Books to Read (before you die)

I haven’t read Catch 22
by Joseph Heller
even though I know it was
an international best seller,

while J.D. Salinger’s
Catcher in the Rye
was never interesting enough
to catch my eye.

Ulysses’ by
James Joyce
was recommended
as an educational choice.

The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
was guaranteed
to darken my day.

The list of books
to read before you die
compiled by critics
whose self-esteem is sky high.

War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
I remember reading
as a boy,

along with Tolkien’s
Lord of the Rings
all played a part in
my adolescent cravings.

But the best books
I’ve found on my own
and over the years they kept me
company when I am alone.

Their names do not matter
for everyone has a different taste,
the important thing being
is let no book go to waste.

photo of woman reading book
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