100 Books to Read Before You Die

So I saw a list of 1001 books to read before you die but thought that was a ridiculous amount of prescribed books for someone to read. And I didn’t want to look through that long list to see if I actually read any, so I wanted to find the 100 books to read before you die list just to see how many have read or plan to read. Not sure if I will read these all but some of these I have and a lot are on my tbr list, so who knows. Here it is:

 

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (Own- TBR)
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (Own- TBR )
  6. The Bible (Yeah, can’t see myself reading this as I’m not a religious person)
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (Own- TBR)
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (TBR)
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  10. Great Epectations – Charles Dickens (TBR)
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (Own- TBR)
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (TBR)
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (I own Romeo & Juliet, not sure if I will read his others, possibly)
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks (TBR)
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (Own- TBR)
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (TBR)
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (TBR)
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Own - TBR)
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (Own - TBR)
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (Own - TBR)
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (Own - TBR)
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens (Own - TBR)
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (Read the first two)
  34. Emma – Jane Austen (Own- TBR)
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen (Own-TBR)
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (Not sure how this can count when the whole series is on this list?)
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden 
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell 
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (TBR)
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (TBR)
  46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (TBR)
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (Own - TBR)
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel 
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert
  53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (Own - TBR)
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (Own - TBR)
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huley (TBR)
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon (Own - TBR)
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Own - TBR)
  61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (TBR)
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt (TBR)
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo – Aleandre Dumas (TBR)
  66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (Own - TBR)
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville (TBR)
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (Own -TBR)
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker (Own - TBR)
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce
  76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath ( Own-TBR)
  77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal – Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray (Own-TBR)
  80. Possession – AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (TBR)
  85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White (Own-TBR)
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Own - TBR)
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Eupery
  93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers – Aleandre Dumas
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare (Again, why is this on the list if his complete works is?)
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (TBR)

 

  • Hmm… so I’ve read about 25 of them (haven’t finished the chronicles of narnia, just the first 2) I own 49 of them and actually want to read or have read 65 of them. Mostly because I haven’t heard of some, but some I’m not interested in reading. Who knows, I’m not overly enthusiastic on reading these, I just thought this list was interesting to review

*  The ones I read are bolded