The Essential Man’s Library

The Art of Manliness has a peculiar listing of 100 “essential” books for men. There are plenty of classics that everyone should read, but some of the choices surprise me. The Hobbit? Really? The 18 19 books on the list that I’ve read are listed after the cut.

  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. Slaughterhouse Five
  3. 1984
  4. The Call of the Wild
  5. The Swiss Family Robinson
  6. The Illiad and The Odyssey
  7. Lord of the Flies
  8. The Metamorphosis
  9. The Hobbit
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  11. Cyrano de Bergerac
  12. Animal Farm
  13. Moby Dick
  14. Frankenstein
  15. Hamlet
  16. Robinson Crusoe
  17. Treasure Island
  18. The Island of Doctor Moreau
  19. Cannery Row [added 6/30/2008]
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