This is an impressive list. As it should be. The Art of Manliness has compiled a list of 100 Must-Read Books, complete with photos, excerpts, and short blurbs. The list is biased toward classic literature, and I'm happy to say that I've read a slight majority of these books and heard of almost all of them.
Here are a couple of my favorite entries.
On Ulysses by James Joyce:
Just buy it and put it on your bookshelf and remember this from the book: “A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” We suspect that even those who have written their doctoral thesis on the book only pretend to have read every word, but a good friend of mine said not to question an academic on things of this nature, so if you encounter someone who has built a career around Joyce, don’t ask if they actually read it.
On The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka:
"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin."
None of us want this to happen. Well, most of us don’t. Kafka employed terms from law and politics, and was always concerned about some vague, oppressive bureaucracy that sought his ruin, though seeming cool and detached. We can take something from the very approach of Kafka to his work and find a balance between reading too much meaning into an event and, on the contrary, caring too little and being completely disillusioned.
HT: The Preacher. Photo lifted from The Art of Manliness.