I read this article at Quartz, and found some of the books to be interesting. Most of the books I have never thought of reading, and many I’ve never heard of. However, there are some that I have shown interest in reading, and even one of them I have read.
Seems that the top book is Republic, by Plato. I’ve sometimes wondered if I should read it. Yale is interesting because it has The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. I have them, and I’ve read the first one. They also have Invisible Man. Stanford has Robinson Crusoe and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. MIT lists The Communist Manifesto very high.
It’s a very interesting list, and it makes me remember my own university experience. I never had to read anything like this! But I was taking sciences, and we did very few humanities courses. The only humanities I did were English (a writing course) and Japanese. Everything else was science.
Is there anything that surprised you about these lists? Anything you’ve read and would recommend? Let me know in the comments.