I am a complete /lit noob.
What are the first 50 books I should read?
To put it into perspective, I just finished reading 1984. I have just begun dracula.
I am reading on the bus when I go to and fro work.
I read lord of the flies & brave new world in school, so no need for those ones.
Beyond these, I haven't literally read nothing.
So give me your most basic 50-100 books to give me a decent base to work with!
Good on you friend! This is a decent list http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/oct/12/features.fiction Basically just read the ones you've heard of first, then come back her when you want advice for more.
Don't worry about it mate, just be excited you have so many fantastic novels to read! Most of us have already read them; I wish I could go back and read them for the first time again.
Some "easier" big popular novels might be stuff like:
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Great Gatsby
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Pride and Prejudice
The Catcher in the Rye
Heart of Darkness
The Grapes of Wrath
A Tale of Two Cities
Some big popular novels that I think are legitimately fantastic are:
War and Peace
The Brothers Karamazov
Crime and Punishment
I'd stick to the "easier" ones until you start getting a bit sick of them, then perhaps move onto something like Anna Karenina. Basically read what appeals to you and that challenges you a bit but not so much you get frustrated, just enough that you feel that "wow" moment while reading.
Yeah I had to commute long distances in my youth and I read so much. on the train. Long commutes suck but at least reading makes it fun/productive.
Enjoy the books, and if you find yourself really disliking one, don't force yourself to read it. It's perfectly okay to dislike a classic.