So it’s finally here. After what must have been weeks — no, months, or maybe even years — of research and reviews, and probably frantic reading, the Great List is complete.
Behold the 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read: The Definitive List, as complied by The Guardian. It is every booklover’s dream, the one list they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives (quite literally, as reading everything off it will very realistically take that long). One thousand titles of pure fiction to take those of us with uncontrollable imaginations, and who love being swept away into that other world, away from the harsh realities and cruel awakenings of life, where nothing and no one else exists.
Be warned, though: this list has the potential to make you feel completely unread and primitive, even if you’ve been reading since you were a year old and you thought Jane Austen and Charles Dickens were enough to make you a literature buff.
The number of books I can check off this list as the ones I’ve read is disparagingly short. I feel rather benighted.