Saw this article on The Telegraph of their 50 best cult books. I thought the choices were good. Unfortunately for me it seems, I’ve only read 4! Slaughterhouse-Five, The Bell Jar, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Jonathan Livingston Seagull I will be reading probably in the next month, since I just bought it and am apparently the only person who’s never read this. And I have started and failed at Siddhartha, and Catcher in the Rye.
This is how they determined which books qualify as “cult” books:
“In compiling our list, we were looking for the sort of book that people wear like a leather jacket or carry around like a totem. The book that rewires your head: that turns you on to psychedelics; makes you want to move to Greece; makes you a pacifist; gives you a way of thinking about yourself as a woman, or a voice in your head that makes it feel okay to be a teenager; conjures into being a character who becomes a permanent inhabitant of your mental flophouse.”
I like that.