I could act like the lemmings and follow the queen bee, Oprah, and read East of Eden. I could allow the media to brainwash me into believing that I am missing out if I don't read the latest Harry Potter asap.
But I am a fool because I made a decision based upon my own thoughts. I started Siddhartha by Hermann Hess. Interesting background of WWI and WWII for Hess to be compelled to write a novel based on eastern philosophy.