As an avid reader, I have a list of books to read that would rival the length of the Great Wall of China. Statistically speaking, if it has a binding and is filled with words, chances are it made the list. However, there are a number of books on that list that I probably should have read by this point, whether they’re classics or were assigned reading in high school (sorry, Mrs. Bach!). Here are a few that I’m red-flagging on my list (no spoilers!):
- The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki – The beginning is always a good place to start. Rumored to be the first modern novel, it is set in Japan and follows the life of an emperor’s son.
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – Considering my love of Jane Eyre, it’s quite surprising that I haven’t read this prequel, which gives a voice to the madwoman in the attic.
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez – Widely considered a masterpiece of magical realism, this book traces seven generations of the Buendía family.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Despite reading works by pretty much everyone else in her family as well as many of her friends, I missed out on this quintessential monster story.
- Le Mort d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory – Since I read every bit of Arthurian legend I can get my hands on, this collection is a no-brainer.
Have an addition to my list? Let me know!