Some of those books are going to be like running into a brick wall.
If you don't already read regularly, trying to force yourself to read something purely for perceived literary value isn't going to work. Be sure to start with something where what you have heard about the book genuinely intrigues you, whether idea-wise or plot wise. Wait til you're more accustomed to heavy reading before you force yourself to slog through something that you are not quickly sold on.
If you haven't done a lot of reading before you might have a hard time with some of those. If you want good entry-level stuff then out of that list I'd recommend Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, The Grapes of Wrath, Heart of Darkness and Count of Monte Cristo.
The first thing you need to do is check in what lever are you for reading comprehension, that's why when I want to know the level of other person I use:
The Little Prince: Being easy and also pretty deep in themes, this is perfect for kids or people with low level. If someone can't read nor enjoy this, the person can't into reading. In this level are most YA and children books.
One hundred years of solitude: It's a great novel with a lot of characters and rich description, also kinda hard for new readers, it's perfect for the next level. You can also put here almost any novel that doesn't require background of the life of the author or political themes.
Don Quixote: I don't put it here because it's complicated but it's extension. You can put in this level any classic book with 1000+ pages, only true patricians in this level.
It's worth noting that I am a Spanish speaker so you can adapt these three levels in the books of any language of your own. Also I know the little prince is french but I don't know any other book better for that level
yes. it's a bit /edgywhiteboy/, but yes.
define "start" reading though. like, I'm assuming you've at least graduated/started high school, learned the technical basics of literary fiction reading (sitting through slower development, recognizing themes) here. maybe read a few pleb bestsellers in your spare time. the idea that you have to spend a lot of time on those to get into these is being overstated here however: readers have started with the classics throughout most of history and you may have a clearer impression of the books on this list without something irrelevant to overtly "contrast" them with.
>Silmarillion is on the list but not LOTR
The list is literally all over the damn place. There are some on there you may find interesting and other (war and peace, the iliad, wuthering heights) I mean, wuthering heights? That's like recommending Jane Austen to someone that is used to twilight.
Anyway, hopefully you are literate enough to know the difference in genre and writing styles fairly early on.
'hemingway' has one 'm', but people tend to misspell it as 'hemmingway" (with two 'm's). The guy who made that chart spelled 'hemingway' as 'hemmmingway' (that's 3 'm's) under The Sun Also Rises. either the chart is being ironic or the person who made it is too retarded to spell correctly. that's why it's funny.
I never understood this logic. Yes it's difficult to sit down and take in content but that can be said about watching films as well. It all depends on your focus. As long as you're not reading an almanac or some shit then you should be fine with most of these books /lit/ recommends.
Get yourself a library card (it's for free) and go to town. You'll be able to find every book /lit/ recommends, and even if that library doesn't hold a copy, they can get you one from a different library system.
I'm disappointed that none of Terry Pratchett's works made it on the list. I mean, Hitchhiker's Guide is there, and I think Discworld is as relevant to fantasy as HGttG is to scifi.
Aujourdhui, Maman est morte ou peut-etre hier. Je ne sais pas.
If you understand that then just start, its really easy. Just have a dictionary and read a chapter of it in French and then a chapter in English.
You can probably get through them, but could you appreciate Ulysses for example if you haven't read The Odyssey?
Thinking about it now though, Ulysses seems to be the exception, not the rule.
I don't get it, is "white boy" supposed to be taken as an insult or something? I've seen shit like that on tumblr as well, like some how "white male" is being used as an insult or have a derogatory connotation to it. It's not going to catch on...
read 44 of these, get of my level or something
>people are hilariously butthurt about this.
Nah, like I got that part (the whole "edgy" thing). I just didn't quite understand the significance of him being white is all. The butthurt about your comment, I was referring to the whole tumblr hivemind kind of deal (though then like 98% of the pictures they post of "hot guys" are all white). It's more like a confusion thing than upset, really.
Not OP, but what if I haven't learned the technical basics? Being from a third world country, literature classes don't involve any reading at all. I do have read many of the books of the list by myself, but I'm gradually realizing I didn't get anything worthy from them, as a result of my bad interpretation skills.
It's legitimately fun. Post threads about what you like and what you're having trouble understanding, the actual discussions of Ulysses I've had on here have been some of the better threads on the board.