• Isabelle Osborne

30 before 30 - Reading Goals

Today is my 20th birthday!


As I am moving into a new decade of my life, I decided to create a ‘30 Before 30’ bucket list of 30 things I want to do in the next ten years. I loved creating it, and I’m even more looking forward to ticking them off as I head through the next ten years.


Being the bookworm I am, I also had the idea of setting myself a ‘30 before 30’ reading challenge. Just like my bucket list, this challenge consists of 30 texts I want to read before I turn 30 years old. The texts I have chosen are a mix of ones I've been eager to read for a long time, and ones I've recently come across that I am so excited about and can't wait to get around to reading. Others I consider to be monumental, classic or iconic texts that I absolutely must read as a literary enthusiast. Some I have already in my book cupboard waiting for me to delve into, whilst the majority are waiting patiently on a bookshelf somewhere for me to come along and adopt them into my bookish family.


For added variety, I’ve chosen 15 fiction texts (1-15) and 15 non-fiction texts (16-30). The texts themselves are listed in no particular order…

  1. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara

  2. The Colour Purple, Alice Walker

  3. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

  4. White Teeth, Zadie Smith

  5. Sea Prayer, Khaled Hosseini

  6. The History of Bees, Maja Lunde

  7. Amnesty, Aravind Adiga

  8. Sparks Like Stars, Nadia Hashimi

  9. Blonde Roots, Bernadine Evaristo

  10. We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver

  11. Kindred, Octavia Butler

  12. The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett

  13. A Spark Of Light, Jodi Picoult

  14. The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi

  15. The Bastard of Istanbul, Elif Shafak

  16. A Promised Land, Barack Obama

  17. Educated, Tara Westover

  18. Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, Jaron Lanier

  19. What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton

  20. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Audre Lorde

  21. 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think, Brianna Wiest

  22. All the Young Men, Ruth Coker Burks

  23. Men Who Hate Women, Laura Bates

  24. How Women Can Save The Planet, Anne Karpf

  25. Our Bodies Their Battlefield, Christina Lamb

  26. We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World, Malala Yousafzai

  27. Travelling While Black, Nanjala Nyabola

  28. Head, Hand, Heart, David Goodhart

  29. Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer

  30. Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker


Watch this space and make sure to follow me over on Instagram to keep up to date with my challenge and see whether I read all 30 texts!



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