Hello readers! This is a post I’ve been working on now for a few months and am really excited to share with you! As of this month, I am 27 1/2, meaning I have 30 months left before I’m 30. I’ve seen some posts where people name 30 books to read before 30, but I thought it would be more fun to be a bit more specific.
I tried to mix in a lot of different types of books. So, there isn’t too many classics or series, because I KNOW I wouldn’t actually read them if that was the case. For the very first one, it is a HUGE series, but it only counts for one. All others will count individually. PLEASE comment down below and let me know what you think of this post and if you are planning something like this in the future!
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This one is the most ambitious of this list. I’m only going to count this one for one spot because of the shear size of it. I have been a fan of anime and manga since I was 12. I went back and forth between 2 different mangas that I absolutely wanted to finish before I’m 30, and settled on Naruto.
There are 72 volumes of Naruto and I have read 15 of those. I know this might take all 30 months, but I know I can do it if I put my mind to it.
Naruto was the very first anime I ever watched, and I really want to finish out the story.
I bought a boxed set of these books back in 2013 and have still yet to finish this series. I didn’t even read one of them until 2019.
I really love the audiobooks for this series. They have music and sound effects in them, and I really enjoy it. It’s just getting me to actually pick them up that is the issue!
I know I read one Narnia book when I was a kid, so I started rereading the books in the last few years in chronological order. HOWEVER, I know I haven’t read 1 book in this series since March of 2020, so it is really time that I continue it.
I did a project back in 2019 where I tried to finish a ton of series and I think I might do this again in 2022, and this series will be on that list.
Inkheart is a middle grade classic, and I really want to get to it at some point. I bought the first book in this series just a few months ago, and hope to read it during Believathon this year.
I only want to start this series, but I’m sure I will finish it next year if I love it. I have seen the movie, so I’m hopeful I’ll like it, unless it is DRASTICALLY different.
I am a long-time fan of Stephen King. I absolutely hated reading as a child and Stephen King got me into reading.
I feel like The Shining is one of his most popular books, yet I haven’t read it. For The Long Walk, I am just most interested in reading that one.
I haven’t read one single book by him in 2021 and I’m not even sure why that is. I need to get back into my Stephen King books very soon!
I have read 2 books in this series in 2021, and plan to read Mini Shopaholic in a few days. So, I will only have 3 books left. I was trying to make it to where I could read the Christmas one right around Christmas.
I’ve been reading the Shopaholic series now since early in 2019, and I’m ready to be done with it! I want to read more Kinsella books outside this dang series.
I’ve read pet by Emezi, but that is it. I’ve been wanting to read more by them for a while.
For Freshwater, I just want to see a book with really good DID representation. I think that a ton of books, movies, and TV shows depict DID in such an ableist way and I want to see it from a perspective that is just better than the others.
Either way, I need to read this at some point!
Victor Hugo is also the author of Les Misérables. I really, really loved that book. It is probably my favorite classic I have ever read, and I want to read other books by him.
I have seen this movie and am a bit weary about this book possibly being ableist, but I am willing to give it a good try.
I don’t know anything about Madame Bovary. However, I have been trying to read more French classics the last few years. I LOVE French classics and I haven’t read anything by this author yet.
A big problem is that I haven’t read even 1 classic this year, which is really unlike me. I’ll get back into it in 2022
I told myself I would DNF the Hush, Hush series if I didn’t read it in 2021, but for some reason, I don’t want to give up on it.
I read the first two books as a teen and just never finished the series. I need to reread them and just finish this series.
I even did an unhaul a few months ago and almost unhauled the books and just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I don’t know what it is about this series, but I really want to finish it.
I have had this book on my Want to Read shelf longer than any other book. It has sat on that shelf longer than I’ve known my husband.
I have had a few opportunities to buy it and just never have. However, I am on a mission to finally read it! I know it has a sequel coming out really soon, and I want to get to both books!
I started getting into adult fantasy about a year ago. I have sooo many books I hope to get to and Priory of the Orange Tree is one of them. I have bought this book in 2021, and now just need to get to it.
I know this is a standalone, and is Sapphic, but not much else. However, I am still really excited to try it!
As I have delved into the adult fantasy community, I keep seeing people say nothing but amazing things about Joe Abercrombie’s books.
I’ve almost read everything in Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere and I’m ready to try some new, highly praised fantasy authors.
I needed more middle grade on this TBR, so we are adding in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. This just sounds like a fun series to read.
So many people buy books based on the cover, but I pick books up based on quirky titles. I haven’t read much of anything with dragons in it, and I’m excited to jump in!
I remember one of my young cousins reading this series when I was in middle school and being very intrigued by it. I hadn’t quite discovered my love for middle grade at that point.
I just love MG mystery series. I feel so odd in the community of people who love middle grade. I do like fantasy here and there, but prefer the mystery novels, literary fiction, and contemporary MG.
I know this is a TV show now, which would be the best motivation to actually read them!
Yet another French classic. I haven’t read anything by Dumas just yet, and this one is at the top of my list!
From what I see on Goodreads, this book is well over 1400 pages, which makes me more excited to read it. I LOVE big books and I can’t wait to get back into classics and make my way through this one.
I know this is potentially a book I won’t like, but I can’t help myself. I know it’s about a woman who is abused because she is a vegetarian, and there is some sort of magical realism/surrealism mixed in.
I know this is the type of book I don’t usually like, but I really want to try it anyways.
Battle Royale is said to be a one book, Japanese version of The Hunger Games. HOWEVER, this book was written first. I honestly think I would really love this in a way I didn’t love The Hunger Games.
I was just never someone who loved The Hunger Hames in the way most people did, but I do like the concept and would love to see it in a different persons hands.
The last 4 are the existing books in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I have been putting this off because I don’t know when the next book will ever come out. I hope it will be before I’m 30, but you never know.
The ending of Game of Thrones was atrocious, so I’m ready to see the ending as it was intended to be, hopefully one day when the books are published.
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9 thoughts on “30 Books to Read in the 30 Months before I’m 30”
I did read some of those books:
1. Lord of the Rings series
2. Narnia series- but in publication order
3. Hunchback of Notre Dame- read Les Misérables before this one
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How did you feel about them?
Loved all of them
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good luck with your 30 books! i have no idea what would be on my list.
Thank you! It took me MONTHS to curate this list and it was not easy!
i can imagine!
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Love the list! Good luck! I have had Chronicles of Narnia on my TBR forever! I really need to get around to it.
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I feel that way too! They are so short and would be so easy to knock out if I just picked them up.