50 Books to Read Before You Die

I joined a group on Goodreads called 50 books to read before you die. There are a lot of classic books on the list, as well as some more modern ones.  I wouldn’t say it’s 50 books, though.  There are 2 trilogies and a series of 7 books included.  They are done by 50 different authors, though.  I’ve decided to include it as one of my reading challenges.  Here are some of the books I’ve read:

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien – I read this before the movies came out.  Excellent classic novels.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I read this one in high school.  I’d like to read it again.

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding – I read this one in junior high school.  Pretty brutal, but I’d read again.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare – I read this in high school, and I also own a copy of it.  It’s on my to read list.

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling – I’ve read all of these while living in Japan.

That’s all I’ve read, so I have a lot to do.  Some of these are massive books, though.  And then there’s this one:

The Bible by Various – I’m not a religious person, but I’ll approach this from a literary angle rather than as a study of the religion.  However, it’s so long that it’ll take a very long time to read.

None of the listed books have been reviewed, but as many of them are in public domain, they’re available as free eBooks.

Any comments about the list of books?

2 thoughts on “50 Books to Read Before You Die”

  1. I like that list. It’s a good list, if only for the tact that, at exactly 50%, I’ve read more of the stuff on it than usual for these things.

    The bind I find myself in with them more recently is my whole ‘diversity’ ambition. Only 10 women on that list, and if you invest to heavily in reading the ‘canon’ then you do end up spending a lot of time with dead white men.

    1. Ah, yes. I find that I’ve read far more books written by men than by women. Not that I don’t enjoy books written by women (I’m reading one right now by Naomi Novik). I find that most of the time, science fiction and epic fantasy tend to be dominated by men.

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