2.12.2015

100 Books You Must Read Before You Die


God knows I love a good book. Bring me anywhere that seems like a very horrible situation: DMV, Doctor/Dentist Office, Disneyland (waiting for lines), Urgent Care (my wait last time was 4 hours) and I will be thoroughly entertained with my book/kindle.

I used to read quite often: 2-5 days depending on the length and language of the book and now It takes me about 3 weeks to a month to finish one. I know, I'm horrible. Reading is just something I've always loved to do. Many people find escape with many things and Reading does that for me. I'm a big fan of very old novels (1800's) such as Pride & Prejudice, Three Musketeer's, Tale of Two Cities etc. I sat through Gone with the Wind (all 1,200+ pages of it), loved every second of Count of Monte Cristo and Jane Eyre will always be my favorite book of all time.

There are a lot of lists circulating around and I think it's time I make a bucket list of reading everything that's on here. Obviously this is subjective, many people may or may not agree...but I think it'll be fun crossing books off! Who wants to join me?

100 Books You Must Read Before You Die
  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  6. The Bible
  7.  Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8.  Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
  9.  His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  10.  Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  11.  Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  12.  Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  13.  Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  14.  Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15.  Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  16.  The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  17.  Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
  18. Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  19.  Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  20.  The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  21.  Middlemarch – George Eliot
  22.  Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  23.  The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  24.  War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  25. Flowers For Algernon - Daniel Keyes
  26.  The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  27.  Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28.  Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  29.  Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
  30.  The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  31.  Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  32.  David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  33.  Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  34.  Emma -Jane Austen
  35.  Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36.  The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  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 – A.A. Milne
  41.  Animal Farm – George Orwell
  42.  The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  43.  One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44.  A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  45.  The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  46.  Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  47.  Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  48.  The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  49.  Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  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
  55.  A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  56.  The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57.  A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  58.  Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  59.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  60.  Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61.  Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  62.  Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  63.  The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  64.  The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  65.  Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  66.  On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  67.  Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  68.  Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  69.  Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  70.  Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  71.  Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  72.  Dracula – Bram Stoker
  73.  The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  74.  Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  75.  Ulysses – James Joyce
  76.  The Inferno – Dante
  77.  Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  78.  Germinal – Emile Zola
  79.  Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  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
  85.  Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  86.  A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  87.  Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
  88.  The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  89.  Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  90.  The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  91.  Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  92.  The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (In French)
  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 – Alexandre Dumas
  98.  Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  100.  Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
eeeeeeeeeep, only 33. I guess I've gotta get cracking! Any suggestions on what to read next? I'm thinking Madame Bovary.
 
Until Next Time!

Note: If you're wondering what book I'm reading right now it is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

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