This will certainly be a mission. As phrased perfectly by Mark Twain “Classic is a book that people praise but don’t read.” A lovely and horribly accurate sentiment. Unlike these people he sweepingly refers to I do not wish to be aware of “the great classics” and yet know nothing notable of them, which is my current position.
With this in mind I then sought to find a pre-assembled list of great “must read” books. The one that caught my eye long enough for me to decide that this was the one to embark on was compiled by Time Magazine and appropriately called ALL TIME 100 Book List.
The chosen list is both exciting and daunting. Exciting because it featured a whole heap of books which I had heard mentioned with acclaim, you know the type that are featured in pub quizzes or on game shows. Daunting comes from the fact that a few of those familiar titles are familiar due to the fact that in the past I have attempted to read them but failed. GULP. It’s ok, this TIME around (do you see what I did there?) I feel confident that I can plough through the more difficult titles and breeze through those that are son entitled ‘one of the best’ for a reason.
It should be noted that I do not anticipate to enjoy all of the books on the list. As previously mentioned I am apprehensive about those books I’ve only managed to read of portion of before. I am also very aware that I have a certain genre that I lean towards as my preference, and that is Mystery. A ‘who done it?’ is certainly the type of book I look for, yet there comes a point where you get sick of the incredibly similar and increasingly predictable format and outcomes of these novels, another great reason to read from a list which truly features a mixed bunch.
If anyone is looking for inspiration of titles to read I really do recommend checking out the website below. OR even better join me and challenge yourself to read the whole list!
Feel free to follow my journey through the list and tell me whether you agree or disagree with my viewpoints, I promise I am interested to hear any comments!