The Literary Blog Hop is a fortnightly event held at The Blue Bookcase prompting book bloggers to answer a question.
What one literary work must you read before you die?
Are you asking me the ONE book I must read before I die? You obviously know that it is impossible to answer such a question, don’t you?
There are so many books I must read before I die; the list is endless. I am not even thinking of the books I don’t even know I must read before I die.
Moreover, if I were to decide on just one book, this book would probably change every week. Every week I discover new books and I am not the same person today as I was yesterday, so chances are that the book in question will change depending on how I feel. Some books will be downgraded while others will be upgraded.
I feel that the book I must read before I die is the book that is next on my to-be-read list and it is likely to change by the time I finish the book(s) I am currently reading.
Today, the book must read before I die is Italo Calvino’s Numbers in the Dark. It was given to me last weekend by a friend. When I saw the book I exclaimed “I need to read it!”, so my friend ask me why. I explained how much I love If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller and that I have wanted to read Calvino’s short stories for a while. My friend handed me the book and told me to keep it. It is a pretty special present and I must read it before I die!