you could argue that no other personal accoutrement is as revealing...
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but to judge a person by his/her books, well that’s perfectly acceptable. On display for all and sundry to see, you could persuasively argue that no other personal accoutrement is as revealing as the literary titles that reside on your shelves.
Irrespective of how dusty they might be, one would hope to find your worldly perspective reflected in a well-rounded literary assemblage. There are some titles whose presence is simply obligatory; never mind if their spine hasn’t once been broken. The following are some bona fide masterpieces that will help demarcate an astute taste in books.
1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Lee Harper
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
5. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
6. Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
8. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
10. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
11. 1984 by George Orwell
12. The Human Stain by Philip Roth
13. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
14. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
15. The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Papillon by Henri Charrière
17, The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
18. A short history of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
19. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
20. The Penguin History of New Zealand by Michael King