January 15, 2004  
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A wise man once sang: “Take a look, it’s in a book, a Reading Rainbow.” Here at Campus Life we’ve taken the little magical words to heart.

Since we like to think of ourselves as The Gazette’s resident ‘literary experts,’ we have compiled a list of some of the books we feel everyone should at least attempt to read. Yes, we do realize there is little time to read anything other than those generally tedious texts assigned in classes, but once upon a time, reading was fun (we swear, it was... wasn’t it?).

We think this list of books is essential for a number of reasons. Some are featured because they are literary classics, others just because they moved us in some way. All in all, each book on the list is interesting and thought-provoking and deviates in some way from the straight-laced “canonical” literature force-fed to us throughout our years at Western.

One piece of advice we’d like to offer is that you should read at least a few of these books before you turn 30 — meaning: before you become a bitter and cynical slave to ‘The Man.’

—Kelly Marcella
& Maggie Wrobel

30 Books Before 30

30 Books You Should Read Before You’re 30


A Reading Rainbow of Editors’ Favourite Picks

5 Plays To Watch Out For

As a rule, theatre is better watched than read. Therefore, do yourself a favour and catch a production of one of these classics.



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