The Marilyn Monroe Reading List Challenge

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Recently I have been reading through two different lists of books; one is Peter Boxall's 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. The other is the work of a random Reddit user who compiled a list of the most notable or revered books from every country in the world.

I've got my work cut out for me.

Reading is my passion, so I was thrilled to discover I shared this in common with Marilyn Monroe. One might not think of her as a bookworm, but she actually considered literature one of her favorite hobbies. The book Ulysses was reportedly one of her favorite things.

Here is just a sampling of selections from her private library:

Reading over the list of books she had in her library, here are my favorites (granted I have many more yet to read, but I bet she had good taste!):

  • The Great Gatsby (I know its cliche, but it really is the Great American Novel)
  • Roughing It (Mark Twain's hilarious memoir)
  • Mythology (Edith Hamilton's classic; great for long road trips because it can be consumed in small doses)
  • Of Human Bondage (depressing but brilliant)

You can browse through the list of books here

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