30 before thirty

Today is my 29th birthday.

So like any good reader, I have curated a list of books I want to read before my 30th year of life. Some of these I have read within the last year and some of these I have read long ago and plan on re-reading in hopes of gaining different perspective). I’m always looking for runner ups so if you have any to add to this list based on what I already have .. please drop me a comment!

My total aim is 52 books this year!

“Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.
― J. Winterson 


  1. The Tibetan Book of the Dead – Padmasambhava
  2. Way of the Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman
  3. The Gift of Fear – Gavin de Becker
  4. The Master and Margarita – Milhaud Bulgakov
  5. Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
  6. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  7. The Miracle of Mindfulness – Thich Nhat Hanh
  8. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
  9. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  10. When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chodron
  11. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  12. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  13. The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  14. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  15. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  16. The Four Agreements – Miguel Ruiz
  17. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  18. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  19. Mans Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
  20. The Mastery of Love – Miguel Ruiz
  21. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  22. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  23. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  24. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  25. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  26. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  27. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  28. The Green Mile – Stephen King
  29. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  30. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.