30 Before I’m Thirty (Books)

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I’m going to be thirty in just over 2 years and at this moment in time I’m OK with that (how I feel about it in 10 minuets is up for debate) but one of the things that I realised is that there are a fair few things I still want to accomplish whilst the career and social goals are somewhat out of my control things like films I want to see, albums I want to listen to and books I want to read are very much in my control, especially as I have 25 months to accomplish it. Here is a list of the books that I would like to have read by the time I’m thirty.

A Princess of Mars- Edgar Rice Burroughs 


War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy 


Ulysses- James Joyce 


The Iliad- Homer


Journey To The Centre of the Earth- Jules Verne 

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Frank Sinatra Has A Cold- Gay Talese 


Three Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing Of The Dog)- Jerome K Jerome


The Time Machine- H.G Wells

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Lolita- Vladimir Nabokov


Animal Farm- George Orwell


The Last Of The Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper


The Man Who Would Be King- Rudyard Kipling 


Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson 


Stardust- Neil Gaiman


A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court- Mark Twain

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Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years- Sue Townsend 


The Fight-Norman Mailer 


The Turn Of The Screw-Henry James


The Stand- Stephen King


Notes Of A Dirty Old Man- Charles Bukowski 


Children Of Hurin- J.R.R Tolkein 


Idylls Of The King- Alfred Tennyson


Confessions of an English Opium Eater-Thomas de Quincey


Little Women- Louisa May Alcott 


A Little History Of The World- E.H Gombrich 


The Mysterious Affair At Styles- Agatha Christie 


Who Censored Roger Rabbit- Gary K Wolf


Zen And The Art Of Motor Cycle Maintenance-  Robert M. Pirsig


The Day Of The Triffids- John Wyndham 

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Winds of Winter- George R.R. Martin (Because surely this’ll be finished before the TV series)


How many of these do you think I’ll get done before July 21st 2019?





14 thoughts on “30 Before I’m Thirty (Books)

  1. I’ve read quite a few of these so you must have good tast! Ha ha ! Good list read at least 50% so have fun! I am slightly older than you !!!


  2. […] Some of it was entertaining, and it did show an interesting look at the life of the Russian Aristocracy and high society in the time of Napoleon’s rise to power throughout Europe. I won’t go into a discourse on the intricacies of the varying factions of Russian nobility that are presented in the book, because there are various and numerous thesis’s already published on the subject, but suffice it to say I struggled with this book I really and truly struggled with it, its taken me months to get through it, but at least I did it, and I can now cross it off my Thirty before 30. […]


  3. […] As someone who knows sweet F all about boxing Norman Mailer manages to actually engage the reader in the whole pugilistic ballet from “rope-a-dopes” to footwork he manages to make it wholly accessible to the know nothings like myself. Mailer really is able to show why he is the king of the “new journalism” genre. Its one of those books that I took a chance on, and its nice to see that the chance has paid off, I’m glad that I was able to cross this one off the list. […]


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