It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince


I love these, to tell you the truth, and it’s hilarious because I somehow always seem to do horribly on them. I’ve clearly not read all the books on this list, but there’s something fun about checking off the ones that I have and seeing my score. I just turned 25 a little less than a month ago, so theoretically I should have read them all. Feel free to tag me if you decide to check them for yourself so I can see your score!

Books were taken (within reason) from the 25 books to read before you’re 25 collective shelf on Goodreads. I removed a few that just didn’t make sense to me and went with the ones that were next on the list merely on account of

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy [ ]

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse  [ ]

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd [ ]

Sophie's Choice by William Styron [ ]

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte [ ]

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery [x]

I, Claudius by Robert Graves [ ]

The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene [ ]

Atonement by Ian McEwan [x]

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou [ ]

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood [x]

Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier [ ]

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin [x]

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Mauhgham [ ]

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines [x]

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi [x]

My Antonia by Willa Cather [x]

Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote [ ]

The Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [ ]

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya [ ]

The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles [ ]

The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor [ ]

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [ ]

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain [x]

So, my final score is 8/25, so about 32%. Ironically, this is a little better than I thought I’d do. How’d you do?

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4 thoughts on “25 Books to Read Before You Turn 25 (Book Check #1)

  1. I 29 and I’ve read 4 of these. I don’t have any plans to read war and peace. I love Jane Eyre. The Handmaid’s Tale was very good very intense. I haven’t read Rebecca in years but I enjoyed it. I love Jane Austen books and have often reread Pride and Prejudice. It’d be good to see a list with more variety than just classic and award winning books. People should read widely, different genres, I’ve read book from outside my favourite genres and enjoyed them.

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