November 30, 2009

100 Books To Read Before You Die

I grabbed this from Brizmus Blogs Books. I'm not sure where this list originated but I thought it was a nice, varied list. So... I decided to re-post. :)

I'll cross out the books I've read and put in bold books on my wishlist/TBR pile.

Here goes. . .

1. Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice

2. Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird

3. JRR Tolkien – Lord Of The Rings

4. Jodi Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper

5. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga

6. JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone

7. Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife

8. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief

9. George Orwell – 1984

10. Raymond E. Feist – Magician

11. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns

12. Paullina Simons – Bronze Horsemen

13. Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram

14. Margaret Mitchell – Gone With The Wind

15. Bryce Courtenay – Power of One

16. Dan Brown – The Da Vinci Code

17. Dan Brown – Angels & Demons

18. Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

19. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

20. Tim Winton – Cloud Street

21. Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner

22. Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights

23. Arthur Golden – Memoirs of Geisha

24. LM Montgomery – Anne Of Green Gables

25. Joseph Heller – Catch-22

26. Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love

27. Niv Mass Market Bible With Bible Guide – International Bible Society Staff and International Bible Society

28. JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit

29. Yann Martel – Life of Pi

30. AB Facey – Fortunate Life

31. Douglas Adams – The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

32. Lewis Carroll – Alice In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass

33. Diana Gabaldon – Cross Stich

34. Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance

35. David Pelzar – A Child Called It

36. Li Cunxin – Mao’s Last Dancer

37. John Marsden – Tomorrow, When The War Began

38. Frank McCourt – Angela’s Ashes

39. Frank Herbert – Dune

40. JD Salinger – A Catcher In The Rye

41. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby

42. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years Of Solitude

43. Bryce Courtenay – April Fool’s Day

44. Ken Follet – Pillars Of The Earth

45. Patrick Suskind – Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer

46. Matthew Reilly – Ice Station

47. Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow Of The Wind

48. Stephen Hawking – A Brief History Of Time

49. Christopher Paolini – Eragon

50. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women

51. Mitch Albom – Tuesdays With Morrie

52. Jane Austen – Persuasion

53. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones

54. Ian McEwan – Atonement

55. Leo Tolstory – Anna Karenina

56. George Orwell – Animal Farm

57. Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange

58. Antoine de Saint ExupĂ©ry – The Little Prince

59. Roald Dahl – Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

60. CS Lewis – The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

61. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love In The Time Of Cholera

62. Bill Bryson – A Short History Of Nearly Everything

63. Fyodor Dostoevsky – Crime And Punishment

64. Anthony Bourke – Lion Called Christian

65. Arundhati Roy – The God Of Small Things

66. Paullina Simons – Tully

67. John Grisham – A Time To Kill

68. John Grogan – Marley & Me

69. Vikram Seth – A Suitable Boy

70. Alexandre Dumas – Count Of Monte Cristo

71. Neil Gaiman – American Gods

72. Cormac McCarthy – The Road

73. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

74. Brendan Shanahan – In Turkey I Am Beautiful: Between Chaos And Madness In A Strange Land

75. Tim Winton – Breath

76. Bryce Courtenay – Jessica

77. Graeme Base – Animalia

78. Donna Tartt – The Secret History

79. Mario Puzo – The Godfather

80. Anne Rice – Interview With The Vampire

81. Steig Larrson – The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo

82. Stephen King – Stand

83. Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’ Diary

84. Eckhart Tolle – New Earth

85. Matthew Reilly – Seven Ancient Wonders

86. Jung Chang – Wild Swans

87. Nicholas Sparks – The Notebook

88. Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho

89. David Eddings – Belgariad Vol. 1: Pawn Of Prophecy; Queen Of Sorcery; Magician’s Gambit

90. Louis De Bernieres – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

91. Melina Marchetta – Looking For Alibrandi

92. Celia Ahern – PS I Love You

93. John Irving – A Prayer For Owen Meany

94. Colleen McCullough – The Thorn Birds

95. John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy Of Dunces

96. Terry Pratchett – Good Omens

97. Hunter S. Thompson – Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas

98. Joanne Harris – Chocolat

99. William Goldman – Princess Bride

100. Charles Dickens – Great Expectations

Wow! I really have a long way to go! *sigh*

How did you do?


  1. Oh dear.. I've only read 28 haha

  2. I've read a whopping 12 books on this list...I guess it's a good thing I'm only 21 and have many years left to read.

  3. Hmm...must take a closer look later but a few have me scracthing my head. Dan Brown is a must read on the same list with Gone with the Wind?

  4. 20! I have read 20!

    That's not so good, is it?

  5. Nice list!

    Good luck with number 7. I didn't dig it.

    I remember loving Chocolat.

  6. Jeanette--
    Not bad at all! :)

    Hopefully the good 19! :) Personally, there are books on this list that I'll probably never pick up, much less try to get them into my reading pile before I kick the proverbial bucket.

    I've read some really good books that aren't on this list. Why aren't they on this list?! Anyway, I always think it's fun to post these. :)

    LOL.. I know what you mean. I was wondering who considered some of these books as books-to-read-in-your-lifetime. I think "I Am The Messenger" by Markus Zusak should be on here. Maybe "This Present Darkness" by Frank Peretti? :)
    Well, they're on my personal list, at least.

    That's very good! *high five*

    Thanks for the recommendation! I'll add that one to my WL in place of The Time Travelers Wife. Maybe I'll pick up the latter at the library some time.

  7. My guess is the list originated in Europe somewhere as the Diana Gabaldon book "Cross Stitch" is actually "Outlander" the first in the series. I love this list! I'm going to do the same on my blog this week, while I catch up on some reading to actually post reviews. Yikes!

  8. Ooh, nice! I might steal this, haha. I didn't do very well at all, only read about 20 or so. I need to read a lot of those books still! But maybe if I post about it I'll finally get around to reading some of them :)

  9. Love this! I'm going to post it out on my blog as well!

  10. You should add memoirs of a Geisha to your TBR list. It was EXCELLENT!

  11. I've read a bunch of these, yes! And Jessica I have an award for you over at my blog...great list, thank you for reposting it!

  12. I've read some books in the list but yeah, I still have a long way to go too! :)

  13. Great list! Some I would take off and some I would put four stars next to! Glad you have Time Traveler's Wife and Girl with Dragon Tattoo on your list to read. TTW is m absolute favorite book of all time. I never reread books and I have read it many times...and balled every time. Great story. Dragon Tattoo is weird at the beginning, at least it was for me with all the business talk, but it's definitely a good read once you get into it. You'll have to repost this in a year and reassess! ;)

  14. Lisa--
    Good point! I completely forgot that Cross Stitch is another name for Outlander. I've read that one. ;)
    Can't wait to see how you do when you re-post. :)

    LOL... I'm hoping the same will happen to me. :)
    I'll be there to see your list when you re-post.

    Feel free to do so! :)

    Cleverly Inked--
    You know what... Come to think of it, I actually have a copy of Memoirs of a Geisha - .25 cents at a book sale. :)
    I haven't had a chance to read it, and I actually forgot that I had a copy until now. You're right - I really need to get to it. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

    Thanks! I'll be right over. :)

  15. Josette--
    I'm glad I'm not the only one. lol
    I think I may have to pick up at least 1 book from this list every month and see how I fare next year. ;)

    Mrs. Vincent--
    I was wondering about Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I peeked at a copy at the Community Center library recently and it didn't hook me so I vowed to get back to it sometime. I have lots of books to read right now, but it doesn't stop me from checking to see what new (to the library) books made it to the shelves there.
    I've heard such good things about GWTDT, I look forward to grabbing a copy. And, yes, I think a re-assessment is in order. :)

  16. oh, i love these lists! and you've read quite a lot of them already!
    I've only read seven books of this list so far, but I'm German - so I don't bother about that ;-)

  17. I have read many of these. I need to get to the rest ASAP. Great list.

  18. This is a great list! I have a long way to go too. I agree, this is a very nice varied list! I have saved it and may post on my blog later! :)

  19. I had this list on my blog few days ago, and I have a long way to go to finish it :)But I'm excited about it-it's a great list!

  20. I've seen a couple people with this list on their blog. I'll probably post it on might soon as well. :) Is it bad that there are books on this list that I've never even heard of?

  21. Love to see posts with lists like this. I've read about 40!! Still a long way to go though. Just found your blog and looking forward to reading more. Sad we missed out on the contest!

  22. I've only read 7 of these books and I'd say there were maybe 10 on the list I am interested in reading that I haven't already read...My horizons must need to be bordened....

  23. This is an interesting list of books, quite eclectic. There are some wonderful books on this list and, unfortunatelt, in my opinion, a few I would put on a list of books not to waste one's time on such as Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" or even worse, "Angels & Demons".
    And Jodi Picoult's book "My Sister's Keeper" I would not put on the same list as The terrifc "Crima & Punishment" and "PS I Love You" by Celia Ahern's is a fun, light book but it isn't of the caliber of "Owen Meany" or Gabriel Garcia Marquez' books, in my opinion. What a very interesting list!
    But, for the most part, I think it's great that people of all interests and tatstes read!

  24. My all-time favorite books, Memoirs of a Geisha and Thorn Birds, are on there! I've only read 15 of these, though.

  25. I have read 13 recently but there are some I know I read in school like To Kill a Mockingbird and some like Little Women and The Hobbit that I've read many many years ago that I want to read again to refresh my brain to but I think its a good varied list that should appeal to lots of different people. So far the only one I've had trounle getting in to is 1984. Its just a weird beginning.

  26. You have posted a very interesting article. Keep it up!

    Good Books To Read.