Great News! I’ve compiled an obnoxiously long list of recommended books divided into fiction and nonfiction just for YOU…and anyone else who reads this post!
For fiction, I included novels, plays, short stories, poetry, epics, graphic novels, and more. I decided not to divide all of them by category, though, since there are times when it’s hard to categorize a text and frankly, I don’t want to deal with that. Instead, I’ve divided all of these types of fiction by country – my hope is that if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I’ve always wanted to read something from X,” now you have a place to start. And by the way, the texts are divided by country based on where the author was born – NOT where they moved to later on.
The nonfiction list is still to come, but it’ll be divided into categories, including: history, philosophy, politics, psychology, physics, logic, literary essays, biographies, and maybe more.
But the thing you’re really going to want to check out is the soon-to-be-released Matt’s Super Secret Elite Reading Course.
This is a reading list divided into levels – you read a certain number of books and then a “boss book” before moving up to the next level. Every five levels, there’s a “big boss book” all leading up to one of the most challenging books out there (at least that I’m aware of). It’s a mix of fiction and nonfiction, though it tends more towards nonfiction in the higher levels, as I think even the longest fiction is easier to read than some nonfiction.
Now, obviously the order is subjective. You might see a book in Level 10 you think is easier than one in Level 2. But hey, give me a break. Plus, I tried to throw in easier books along the way in the higher levels, that way every single one isn’t an arduous challenge.
I give this list to my students at the end of every semester (and it gets longer every semester – think of the additions as expansion packs to the original game). And I always tell them what I’m going to tell you – this list is not for the faint of heart, but if you make it all the way through, you’ll be absurdly well-read and a lot better at trivia.
I’ll put up another post once the course is up (should be sometime within the next few days) and also inform you of any expansion packs via more blog posts.
Let me know if you have any recommendations for books I may have missed (I’m sure there are some obvious ones I criminally forgot) and to those of you who try my super-secret elite reading course, good luck!