Wednesday, 12 November 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: 12 Books to Read Before You Die

I'm not good at designing infographics, and that's something you'll already know if you've read this post. But that didn't deter me from trying again, and that's exactly what I did a couple of months ago. My topic was '20 books to read before you die' and, to be honest, it was pretty awful... but then, a couple of weeks ago, I was offered a similar infographic as a guest post. That's the one I'm letting you see - trust me, I'm saving your eyeballs - and this one is pretty awesome!

Not only am I seriously terrible when it comes to making infographics, I can also count the classics I've read in my entire life on one hand. That's where this infographic comes in. Next year my goal is to read lots of classics, and I'll be using this as a guide. They seem like good ones to start with - if you've read them, what are your thoughts?

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  1. I definitely agree with Wuthering Heights, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby! Mice and Men was a book I didn't like, but I still think everyone should read it. I would have to add the Harry Potter series and Anne of Green Gables though. :) I have read a good amount of classics, but not a lot of these, so I'll probably be using this infographic as a reference too!

    1. Harry Potter is a must, definitely! I'm glad the infographic will be useful to you ^-^

  2. Great list, I agree they're all must read!

    But I don't see War and Peace as a good start on classics – though I understand that's not the intention of the list (it's huge, too much information, too many characters – more than one name for each, different writing style for some, a bit confusing). But a masterpiece, of course.

    Catch-22 is super fun! (And I bought it as a gift for a friend last week). You feel shocked, but it's impossible not to laugh; the army situation is so absurd! So is The Great Gatsby (a light, quick reading).

    I've read 1984 at about your age – and Orwell got me crazy about classic dystopians (I'm still addicted). I've reread this book 3 or 4 times. His Animal Farm is great too.

    Don Quixote is another fun reading – and the founder of the novels as we know them.

    May I add a few?
    The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
    One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez) – or Chronicle of a Death Foretold (I love both)
    Emma (Jane Austen) – I prefer Emma than Pride and Prejudice
    Tales of Mystery & Imagination (Edgar Allan Poe)
    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
    Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
    The Alienist (Machado de Assis)
    The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)


    1. I've heard of Catch-22 but I don't know anything about it. I'll have to do a bit of research. 1984 is one I've wanted to read for a while but just haven't got around to it yet!

      Thank you so much for the list! :)

  3. It's a very good infographic. I've read 3 on there, classics aren't my favourite things to read. Of Mice and Men is a beautiful story which is quite thin, it might be a good place to start. I'm surprised Jane Eyre isn't on there which is one of my favourite classic books, have you read that one? I just finished To Kill A Mockingbird for my book group last month, also very good. Enjoy :)

    1. I attempted To Kill a Mockingbird earlier this year but gave up at page 50. I definitely think it's something I might enjoy someday, but it's not my kind of thing at the moment! I think I'd like to read Of Mice and Men though :)

  4. I would add Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice to that list as they are so good. I've read Catcher in the Rye which i loved, Wuthering Heights which i didnt, To Kill a Mockingbird was okay dont think i really appreciated it at the time, 1984 was horrid and weird.
    I hope you enjoy them though
    Gill x

    1. I've heard so many good things about Catcher in the Rye so I'll definitely be giving that a go at some point!

  5. Ohmighad, I kinda feel ashamed. :( I haven't read any of these books. :( I never even thought of reading most of them, I have to remedy that soon though, I'll probably try to read Frankenstein just for mere curiosity. hahaha

  6. I've read most of them, as they are all regarded as classics. Gatsby is one of my MOST favorite books ever, there is so much to it. Of Mice and Men is a painful read and I found 1984 a bit uncomfortably predictive. War and Peace is like a panoramic movie, but can be slow going. Moby Dick (for me) is a man's story; I found it hard to care. BUT. I had a long conversation with my dad about it. The point he made was that, at the time, only whalers ever saw whales. Today, thanks to TV and the internet, most people do know them. Catcher in the Rye may be too USA-centric to be universal. I'm also not so sure it has aged well. My favorites by Salinger tend to be things like Franny and Zooey, and others about the Glass family. Wuthering Heights is a bit too dark for me. I loved Don Quixote, such a sweet soul.

    I won't add any to your list, but I would recommend reading what you have here. They are all different in style, subject and genre. I will say, I have never forgotten the opening lines of Catch-22:
    "It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain, he fell madly in love with him".

  7. I've read about one of these... oops! haha! It's 1989 by George Orwell, and I do agree that it is a pretty good book. I'm going to get round to reading some of the others soon like The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights. :) xx

  8. Blah on Wuthering Heights. What am I missing when it comes to that book??


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