The list author says: "It's always hard to get invested in 'literary fiction'. It's so much easier (and often more enjoyable) to stick to the genre's we love - paranormal, fantasy, crime, thriller... often reading 'books of worth' is a hard slog (trust me, I tried reading 'Anna Karenina'... stupid Russian names! Grr!)
This is a list of literary fiction that I felt better for having read. They weren't a 'chore' to read and while reading I often forgot that these books can be found on school reading lists and have had numerous mind-numbing essays written about them."
"This novel, to put it in modern terms, is just plain 'cool'. A twisted tale of unattainable love and social vanity. There are many moral lessons here, cloaked in Fitzgerald's effortlessly cool prose."
"You have to read at least one Steinbeck in your life, if only to make a haughty reference and appear intellectually superior. All kidding aside, 'East of Eden' is an exquisite tragedy. You'll understand why Steinbeck is considered a legend once you read this book."
"A play, not a novel. And once again, quoting Chekhov will be an intellectual coup... but seriously, this is a nice (easy) introduction into Russian literature and techniques. It's also a rather funny, poignant story. Should be read aloud however, because it can be cold on the page."