As mentioned in my Sunday post, I have an aim and a goal and a purpose for life (ok maybe not that last bit) which is to read all of the books on the abovementioned list before I'm 30, which, I hate to admit, is less than 8 months away ahahaha how did I get so old please someone stop me.
I don't know exactly how I feel about such lists because AS IF there are even 30 books that all people need to read before they reach a certain age, but I'm always up for trying to complete a list of books even though I never knowingly have. This particular list, also, seems a little less high-minded than some of the '30 before 30' lists I've seen (am I actually ever going to read Siddharta or Ulysses? I am probably not) and so more achievable, you know, maybe.
Also I've already read nearly half and some of the other
books I already own, so totally achievable! Yes!
Let's look at the list, shall we? You can find it here
, in its original form, and also below with my commentary...
1. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- I own this! I haven't read it to my complete SHAME. I agree with the list, it is time. (read 5th October 2018)
2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- IT IS AMAZING and I am completely not against reading it again before I'm 30, if my friend ever gives me my copy back... (re-read 18th October 2018)
3. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin -
I haven't read any Ursula K Le Guin but this sounds GREAT so I'm here for it (read 2nd October 2018)
4. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- I am 100% here for Malala's book (read 6th December 2018)
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- I also would read this again any time. Obviously.
6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Done and done.
7. The Mothers by Brit Bennett
- Another one I haven't heard of but I am also here for. There's a reason I want to complete this list, and it's because everything sounds GREAT. (read 13th January 2019)
8. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
- I am ashamed to say that I haven't read any David Sedaris, but pleased to say that I do own this so yeah, I'm gonna read this for sure (and at last!) (read 28th August 2018)
9. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- I mean, duh. I love it, you should also read it before you're 30, or after. (re-read 11th Jan 2019)
10. Bossypants by Tina Fey
- Yup. (Re-read 17th March 2019)
11. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- This sounds so tragic that I almost can't even, but I do want to so yeah. (read 14th October 2018)
12. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Very pleased that this made the list because it's excellent. I do have a couple of other books by her, so perhaps I shall read one of those instead of this one.
13. The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir
- I own this already so I know how dense and challenging this is, so maybe this will turn into 29 before 30, but I want to give it another try!
14. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- I have been meaning to re-read this for a long time since I read it when I was about 15 and didn't really understand things and stuff, so yeah.
15. The Rules do not Apply by Ariel Levy
- I feel like I've heard about this and don't know much about it, but ONCE AGAIN, the description sounds great so I am also here for it. (Read 10th November 2018)
16. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
- I own this! Hooray! I feel like I read something good about it and in a fit of passion (ooer) put it on my amazon wishlist where I believe Bex bought it for me, so thing I read that I can't remember, you'd better be right! *stern face* (Read 25th August 2018)
17. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- I also own this! What could go wrong?! (read 22nd December 2018)
18. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
- Eh, this is fine but I'm not sure it really deserves a place on this list. Just put all of Lord of the Rings on it, dammit (or, you know, not...)
19. Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- I have, once again, not heard of this because I am an ill-educated swine, and once again it sounds pretty great. (Read 19th February 2019)
20. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
This is, without question, one of my favourite ever books and a quick search just told me that I haven't even read it since I started blogging. THIS MUST CHANGE. (Re-read 15th February 2019)
21. Slaugherhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- I'm not overly enamoured with Vonnegut, but I have read this. It's fine.
22. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
- I haven't read any Toni Morrison, to my eternal shame, so this'll be a good way to kick me off and actually read the two books of hers I own as well. (Read 2nd March 2019)
23. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
- Word. (Read 7th March 2019)
24. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
- ALL THE PRAISE HANDS (Read 24th June 2018)
25. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- OK FINE I'll read an award winning book I guess, are you happy now? (Read 5th January 2019)
26. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
- This is soooo very good - I can't remember if I ever reviewed it because I think I read it when I was doing my MA (oh wait, yes I did
and no I didn't) but dystopia + Shakespeare = Dreamy.
27. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- I have extra never heard of this, and just as much am convinced that it sounds great. (read 18 November 2018)
28. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- It's another one that I read ages ago but that is fabulous. AGH this is making me want to read AND re-read... (Re-read 10th February 2019)
29. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
- Heartbreaking, beautiful, incredible writing - do I need to go on?
30. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett -
Finishing off the list with another one... I've never heard of. Ann is pretty solid though, as I understand it, so what's the worst that can happen? (Read 8th November 2018)
ISN'T IT A GOOD LIST?! I've got 8 months and 16 books to go - as long as I remember to read these exact books, what can go wrong? I think I"m going to come back to this page and update it when I've read books from it, and if you'd like you can come back and check my progress - 8th April 2019 is my cut off point, so I'll let y'all know if I've been successful after then!
Are you currently undertaking any book challenges?