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imageThis is exactly why I avoid reading Huffpost or anything close to it. Too much fluff. They always try to boss over what you should read, what you should eat, where you should go for vacation—all these bucket lists of every freaking things. No offense to the books on this list, of which I read maybe three of four, but to for someone who is not an avid reader, some of these books might kill that last sparkle of a desire to read period. It’s all the author’s opinions. Don’t take any list so seriously, read what appeals to you. Imagine if everyone just follows a guide or a list, what would happen to individuality?


4 Responses

  1. And as you suggest, imagine what would happen to reading.

  2. Is there anything to be said for a common reading experience? To Kill a Mockingbird, for example, has become a touchstone for many Americans. It, like The Great Gatsby and a few others, can be alluded to in conversation like shorthand to talk about race, class, etc.

    Still, I agree that most of the books on HuffPo’s list there will kill any urge casual reader’s desire to read more.

  3. I love a good list! I know what you mean about the lack of individuality but for someone who reads a lot, I don’t think they limit you in any way, only give you more ideas 🙂

  4. I can’t say it’s a book that should be read before 30 but A Little Life is rocking my world right now. You would love it. Seriously. You must get it.

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