30 Books to Read Before Turning 30


This is where I kept track of my list of 30 books to read last year, before I turned 30! The titles with a line through them are the books I read. See my original 30-by-30 post here. And now that I’ve turned 30, read how things went in my wrap-up here.


  1. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
  2. 1984, by George Orwell
  3. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
  4. This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  6. Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse
  7. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri
  10. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  11. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
  12. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  13. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
  14. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
  15. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
  16. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  17. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
  18. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
  19. Ulysses, by James Joyce
  20. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  21. A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
  22. The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
  23. The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton
  24. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
  25. Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin 
  26. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
  27. Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  28. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  29. The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin
  30. Persuasion, by Jane Austen