Monday, January 2, 2012

101 Books to Read Before You Die


In no particular order...

1) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

2) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

3) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

5) The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

6) The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

7) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

8) Life of Pi by Yann Martel

9) The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

10) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

11) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

12) Spud by John van de Ruit

13) The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

14) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

15) Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

16) Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

17) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

18) Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

19) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

20) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

21) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

22) Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

23) My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

24) The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

25) Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

26) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

27) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

28) Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

29) Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

30) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

31) A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

32) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

33) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

34) Atonement by Ian McEwan

35) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

36) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

37) The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

38) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

39) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

40) Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

41) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

42) I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

43) A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

44) Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

45) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

46) Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

47) The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

48) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

49) The Secret History by Donna Tartt

50) Possession by A. S. Byatt

51) Perfume by Patrick Suskind

52) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

53) Chocolat by Joanne Harris

54) The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

55) Q & A by Vikas Swarup

56) Dune by Frank Herbert

57) Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

58) Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

59) River God by Wilbur Smith

60) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

61) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

62) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

63) Mort by Terry Pratchett

64) Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoyevsky

65) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

66) East of Eden by John Steinbeck

67) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

68) The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

69) The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

70) The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

71) Rebecca by Dapne du Maurier

72) Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding

73) The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx 

74) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

75) Animal Farm by George Orwell

76) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

77) Watership Down by Richard Adams

78) Magician by Raymond E. Feist

79) Middlemarch by George Eliot

80) The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

81) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

82) The Magus by John Fowles

83) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

84) Agaat by Marlene van Niekerk

85) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

86) The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

87) The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

88) The Beach House by James Patterson

89) Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

90) Kringe in n' Bos by Dalene Matthee

91) The World According to Garp by John Irving

92) Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

93) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugendies

94) Shades by Marguerite Poland

95) Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

96) Fiela se Kind by Dalene Matthee

97) Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner

98) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

99) The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

100) Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

101) Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

19/101 so far! New Years Resolution: Read nineteen more.
**Update: Read ten more books in 2012 (see the books I've marked with a "")**

I found this list sometime in high school. I can't remember where it's from, but I've kept it stashed between my copy of Wuthering Heights. The books listed here offer a wide-range of genre and difficulty level, and I find myself being introduced to new novels that I never would have thought to consider... I love that.

Not included on this list? Countless. For example,  The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Go read it now. You won't regret it, I promise.

I'll be sharing this list over at My Romantic Home and Katherines Corner.

Thursday Favorite Things


  1. Oh my goodness what a wonderful list. Thank you so much for sharing with us xo

  2. I've only completed 14 on the list, and have a lot of halfway reads that I should finish. Great list. LOVE the image paired with this post. I am now following you from Favorite Things Thursday.

    Yona from

  3. Now that's a list, I've read quite a few but you've given me some more ideas. TFS, just hopping from Katherine's Corner and enjoying your blog today.

  4. Thank you for participating in the Thursday Favorite things hop and for sharing it with your readers too. I hope you made some new bloggy friends. Hoping your weekend is a sweet one xo P.S. did you enter the pink poodle giveaway?

  5. we are all readers in this house..and have almost all of those books..almost. thanks!


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