100 Books Before You Die

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Well, with yesterday being National Book Lovers Day, I decided to browse online shops for some new books for my shelf/drawer. I tend to always start my researching what’s popular at the minute and so an article on amazon.co.uk caught my attention. 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime sounded interesting, and so I decided to have a look and see how many of them I had read. How many have you read?

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  2. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  3. The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
  4. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  5. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen
  6. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  7. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
  9. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – Oliver Sacks
  10. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  11. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  12. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  13. Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  14. Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman
  15. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  16. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  17. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  18. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
  19. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  20. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller and Howard Jacobson
  21. Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  23. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  24. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  25. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  27. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  28. Bad Science – Ben Goldacte
  29. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 – Sue Townsend
  30. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  31. The Stand – Stephen King
  32. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
  33. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Maarquez and Gregory Rabassa
  34. The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
  35. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  36. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
  37. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  38. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  39. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  40. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  41. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  42. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  43. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  44. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
  45. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  46. A History of the World in 100 Objects – Neil MacGregor
  47. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China – Jung Chang
  48. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John le Carré
  49. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  50. The Hare With Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
  51. The Sense of an Ending – Julain Barnes
  52. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  53. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  54. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  55. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
  56. Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee MBE
  57. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  58. London: The Biography – Peter Ackroyd
  59. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  60. Long Walk To Freedom – Nelson Mandela
  61. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
  62. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – J R R Tolkien
  63. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  64. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
  65. Knots and Crosses – Ian Rankin
  66. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
  67. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  68. Venice – Jan Morris
  69. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathon Swift
  70. Last Orders – Graham Swift
  71. London Fields – Martin Amis
  72. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
  73. The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear – Arthur Conan Doyle
  74. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  75. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
  76. The Mill On The Floss – George Eliot
  77. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  78. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  79. The Commitments – Roffy Doyle
  80. A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin
  81. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  82. Dissolution – C. J. Sansom
  83. The Time Machine – H. G. Wells
  84. Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne
  85. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  86. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  87. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  88. Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz
  89. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  90. The Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton
  91. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  92. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  93. My Man Jeeves – P. G. Wodehouse
  94. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
  95. Watchmen – Dave Gibbons
  96. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  97. Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian
  98. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  99. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
  100. The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy

So there you have it! I’ve read 24. That’s not too bad really, how about you?


Ktkinnes xx


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3 thoughts on “100 Books Before You Die

  1. beautifuldays2016

    As a bookworm myself, I absolutely love this! I’ve read 16 of those books but a lot of them I have and haven’t got round to reading them yet lol I’m on a reading challenge now so I’ll add these to next years challenge x

  2. ktkinnes

    Wow actually 16 books from the list is pretty damn impressive! I’ve now decided I want to be able to tick off at least one a year over the next few years. Are you on goodreads? I’d love to be able to add you as a friend on it! xx

  3. beautifuldays2016

    Yes I am on goodreads but I don’t use it much these days, feel free to add me on it though, I’ll have to work out how to do that lol definitely not technically minded xx

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