Saturday, 21 February 2015

25 Books for 25 Years

 


I got 25 books for my 25th birthday. I think these were the 25 (it was a long time ago) and many still have the little slip of paper telling me why they were chosen for me. Did I read them all? Or did they just gather dust over the years on my bookshelves?

  1. Catcher in the Rye (1951) by JD Salinger
  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  3. Catch 22 (1966) by Joseph Heller
  4. The Cement Garden (1978) by Ian McEwan
  5. High Rise (1975) by JG Ballard
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee
  7. 1984 (1948) by George Orwell
  8. The World According to Garp (1978) by John Irving
  9. The Old Man and the Sea (1951) by Ernest Hemingway
  10. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Live the Universe & Everything (1982) by Douglas Adams
  11. The Name of the Rose (1980) Umberto Eco
  12. All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) by Erich Maria Remarque
  13. Dracula (1897) Bram Stoker
  14. Heart of Darkness (1899) Joseph Conrad
  15. Brave New World (1931) by Aldous Huxley
  16. Fahrenheit 451 (1953)  by Ray Bradbury
  17. Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding
  18. Flowers for Algernon (1966) by Daniel Keyes
  19. A Year in Provence (1989) by Peter Mayle
  20. A Clockwork Orange (1962) Anthony Burgess
  21. Cider with Rosie (1959) by Laurie Lee
  22. The Fight (1975) by Norman Mailer
  23. American Psycho (1991) Bret Easton Ellis
  24. Generation X (1991) by Douglas Coupland
  25. The Thirty Nine Steps (1915) by John Buchan 
I wasn't sure if one of them may have been Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris or The Cider House Rules by John Irving, or something else completely.

I am glad to say that out of the 25 there are only three I haven't read:
  1. The Fight
  2. A Year in Provence
  3. All Quiet on the Western Front

They are next on my reading list.

  • We Are Our Bookshelves explains why Andy Miller's 50 books in The Year of Reading Dangerously inspired me to figure out the list of 25 books I had when I was 25.
  • Reflection on Reading is a post on what I've been reading since I started this blog in September and what I've learned from them.

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