Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Top Ten Bucket List Books

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Things on my Bookish Bucket List

Sooooo I don't really have a bookish bucket list.  Reading itself is enough of a challenge and a pleasure that I don't set any other reading-related goals.  HOWEVER, there are those books out there, you know, those big huge literary Picassos that demand to be read if you ever want to deem yourself a bookish aficionado.  The kind of books that show up on every "top books to read before you die" list.  The kind of books that line your favorite professor's office shelves.  The kind of books you can bring up at a dinner party with frenemies and feel smug.  I've read some of them.  But not all of them.  I'd like to read them all someday, though.  So here, you go, the literary Mount Everests I aim to tackle before I die:

10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

9. Crime and Punnishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy CHECK!

7. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

6. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville CHECK!

5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

4. Ulysses by James Joyce

3. Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce

2. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes CHECK!

1. The Bible by Various Authors CHECK!

Four out of six isn't too bad, I guess.  I figure if I read one a decade I'll have them all checked off before I die... so long as I don't die until I'm 90.

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