This week’s literary blog hop from The Blue Bookcase comes from Debbie Nance at Readerbuzz, a great blog to check out. If you want to join in the blog hop, go to The Blue Bookcase, grab the button and hop along. The question to consider for this week is, What one literary work must you read before you die?
So, on my death-bed I would actually not be reading. If you told me I had 6 months to live, honestly, I would not think to myself, “Crap, I really need to read
In general, I personally would like to read more Dickens than the standards covered in high school. I sat down not too long ago to try to read Milton’s Paradise Lost because it seemed like one of those things that kept coming up other places and I wanted to see what a story’s like that has Satan as the hero. In the same vein, I started On the Origin of the Species a few years ago because I felt like we talk about Darwin a great deal without much knowing what he actually said. But I personally have no book that I feel I must read before I die.
The other way to approach this question is what book do I think everyone should read before they die, and that just gets entirely too personal. For me, it’s impossible to pick one book that objectively speaking, everyone should read. There’s no book out there that everyone will like, or love, or even be able to finish. There are books that helped make me who I am today, and so those might qualify as should-reads. But again, that’s fairly personal to me.
In conclusion, what should you read before you die? Really, whatever you want. What do you think? Can there be a literary work everyone should read? And what would it be?