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Another Book List

by on Apr.23, 2010, under Readings

Since I decided that I needed to up my level of knowledge of classic literature, I have been keeping a look out for lists of recommendations that will help me achieve my goal. Strangely enough, I am not really sure exactly what my goal is. One day I just woke up an realized, the joy I had previous felt about having dodged all those tedious reading and essay assignments in school left a large whole in my education. Not that I have a great memory for these types of things, but it would be cool to once in a while whip out a high-brow reference to some famous work, or actually get a literary quip rather then just smiling and nodding as if I totally understand (then later having to secretly wiki on my phone). To this end, I have already finished a few classics; A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol and am in the midst of Memiors of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland. I also have a personal to-read list that is growing a bit intimidating as I find more to add.

This is an interesting list as it is not just some random person’s opinions of books they consider famous or worthy of reading, but books that other authors have recommended as good reads. I have to admit, I don’t recognize many names on this list, but I few I have heard of, and even one I have read. A so a few more titles go on my list.

50 Famous Authors and Their All-Time Favorite Books

Quick Note: If you haven’t heard of it already and like me, are interested in reading some classic literature, there is a wonderful site where you can download full versions of books where the copyrights have expired and they are now able to be distributed for free, Project Gutenberg. I use this in conjunction with a free e-reader I have for my iPhone, but they also provide PDF versions of books that can be read on just about any electronic device these days. They have loads of great titles, all for no cost to you!

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