30 Books to Read Before You Die (Pt. 33)

by Annie Kapur about a year ago in literature


30 Books to Read Before You Die (Pt. 33)

Wow, we've actually made it to Part 33 and we're still on our journey. People will ask if I'm planning to do this for as long as I live and well, I don't really know. I guess it'll just end when it ends and because it hasn't ended, well—we're carrying on. Today, we're going to discuss why I don't like book clubs and I'll give you some reasons. Now, I don't have a hatred for them because I know that they help a lot of people by reading a book in a group as opposed to reading it by yourself. For reasons of social meetings, motivation, etc. some people prefer book-club style reading. But here are a few reasons why I don't personally like it.

The first reason is that you have to read the book club book even if you don't like the book. Now, I've known a lot of people online to say, "I really didn't like the book this week but I had to push myself through it." Yes, but why? Life is too short to read a book you don't like, let alone spending a week reading it and then having to talk about it in a group situation for an hour. I would prefer choosing my own books not only for the fact that I can choose what I want to read, but also for the fact that even if I don't like it very much—I spent my money on it so I have to try and like it at least. Nobody else to blame there. (To be honest I haven't read a book I don't like in a long time. A very long time).

The second reason is the one book a week thing. Most book clubs focus on one book a week and have a one hour meeting about that book. This is what I don't understand. Why don't you instead set a theme of three books, read them across the week, and come back to cross compare? That would make for a more eventful conversation and the people reading the books don't have to feel like they can only concentrate on one for the entire week.

The third reason I don't personally like bookclubs is that I'm a bit of a book hoarder. I like reading as a solitary activity, not as a group one. Yes, I think it's cool to talk about what you read with other people, but if you're all reading the same thing, then that sounds like a really boring conversation. I want someone to tell me about the book they're reading that I haven't read yet. That's all I'm saying.

Let's get on with this then. Remember I'll never recommend a book I haven't read myself and my personal favourites on the list are marked with an (*). I may talk about one or two throughout the article but I really think you've had enough of me talking on and on now, so let's get into the books! Here's numbers 961-990.


Jack Kerouac

961. Wake Up by Jack Kerouac

962. The Complete Short Stories of Robert Graves

963. To Jerusalem and Back by Saul Bellow

964. The Theory of the Modern Stage by Eric Bentley

965. The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

966. Equus by Peter Schaffer

967. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

968. Glory by Vladimir Nabokov*

969. The Psychology of Love by Sigmund Freud

970. The Essential Groucho by Marx


Franz Kafka

971. The Victim by Saul Bellow

972. The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett

973. The Great Wall of China by Franz Kafka

974. The Memoirs of Tennessee Williams

975. Moses Ascending by Sam Selvon

976. The Face of Another by Kobe Abe

977. Caligula and Other Plays by Albert Camus

978. 'Summer Crossing' by Truman Capote

Did you know that this was the first Capote book I ever read? Well, it was. I had heard of Breakfast at Tiffany's and already made up my mind to read this first. Then I read Breakfast at Tiffany's straight after, a few months later—I found In Cold Blood and trust me, if I didn't like Capote that much before, I definitely liked him after reading In Cold Blood. Be that as it may, I always take Summer Crossing to be my introduction to the world of Capote.

979. Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike

980. Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively


HP Lovecraft

981. The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark

982. Penguin's Three Gothic Novels

983. The Penguin Anthology of Simone Weil

984. The Dreams in the Witch House by HP Lovecraft

985. The Go-Between by LP Hartley

986. Americana by Don DeLillo

987. The Collected Poems of Patrick Kavanaugh

988. The Man in the Grey Suit by Sloan Wilson

989. A Death in the Family by James Agee*

990. The Legendary Adventures of Alexander the Great by Richard Stoneman

Annie Kapur
Annie Kapur
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Annie Kapur

Film and Writing (M.A)

Focus in Film: Adaptation from Literature, Horror Filmmaking Styles and Auter Cinema

Author of: "The Filmmaker's Guide" series

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