Keeping Up With The Penguins
Keeping Up With The Penguins might be for you if:
You’re scared your Tinder date will ask you about your favourite book, and you’ll be forced to confess you haven’t read anything new since Harry Potter
You quickly excuse yourself to the bathroom when people start talking Brontë (you’re pretty sure there’s more than one of them, but you’ve got no idea which is which)
You want to give classic literature a go, but every time you Google “which classic should I read first” it returns a stack of books you’ve never heard of and overwhelms you with academic analysis
You’ve been stuck reading the one genre for years, and you either need to find something new or download your 800th poorly-formatted $0.99 Kindle e-book
You don’t mind having a laugh at a millennial’s attempt to wade through the literary canon of popular and classic fiction
I’ve crafted a list: 109 books that I’ve never read (even though I really should). It’s a motley crew, a kind of cross-breed of the Dymocks 101, the Guardian’s top 100 books written in English, and a handful of personal recommendations. Many are classics, some are a little more obscure – so it’s quantities known and unknown. I’ll be reviewing them one by one.