30 Before 30 Book List

As part of my 30 Before 30 list of things to do, I want to read thirty classics by the time I’m 30 years old. I’ve ultimately decided to compile a few lists together into 1 giant list and read at least thirty classics from it. I have read a few of these classics before in high school, however I want to read them again because being forced to read them doesn’t count 😉

Here is the list (& please feel free to comment with any thing you think I should add!)

130 Titles, in alphabetical order by author’s last name:

The Young Man’s Guide, William Alcott
The Divine Comedy, Danta Alighieri
Getting Things Done, David Allen
Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose
The Politics, Aristotle
Pride And Prejucide, Jane Austen
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
Tarzan Of The Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Stranger, Albert Camus
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
How To Win Friends And Influence People, Dale Carnegie
The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
The Crisis, Winston Churchill
Ghost World, Daniel Clowes
The Red Badge Of Courage, Stephen Crane
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Dafoe
The Origin Of Species, Charles Darwin
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Book Of Deeds Of Arms And Of Chilvary, Christine De Pizan
White Noise, Don Delillo
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dosteovsky
The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Foucault’s Pendulum, Umberto Eco
Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Self Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Middlesex, Jeffery Eugenides
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin
The Tipping Point, Malcom Gladwell
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Graham
King Solomon’s Mines, H. Rider Haggard
The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton; John Jay; James Madison
The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell To Arms, Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
The Histories, Herodotus
Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse
Siddhartha, Hermman Hesse
Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes
The Iliad And Odyssey, Homer
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
A Dangerous Book For Boys, Conn and Hal Iggulden
Seek: Reports From The Edges Of America & Beyond, Denis Johnson
Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson
The Thin Red Line, James Jones
From Here To Eternity, James Jones
Ulysses, James Joyce
The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
The Trial, Franz Kafka
The Boys Of Summer, Roger Kahn
Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac
On The Road, Jack Kerouac
Fear And Trembling, Soren Kierkegaard
A Separate Peace, John Knowles
Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer
Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The Call Of The Wild, Jack London
The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
A River Runs Through It, Norman F. Maclean
The Naked And The Dead, Norman Mailer
The Autobiography Of Malcom X
One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Blood Meridian, or The Evening Redness In The West Coast, Cormac McCarthy
Lonsome Dove, Larry McMurtry
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
The Wisdom Of The Desert, Thomas Merton
Tropic Of Cancer, Henry Miller
Paradise Lost, John Milton
The Rise Of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris
Theodore Rex, Edmund Morris
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Beyond Good And Evil, Freidrich Nietzsche
The Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor
1984, George Orwell
Animal Farm, George Orwell
The RIghts Of Man, Tom Paine
Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
The Republic, Plato
Lives Of The Noble Greeks And Romans, Plutarch
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarq
Another Roadside Attraction, Tom Robbins
The Rough Riders, Theodore Roosevelt
A Strenuous Life, Theodore Roosevelt
Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand
The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger
The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
Hamlet, Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare
Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
The Wealth Of Nations, Adam Smith
Maus, Art Spiegelman
The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
The Pearl, John Steinbeck
Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Great Railway Bazaar, Paul Theroux
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy
A Confederacy Of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
The Frontier In American History, Frederick Jackson Turner
Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
The Art Of Warfare, Sun Tzu
Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
Bluebeard, Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
The Island Of Dr. Moreau, H.G. Wells
The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss


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