Classic Books We Want to Read


I have some major holes in my classic literature knowledge. Once again, I realize it would have been great to take a university course and fill up some of that hole, but alas, I am left to my own devices to figure it out. The number of books to read seems endless, but if I had to choose:

Why Infinite Jest? Because I've heard it's long and unyielding and I want to see if I'm up to the challenge.

Why Handmaid's Tale? Because it satisfies my feminist, sci-fi, Canadiana needs in one package.

Why A Wrinkle in Time? Because I realized I never read it, and it seems like a book that my younger self would have really enjoyed.

Why Siddhartha? Because I own a copy of it but haven't even looked at the first page.


Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

I mean, as horrified as I am about a grown man falling in lust with a twelve year old, I'm also really intrigued? I want to read this so I can be equal parts scandalized and disgusted. 

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

One of my friends is obsessed with this book, and I'm genuinely curious as to why. Plus I just realized it's only 112 pages, which is a heck of a lot shorter than most of Steinbeck's other works, so it should be a breeze. 

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

I don't know how I've made it to my mid-twenties without reading (or being forced to read) Salinger, but since The Catcher in the Rye is technically a YA book, it should be right up my street (even if it is basically written in stream of consciousness, aka my least favourite literary technique).