I love reading. I’ve read many wonderful books over the years, but there are so many more I’ve yet to read. Each year my “To Be Read” list gets longer and longer. With so many books to choose from, sometimes it can be daunting which to choose next.
For Christmas this year I received a little nudge in this area: the “100 Epic Reads of a Lifetime” poster.
It’s made by a company called Been There Done That. They make these posters in all sorts of other flavors as a way for you to track what places you’ve visited, movies you’ve watched, and things like that.
The poster shows a grid of 100 book covers, coated with a golden layer of scratch-off material so you can mark each book as it’s read. Neat, huh?
I’m a goal-oriented sort of person. That’s why I love progress bars when writing, word count trackers, and even fitness apps.
A head start
The poster comes with a pair of magnetic clips so you can hang it on your wall and easily pull it down to scratch of books as you read them.
I had fun scratching off the ones I’d already read before I put it up. You can see the photo I took of it below (sorry, it’s a tad blurry).
I am certainly not the world’s most well-read person, but I was surprised at how many I’d already read.
There were a few that I read in high school like, Tom Sawyer, Romeo and Juliet, and The Sun Also Rises that I didn’t mark off because it’s been so long I could barely remember them. By not marking them, it gives me the motivation to go back and revisit them.
Not all books are equally “epic”
Having this list gives me a great way to track my progress and, like the books on my shelves, it’s a great conversation piece.
I will definitely be reading a few of these books each year to see how many I can fill in, but the list isn’t perfect. There are some real head-scratchers. I fail to understand how The Da Vinci Code and Hunger Games belong on the same list as The Lord of the Rings, Little Women, Hamlet, and Tale of Two Cities. Some of the newer ones seem more like “books that were made into movies” rather than great stories that will stand the test of time.
So, I won’t be reading all 100 of these. But that, I suppose, can be its own kind of conversation starter.
It would be great if you could customize the poster to put the books you wanted to read on it, but I suppose we have Goodreads for that.
What are your epic reads?
What do you think? Do you like the idea of this poster? Do you have one of your own? Maybe the movie version or the travel one?
And if you could make your own poster of “Epic” reads, whether ones you’ve read or would like to read, what would be on it?
Let me know in the comments below.