A few days ago, I saw this list on Facebook titles ‘Books You Should Read Before You Die’ and was surprised to see that of the 15 or so books, I had only read one! (The Kite Runner – it is beautiful) I thought I was a bookworm whaaat. Although I read a lot (if I do say so myself), I read, almost exclusively, young adult books. There’s nothing wrong with that, obviously, but there are a lot of non-YA books that I want to read that I never feel like reading because I just love YA. Also for some of them, I feel like I will probably understand and appreciate them more when I’m a little bit older
So this is basically a list of non-YA books that I want to read at some point in my life.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is my English teacher’s favourite book but she told me to wait a couple years before I read it. (She also told me that in 2014 so it’s probably time I should read this)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I have never read anything by Charles Dickens (except the abridged Oliver Twist) and have no clue what this is about but my friends and I had an inside joke about the title which is why it’s the one Dickens book that I really want to read.
All of Shakespeare’s plays
I have only read The Merchant of Venice for school and Romeo and Juliet because I thought it would be romantic. I really liked TMOV so I do want to read his other work someday.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I told my friend I haven’t read this one and she gave me the most disgusted look and said, “and you call yourself a reader.” This is one I will probably read soon because I downloaded it for free on Kindle. I must know what the big fuss is about Mr Darcy…
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Again, I have no clue what this is about but I have heard about Jane Eyre – I think there was a movie? I want to know what this story is about
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien
I have tried reading this and just found it too boring. I’ve seen half of the first movie and I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping to one day read the whole trilogy.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I actually own a copy of this book but it’s huge and so intimidating. I know it’s hilarious and I do want to pick it up because I’m certain I’ll love it. It’ll happen. One day.
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
This is one I’ve heard mixed things about but I still want to read this because of the sheer number of people who have Great Gatsby themed parties…
The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
I’ve heard that this is a classic about angsty teenagers. I read YA which is all about angsty teenagers so it should be fun to read about how similar or different teenagers acted in the previous century.
1984 by George Orwell
I have read Animal Farm for school. I despised it when it was in our course but now, I appreciate the satire a lot more. I have heard a lot about 1984 and how it was the original dystopian novel so I think it’ll make for an interesting read.
What are some books you want to read before you die?