In honor of the Cheltenham Literary Festival, the London Times has compiled its list of "The best 60 books of the past 60 years." The list is somewhat surprisingly filled with popular fiction rather than "literature."
I skimmed quickly and found that I'd read the following works:
The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger
Lord of the Flies
To Kill a Mockingbird
John le Carré
Northern Lights (aka The Golden Compass)
There are many books on the list that I should read, of course. These books have the advantage of being stacked a few feet away, in the "to be read" pile:
Our Man in Havana
Funeral in Berlin
Eventually, I'll likely read Wodehouse, Coetzee, DiLillo, Nabokov's Lolita, and Dick's A Scanner Darkly.
Hat tip: Largehearted Boy.
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