Late last month I ran out of new books to read and, oddly enough, my list of things to read next was conspicuously empty. While I could have used this opportunity to re-read something I've enjoyed previously, it seemed a good opportunity to head over to GoodReads and take a look at some of the popular lists to see if there was something interesting. The "Best Books Ever" list seemed like a good place to start, so I took a look at what literary works were deemed to be the pinnacle of excellence.
Of the top twelve, I've read just four: To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, Animal Farm, and the first Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy1. Reading through the synopses and comments for the books I haven't read, I wonder what the median age of the GoodReads contributor might be. From the spelling and grammar, it can't be much more than 25.
That said, this exercise did encourage me to set fiction aside for the time being and continue with the non-fiction bend I've been on since the start of the year. I opted to pick up a copy of John Kaag's Hiking With Nietzsche and have worked through the first 80 pages or so. It's an easier read than Nietzsche's works and reminds me a bit of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; a book I should probably read again at some point.
I've read two of the four Lord of the Rings books, so can't really put the collection on my list.