Thirty before 30

I turn 27 in August, and somewhat melodramatically this has got me thinking about how soon it is until I leave my 20s behind. It is evident now that the person I am at 30 will be in no way as accomplished or sorted as I expected, but I do still have plenty of time to achieve some of the things I want to do in my 20s. This includes reading, and below I have listed the 30 books I really want to experience in the next three and a half(ish) years. Some are classics that I really feel I should have read and some are new authors that I want to try. A few are books that I just really, really want to read.

1. Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell

2. Of Human Bondage, Somerset Maugham

3. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

4. The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope

5. Daniel Deronda, George Eliot

6. Laughter in the Dark, Vladimir Nabokov

7. The Doll: Short Stories, Daphne Du Maurier

8. The Reader, Bernhard Schlink

9. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, John Le Carre

10. Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann

11. Light in August, William Faulkner

12. The Dead Secret, Wilkie Collins

13. Aurora Floyd, Mary Elizabeth Braddon

14. Prozac Nation, Elizabeth Wurtzel

15. Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens

16. Notre Dame, Victor Hugo

17. Brighton Rock, Graham Greene

18. We Need to Talk about Kevin, Lionel Shriver

19. Ulysses, James Joyce

20. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemmingway

21. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

22. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

23. Tom Jones, Henry Fielding

24. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky

25. The Pursuit Of Love, Nancy Mitford

26. Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor

27. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

29. Wise Children, Angela Carter

30. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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