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100 Books Before You Die

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 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 РJohn le Carr̩
    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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4 thoughts on “100 Books Before You Die

  1. Love this list, I might just have to copy it down! Need to start reading these, I’ve only read a few. Thanks for sharing Xx

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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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