30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Their 30th Birthday

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"The Web is grand. With its fame for hosting informative, easy-to-skim textual snippets and collaborative written works, people are spending more and more time reading online. Nevertheless, the Web cannot replace the authoritative transmissions from certain classic books that have delivered (or will deliver) profound ideas around the globe for generations.

The 30 books listed here are of unparalleled prose, packed with wisdom capable of igniting a new understanding of the world. Everyone should read these books before their 30th birthday."


  1. 1.
    Siddhartha (Shambhala Classics)
    by Hermann Hesse

  2. 2.
    by George Orwell

  3. 3.
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee

  4. 4.
    A Clockwork Orange
    by Anthony Burgess

  5. 5.
    For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics)
    by Ernest Hemingway

  6. 6.
    War and Peace
    by Leo Tolstoy

  7. 8.
    The Social Contract
    by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  8. 9.
    One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.)
    by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  9. 10.
    The Origin Of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition
    by Charles Darwin

  10. 11.
    The Wisdom of the Desert (New Directions)
    by Thomas Merton

  11. 12.
    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    by Malcolm Gladwell

  12. 13.
    The Wind in the Willows (Signet Classics)
    by Kenneth Grahame

  13. 14.
    The Art Of War
    by Sun Tzu

  14. 15.
    The Lord of the Rings
    by J.R.R. Tolkien

  15. 16.
    David Copperfield (Penguin Classics)
    by Charles Dickens

  16. 17.
    Four Quartets
    by T. S. Eliot

  17. 18.
    Catch-22: A Novel (Simon & Schuster Classics)
    by Joseph Heller

  18. 19.
    The Great Gatsby
    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  19. 20.
    The Catcher in the Rye
    by J. D. Salinger

  20. 21.
    Crime and Punishment (Enriched Classics)
    by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  21. 22.
    The Prince
    by Machiavelli

  22. 23.
    by Henry David Thoreau

  23. 25.
    Lolita (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
    by Vladimir Nabokov

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  25. 27.
    How to Win Friends & Influence People
    by Dale Carnegie

  26. 28.
    Lord of the Flies
    by William Golding

  27. 29.
    by John Steinbeck

  28. 30.
    The Master and Margarita: A Graphic Novel (Eye Classics)
    by Andrzej Klimowski

  29. 31.
    How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food
    by Mark Bittman

  30. 32.
    Honeymoon with My Brother : A Memoir
    by Franz Wisner

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Created by Mandy Jo on Aug 12, 2008.


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