30 Books Worth Adding To Your Reading List

I'll be honest, whenever I see a 'you must read these books to be smart list' I get super annoyed. The list are often filled with the classics that were shoved down our throats in school that were dry, boring and written by cranky old men. Not that I don't love some of them, rather that they seem like too obvious a choice. "Hey you! If you read Mark Twain and Hemingway, you are so smart!"

Except you didn't read it by choice, it was assigned to you, and let's be honest, you hated every minute of it. Yeah, buddy, I'm on to you. To be fair, everyone has a list like this that could and frankly should be shared. After all, the books we read are part of what helps create our many, varied layers.

So what books would I recommend if you wish to feel more learned, well read or just a little more enlightened? Here are some in both the fiction and non-fiction categories. In no particular order:

  1. Consider the Oyster by M.F.K. Fisher
  2. The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side by Agatha Christie
  3. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
  4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  5. Strange Fruit: the Biography of a Song by David Margolick
  6. Farehenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  7. The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer
  8. Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
  9. In the Devil's Garden by Stewart Lee Allen
  10. The Twisted Root by Anne Perry
  11. Passing by Nella Larsen
  12. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  13. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  14. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  15. My Life in France by Julia Child
  16. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  17. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  18. Faust by Goethe  
  19. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  20. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  21. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  22. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  23. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
  24. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  25. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  26. Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter
  27. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tenessee Williams
  28. Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  29. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
  30. Don't Bet on the Prince edited by Jack Zipes
Happy Reading!

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