Literary masterminds are remembered for their intellectual contributions and expert storytelling. Many of the authors you should read are labeled as such because they challenge accepted social practices, such as fraudulent behavior. F. Scott Fitzgerald parodies the concept of assuming a fictional persona for the sake of acceptance in his widely celebrated satire, The Great Gatsby. While assuming a male pseudonym, George Eliot (AKA Mary Ann Evans) challenges her readers to question their judgments with her heavy-hitter, Middlemarch. Despite the messages imbued in these texts, countless readers lie about having read authors like Fitzgerald and Eliot and others in an attempt to maintain their intellectual reputation.
The amount of information on the internet, in popular media, and engrained into the study of contemporary literature that references famous historical authors such as Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Chopin is surmountable enough for people to successfully lie about reading books like Crime and Punishment. After all, Crime and Punishment - along with A Tale of Two Cities, Lord of the Rings, and Jane Eyre - is all among the must read books of the modern generation. There is, however, really no such thing as books you have to read, and although there is much to gain from a weekend with Agatha Christie or Franz Kafka, there is no official standard for what makes an author invaluable.
- The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls
- Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Down and Out in Paris and London
- A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, The Annotated Alice
- Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility
- Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Finnegans Wake