100 Books to Read Before you Die

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


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