Who knew that Aesop’s Fables was first compiled in 4 BCE? That’s the first book listed in ‘1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die’, in the ‘Pre 1700’ section. Also included in this section is ‘The Thousand and One Nights’, or ‘Alf laylah wa laylah’ in the original Arabic. A little later on in history comes ‘Gargantua and Pantagruel’ by Rabelais in 1532. Don’t look for Shakespeare though, he didn’t write novels; or any poets. This book is just for writers of novels, which means there could be an equivalent book out there with the possible title of ‘1000 More Books (of Poetry, or verse) You Must Read Before You Die’. Which, if you like poetry, means that there are now at least 2002 books that you Must read before you die.
And frankly, if you want to have any fun discussing these books with others, you might have to make sure to read them well before you expire, which doesn’t leave a lot of time. Better get to it…and by the way, Reading Week is coming up, so maybe you want to check out a good book to fall asleep by while taking a break from studying.