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30 Books to Read Before You Die (Pt. 15)

Numbers 421-450

Now we're getting on to part 15, you may start to see books you don't recognise, and that is a very good thing. It means that you are looking at some books you may not have looked at if they were on a categorised list by a certain topic/genre. Now that we've been through 14 parts, we're not really just going to stop there and have it end at part 15. Are you kidding me? The party is just getting started! I love making these lists and sharing my experiences with you, and I also love hearing about your experiences as well.

Reading is one of the most important activities you can participate in. It doesn't matter if you read one book a week, or one book a day, or whenever you have time. As an adult, making time for getting lost in a book is very important. And, if you're under 18, then reading for around 20 minutes a day is important for your own reading and vocabulary growth. Whether you're reading something you love or challenging yourself with new, exciting, and difficult books, reading is a thing that I believe everyone has the capacity to enjoy. 

Now, I don't discriminate, I read anything from true crime to classic literature, from Ancient Greek Historical Writers like Apollodorus to Comic Books on BatmanSuperman, X-Men and many more. I will read everything from Truman Capote to Graphic Novels and Japanese Manga. A book is a book; as long as it has a story I can get into, it's fine by me! 

So, for those of you that are new to our regime—this is the code. If I mark a book with (*) then it is a personal favourite of mine. If I speak intermittently about a book, then it has a funny, strange, or peculiar experience story that I want you to know about. It only makes the reading of that book a little bit more interesting. So, let's get on with it, here comes numbers 421 through to 450!


William Godwin

421. The Book of Martyrs by John Fox* 

422. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell 

423. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 

424. Caleb Williams by William Godwin 

425. The Sorrows of Young Werther by JW Goethe 

426. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith 

427. The Selected Works of Thomas Hardy 

428. The Selected Works of William Hazlitt 

429. The Histories by Herodotus 

430. Theogony and Works and Days by Hesiod*


Dr. Samuel Johnson

431. The Golden Pot and Other Stories by ETA Hoffman 

432. The Major Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins 

433. Odes by Horace 

434. The Collected Ghost Stories of MR James

435. The Major Works of Dr. Samuel Johnson 

436. 'The Lives of the Poets' by Dr. Samuel Johnson

This is yet another one of those books I would read on the trains. I found it on discount in a bookstore and decided that it sounded terribly like the book The Lives of Artists by Vasari. I don't know if Dr. Johnson wanted it to sound the same as that book, but it definitely did and it read like it, too. The Lives of Poets is one of those books that you will really only be interested in if you're interested in the intricacies of a poet and their poetry. I'm saying this because some of the "lives" aren't exactly that celebrity or outrageous. It's not like Byron, but more like Pope. I enjoyed it because well, it's written by Dr. Johnson—everything is written to be quoted like philosophies. It's brilliant. 

437. Five Plays by Ben Jonson 

438. The Jewish War by Josephus 

439. 'Revelations of Divine Love' by Julian of Norwich

The best thing about this book is the experience I had whilst reading it. I picked it up from a bookstore in my hometown and would sit in university, by myself on occasion, reading that book and trying to understand Julian of Norwich's perspective on God and love. To be honest, I do see myself as religious and I did really enjoy the way in which the book was written—it didn't read like it was written so long ago. It was far easier to understand than I had anticipated; and well, I enjoyed the entire book more than I thought I would have. The very best thing about this book was that it was by Julian of Norwich and I would sit in university during my undergraduate, on occasion, reading the book in a building named Julian of Norwich

440. Stories and Poems by Rudyard Kipling


HP Lovecraft

441. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling 

442. The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci 

443. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux 

444. The Monk by Matthew Lewis 

445. Hannibal's War by Livy 

446. Classic Horror Stories by HP Lovecraft 

447. On Nature and the Universe by Lucretius 

448. The Great God Pan and Other Stories by Arthur Machen 

449. Selected Stories by Katherine Mansfield 

450. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin*

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