You never know what you can glean from such lists. These things are generally one person's opinion, but if the person is learned about books, give it a look, say I.
I find out I would make a reasonably well-read thirty year old.
But - wot? - no Kafka? [DE]
"Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage," by Alice Munro
Munro writes short stories about small worlds, often centered around Canadian women like herself. She reminds us that quiet foibles and triumphs can be as beautiful and significant as sweeping, epic tales -- an important insight to keep in mind as you leave your more self-centered, dramatized youth behind.
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30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30
The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.
Still, some books are best experienced at a certain age, like, say, "Catcher in the Rye."If you pick it up for the first time when you're far beyond puberty, you'll likely wonder what all the hype is about. Likewise, there are certain books you should read in your 20s, due to the age of the characters or the intended audience -- books like Donna Tartt's "The Secret History" or Christopher Hitchens' "Letters to a Young Contrarian."