30 Before 35

On my 30th birthday, I issued a challenge to myself: make a list of 30 books that I am dying to read before I hit age 35.  The list-making got a little out of control, so it's actually 40 books, but I'm an old 30-something now so I MAKE THE RULES AND I BREAK THEM!

Follow me as I try to read my way through this list...before September 24, 2018!

Still To Be Read:
The World According to Garp by John Irving
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Paper Moon by Joe David Brown
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackaray
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison
Rabbit, Run by John Updike
Ulysses by James Joyce
Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Macbeth by Shakespeare
Jordan Freeman Was My Friend by Richard White
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Odyssey by Homer
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
The Passage by Justin Cronin
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Sharp Objects  by Gillian Flynn (10/8/13)
The Dinner by Herman Koch (10/29/13)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (5/30/14)
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (8/9/14)
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (9/25/14)
1776 by David McCullough (11/19/14)
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (4/21/15)
Commencement  by J. Courtney Sullivan (6/24/15)
Brave New World  by Aldous Huxley (8/10/15)
Dracula  by Bram Stoker (10/30/15)
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (12/31/15)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette  by Maria Semple (1/29/16)
Incendiary  by Chris Cleave (1/29/16)
Outlander  by Diana Gabaldon (4/24/16)
anything by Agatha Christie (10/16/16, Murder on the Orient Express)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker (8/4/17)
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (9/8/17)
Columbine by Dave Cullen (1/17/18)
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (1/25/18)
Bag of Bones by Stephen King (7/12/18)


  1. I haven't read many of these, but I do know that the Gunslinger is not worth reading; it's just so frustrating! Read King's 11/22/63 instead; so awesome! Outlander is a brilliant read, as is Dracula.
    Good luck with your challenge!

    1. Ah, I looooved 11/22/63! One of my favorite SK novels. I put the Gunslinger on here only because so many people have told me they either really love or really hate the Dark Tower series...I figured I need to find out for myself! :)

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