I'm reading all of these books because when it comes down to it, I want to be able to understand of the the references that my peers will be spitting out in an effort to impress each other. I don't plan on showing off my own literary and cultural knowledge, but rather I want to make sure that my peers don't get too big for their britches. Although I'm not in this competition to beat everyone else, I sure am in it to stop everyone else from winning. Does my desire to bring people down a notch make me a bad person? Maybe, I don't know.