I saw a link to someone else’s page commenting on 100 Books to Read Before You Die, and I found this website http://shopbookstoread.com/list-of-100-books-to-read-before-you-die that appears to have a list. I don’t know if this is the correct list, but I thought it might be interesting for me to comment on which ones I’ve actually read, since this is still a very comprehensive list of random books. Sadly, even this list, I have only read 22 books. I shall have to work on that.
100. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
99. Atonement by Ian McEwan
98. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (I read this back in high school as it was required for one of my classes. I don’t think I remember any of it. But I read it!)
97. Animal Farm by George Orwell
96. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulk
95. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
94. The Lost Valentine (The Last Valentine) by James Michael Pratt
93. The Lonesome Gods by Louis L’Amour
92. Angels Everywhere by Debbie Macomber
91. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
90. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
89. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
88. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (I read this a couple years ago and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. I own a copy now).
87. The Divide by Nicholas Evans
86. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokor
85. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (More required reading from back in my high school days. And more that I don’t really remember much about).
84. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
83. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (I picked this up in college because I felt like it and have read it off and on throughout the years).
82. Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury
81. The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan
80. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
79. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
78. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson
77. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (I read this once prior to high school. It was a bit different and I was reading books at unbelievable rates in those days).
76. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackerey
75. Paradise Lost by John Milton
74. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
73. Persuasion by Jane Austen
72. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
71. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
70. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
69. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
67. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (I read this back in high school when we were given the option of choosing our own books to read during one of my English class. I liked it quite a bit).
66. Watership Down by Richard Adams
65. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (I had to read this during one of my literature courses in college. I’m not entirely certain how awake I was during that class. I should probably reread it and do so without the bias that I was harboring at the time).
64. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
63. The Hobbitt by JRR Tolkien (My parents have owned a copy of this book for as long as I can remember. Not a small copy, either. I remember it from my childhood because it was so huge that it didn’t fit on any of our shelves. Thankfully, it was kept in the basement with the rest of the science fiction and fantasy, so I was able to read it at my leisure, which I did with great joy and imagination).
62. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (Another of the books I read during high school when given my own choice about what to read. And another that I enjoyed greatly).
61. Charlotte’s Web by E B White
60. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
59. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
58. Life of PI by Yann Martel
57. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
56. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
55. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
54. Pride Runs Deep by R. Cameron Cook
53. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
52. Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado
51. Dracula by Bram Stoker
50. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
49. How the West Was Won by Louis L’Amour
48. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
47. Winds of War by Herman Wouk
46. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (This was something I read during my high school days, though I can’t remember if it was required or I read it because I wanted to. I can’t remember anyone else in the class reading it, so I’m guessing it was something I picked on my own, and I actually liked it).
45. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
44. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
43. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
42. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (I read this back in January of 2011 and even have a review of it somewhere buried in here).
41. Grimm’s Fairy Tales
40. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Another of the high school required texts. Not too bad, though).
39. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
38. Middlemarch by George Eliot
37. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
36. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
35. Ulysses by James Joyce (I read this in college as one of my extra classes. And it was reading James Joyce that really made me appreciate proper punctuation).
34. Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour
33. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
32. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
31. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
30. Complete Works of Shakespeare
29. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (This was definitely college. And I was bored out of my mind while reading it. These kind of books are not really easy for me to read).
28. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
27. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
26. Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott
25. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
24. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
23. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
22. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
21. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
20. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
19. Anna Karenia by Leo Tolstoy
18. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (I read this in high school and enjoyed it hugely).
17. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
16. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (College. I can’t even describe what I went through while reading this).
15. The Fairie Queen by Edmund Spencer
14. The Odyssey by Homer (More really thorough college reading).
13. Aesop’s Fables
12. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
11. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
10. 1984 by George Orwell (Another of the many books I picked up on my own in high school. I own it and reread it again from time to time to notice how similar our world is to that which was envisioned so long ago).
09. The Shack by William Paul Young
08. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
07. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling (This is a fabulous series. I can’t say enough good things about all the books combined).
06. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
05. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (This had to have been one of my favorite series when I was growing up. I must have read and reread every book in this series more times than I can count. I still reread this series. What great books).
04. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (I first read this before I went to high school. And I have reread it multiple times since then. In fact, I think I’m due to reread it again. More key novels to my young development).
03. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Another in the long list of required high school reading).
02. The Bible – King James Version or NIV
01. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen