i majored in english in college. not the technical writing english that will actually help in finding employment; but the kind of english where all i did day after day was read and read and read. i loved it...it did nothing for me career wise, but i did get a degree and it kept me in school long enough to meet my husband. so, all in all, it wasn't a total waste of time.
so i used to spend all my time reading great (and not so great) literature. i would spend hours pouring over passages trying to extricate the smallest meaning from them. it was fun to dissect dickons, austin, cunningham, and flaubert. but since graduating my reading has taken on a certain juvenile quality. i read for quick pleasure. i don't have time to delve into tolstoy or woolf, to glean life altering meaning from their work. i stick to mostly young adult fiction. don't misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with young adult fiction, but really, it's mostly fluff, like cotton candy. every once in a while i want to really sink my teeth into a meatier novel. something more satisfying. that being said, i am creating a life long book list, one that i will add to grow with as time passes. here are a few i've been thinking of:
War and Peace
Mrs. Dalloway (read this in college but i can't remember it well)
Count of Monte Cristo (currently reading)
Complete collection of Shakespeare's plays
Works by Thomas Paine
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
i'll add more as i think of them.