How I did it: I took the "cold turkey" route, which was painful at first, but the discomfort only lasted about a week. I started right after I graduated college because I was drinking about 4 cups a day to keep up with my last crazy semester, and it was ironically exhausting--that wired but tired, jittery but fatigued feeling.
How I did it: Completing this goal at the age of 20 is probably one of the things I"m the most glad to have ever done. I feel like I have lived a hundred different lives in a hundred different places as a hundred different people, and gained experience with the world--that's the beauty of literature!
- First, I looked up several different "top 100 novels ever written" sort of lists online, so get an idea of what were considered classics--not follow any of these lists exactly.
- I also decided to include some books by authors on the list, books that themselves were maybe not considered classics (like all the Jack Kerouac (author of On the Road) that I have read)
- I didn't make a list of the books I intended to read, but instead scoured used book stores for books on the list or in the "classic lit" sections in general, and went off recommendations and plot summaries to find books I wanted to read.
- I decided to change this goal to "classic books" instead of novels, so I could include classic poetry collections, plays, and non fiction, like Leaves of Grass by Whitman or Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
- I also included classic works of literature I had read in the past, in high school, even though I didn't formulate this goal until college. (Hence why I wrote that it took me 7 years)