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin  [seriously? what if i develop my own mein kampf?!]

11. The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton

12. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

13. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

14. The Art of War by Sun Tzu  [is this guy asian?!]

15. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

16. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

17. Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot  [eliot is a poet right? i think i’ve read a few of his poems, so i’m not sure if i’ll be reading this]

18. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller  [is this the one the movie was based on? the one with leo dicaprio?]

19. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  [terrible book. hated it]

20. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger  [been meaning to read this one too]

21. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

22. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

23. Walden by Henry David Thoreau  [i’ve thought about reading this as thoreau comes up with lots of wisdom. i have many quotes by him; maybe i’ll look into it]

24. The Republic by Plato  [due to former experience with ancient sources, i think i will give this one a miss]

25. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov  [really, really want to read this one!]

26. Getting Things Done by David Allen

27. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie  [i think philip has this book. maybe i’ll borrow it off him. wow.]

28. Lord of the Flies by William Golding  [yeah, eventually…]

29. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck  [yes, i’ve been meaning to read this one too]

30. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

guess i don’t read as much as i thought. oh well, i still have 12 years.

    • jwang
    • November 1st, 2008

    LOL i am gonna read war and peace xD
    it took a year to read anna but that was coz it got boring so id read other stuff in between so i end up forgetting about where i left off and starting over again LOL

    wtf origin of species LOL ive read enough from bio

    and i havent read a book in 2 months, except for textbooks
    im gonna cry
    and i havent touched my sax for 6 months =[

    YAY first to comment

  1. Hmmm. Interesting list.

    I’ve read 2, 20, 28.

    Catcher in the Rye is GOOD!

    Haven’t read the Grapes of Wrath, but I have read Of Mice and Men by John Steinback. I cried.

    I started War and Peace, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and the Republic.

    My friend’s been bugging me to read The Prince forever…

    Interesting post! I might have to make my own list someday!

  2. a catcher in the rye is a good book =)

    • darkcloudv2
    • November 1st, 2008

    catcher in the rye is not a good book
    and that is a hell of a lot of books
    id rather just sparknotes that
    but only because the only kind of novel i like to read is a graphic novel.



    • Nicole
    • November 1st, 2008

    Haha, tell me if you get any of these so I can borrow them off you 😛

    And Catch 22 is the one that introduced that paradox that by proving a statement you disprove it (the idea is that this guy needs to get out of the air force but they only let you leave if you’re crazy and if you try to argue that you’re crazy, you’re obviously not)The Leonardo DiCaprio movie you’re thinking of is Catch Me If You Can, I think.

    Btw, I think you’d like the Machiavelli 🙂

    • www17writtenwithwisdom
    • November 5th, 2008

    cool. it seems that you know a lot of books.
    i’ve been looking for a book to read since its been a very long time that i last read one.
    i’ll try some of the book on your list.
    nice. 🙂
    by the way. i love the design of your blog. 🙂

    • Garmon
    • March 2nd, 2009

    dont forget about reading! if you get bored
    go and read these books

    • blueprint4ndbeauty
    • March 20th, 2009

    Sun Tzu – yeah, ancient Chinese General who understood the art of warfare. This is used as a sort of textbook by some MNCs (multi-national corporations) on how to do (and win) in commerce.

    Quite a few books on this list I’ve been meaning to read as well. Definitely agree with your assessment of Huxley – A Must. And Catch-22 – that book will eff up your world, make you laugh one instant and in the very next sentence induce a sadness so terribly consuming and complete. One of those experiences that makes you hate war. You have to read it. Gotta add some of my own authors:

    Robert Heinlein
    Philip K. Dick (his ideas begat Total Recall, Blade Runner, Minority Report, etc.)
    William Gibson
    Neal Stephenson (start with Snow Crash or The Diamond Age)

    • TW
    • March 25th, 2009

    I’m commenting now just because! I’m stealing this list — thanks!

    • tangjuicestacy
    • April 6th, 2009

    hehe i’ve only read lord of the flies and catcher in the rye.
    and they were both for school.

    • tangjuicestacy
    • April 6th, 2009

    oh and i’ve also read mockingbird.
    school also.

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