30 Books Before 30
Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent — The definitive examination of
our twisted relationship with the media.
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness — A dark and trying journey into the
Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — The story of a funny
little man and his magical chocolate factory.
Robertson Davies, Fifth Business — Masterful storytelling about the
lives of those in a Canadian small town.
Charles Dickens, Bleak House — Dickens’ most complete and entertaining
assessment of his society.
Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank — The moving story of a young girl
during World War II.
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha — Wonderfully imagined story about
a young Japanese girl’s coming of age.
Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time — The scientist’s non-technical
analysis of the history of the world.
Joseph Heller, Catch-22 — A dark satire on the horrors of war and the
power of modern society.
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast — An unforgettable romp through 19th
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh — The principles of the ancient Chinese
philosophy taught through conversations with Winnie & Co.
Victor Hugo, Les Miserables — A lyrical and romantic look at the society
of 19th Century France.
John Irving, The Cider House Rules — A young man’s journey from
poor to rich.
James Joyce, Dubliners — Short stories about politics and society in
20th Century Ireland.
Jack Kerouac, On the Road — Legendary beatnik novel about finding yourself
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird — A look at racism in small town America
through the eyes of a child.
Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes — Autobiography of a poor Irish
Catholic boy and his family.
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon — The Nobel Prize winner’s look
at the history of African Americans in the United States through fiction.
Farley Mowat, Sea of Slaughter — Social criticism on the negative effects
humans have had on the environment.
Blake Nelson, Girl — A teenage girl’s story about growing up in
George Orwell, 1984 — Orwell’s eerie look into the ‘Big
Brother’ future of the world.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar — A young girl’s continuing battles
with depression and suicide.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter series — A coming of age story complete with
witches and wizards.
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children — A look at India’s
move towards independence through the eyes of one character.
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye — The definitive portrait of a
young man filled with angst.
Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal — A
fascinating look at the effects of McDonald’s on society.
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels — A traveller’s fantastic
and satirical journeys in the lands of giants and midgets.
Colin Turnbull, The Forest People — An anthropological study of the
pygmies in Africa.
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions — A hilarious story examining
the brainwashing effects of popular culture.