This is an interesting list although I have read significantly more (around 20) than the estimated 6 that your average Joe is believed to have read it is clear that I have some work to do. How many have you read? How important is it that we read significant works of literature? Should we read solely for pleasure? Please say “yes”! Or are we by passing over these acknowledged masters of the written word contributing to the decline of the language and by extension the art?
Writers are readers- and reading good writing can help you to develop your own writing skills.
Want a test of your reader experience? The BBC has given us a list 0f 100 classic books that they believe that everyone should read. They believe that most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here.
How do your reading habits stack up?(For comparison purposes, I read only slightly less than I breathe, and I’ve only read 37, or slightly more than a third of these.)
1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien –
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte –
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling –
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee –
6 The Bible –
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte –
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell –
9 His Dark Materials…
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