I'm getting dumber. It's a fact. I use my computer and my smart phone too much, so my handwriting is deteriorating along with my spelling ability. I spend a lot of time talking to people with a very limited vocabulary (because they're under the age of 5).
I decided to compile a list of "CLASSIC BOOKS!!!" (use your moviefone voice). Like those ones that I never read in middle school and high school that I was probably supposed to.
Taking suggestions from The Modern Library, The World Library, Time Magazine, The Guardian, some slightly random advice from Divine Caroline, and a trusty Facebook poll, I narrowed down a quite epic number to 91 books that are guaranteed to make me smarter.
Rules for the list, in case you are appalled that Tale of Two Cities or Twilight isn't included:
- I had to have heard of either of the book or the author.
- Either the book or author had to be mentioned on 2 or more of the above-mentioned catalogs.
- No author could have two entries (because Dickens and Shakespere and Tolstoy make up like 20).
Rules for the reading list:
- No fair checking off ones you read 5, 10, or 20 years ago.
- Reading real books is more fun, but many of them are free on iBooks, Kindle, Nook, and the like.
- Pick up whatever looks interesting and START READING.
Are you offended your favorite Jane Austen novel didn't make it? What's your favorite book? Which ones look interesting to you?