I have to break my own wall and try reading some controversial titles mentioned in the post! Thanks so much for sharing this one.
For anyone who wants to attain the vaunted title of “being well-read,” it’s more about breadth than depth. (As for feeling well-read, read the postscript.)
To “feel” well-read in literature, it’s all about the categories, not the books themselves. Read a few books in a few different genres, time periods, points of views. I’ve thrown in a few controversial books, just so you know what all of the fuss is about.
Here’s how you can feel like a regular literati!:
Western Classics (Ancient & Modern): to give you a good foundation for the who’s who of Western literature.
- The Odyssey (Homer): epic of a dude who just can’t get home without a little help from the gods. (Extra credit if you read the Iliad, too!)
- A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens): the quintessential story of the French Revolution, love, and…
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