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…
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