‘100 Books to Read in a Lifetime’: The List

I do not base my reading upon lists for the most part, but I stumbled across the following list – entitled ‘100 Books to Read in a Lifetime’ – whilst browsing Amazon for a list of new book releases.  As something a little different, I thought I would type out the list and then highlight those books from it which I have read thus far.  I have also added a corresponding star rating.

  1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter *****
  2. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson *****
  3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen *****
  4. The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr *****
  5. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne *****
  6. The Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton *****
  7. The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy *****
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl *****
  9. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson *****
  10. Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian *****
  11. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling *****
  13. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer **
  14. Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz
  15. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
  16. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith *****
  17. Lord of the Flies – William Golding *****
  18. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne *****
  19. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 – Sue Townsend ****
  20. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank *****
  21. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott ****
  22. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee *****
  23. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  24. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck *****
  25. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald *****
  26. The Hound of the Baskervilles  – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ****
  27. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy ****
  28. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley *****
  29. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen *****
  30. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde *****
  31. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – Oliver Sachs
  32. The Hare with Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal ****
  33. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  34. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – John le Carre
  35. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  36. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie **
  37. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson ****
  38. The Commitments – Roddy Doyle
  39. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally **
  40. Knots and Crosses – Ian Rankin
  41. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  42. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte ****
  43. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens ***
  44. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot ****
  45. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  46. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien *****
  47. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood ***
  49. The Stand – Stephen King
  50. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells **
  51. The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett *
  52. Watchmen – Alan Moore
  53. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams ***
  54. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
  55. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
  56. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini *****
  57. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  58. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby ****
  59. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding ****
  60. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak *****
  61. White Teeth – Zadie Smith **
  62. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  63. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
  64. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje *
  65. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  66. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  67. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver ****
  68. The Secret History – Donna Tartt ****
  69. Never Let Me Go – Kazoo Ishiguro ****
  70. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks ****
  71. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson *
  72. Last Orders – Graham Swift
  73. The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes ****
  74. Dissolution – C.J. Sansom
  75. London Fields – Martin Amis
  76. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson ****
  77. 1984 – George Orwell ****
  78. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  79. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote *****
  80. Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee ****
  81. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov ***
  82. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
  83. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway ****
  84. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh ****
  85. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  86. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier *****
  87. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
  88. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque *****
  89. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf *****
  90. My Man Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
  91. Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt
  92. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
  93. Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
  94. Wild Swans – Jung Chang ****
  95. London – Peter Ackroyd
  96. Venice – Jan Morris
  97. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
  98. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
  99. A History of the World in 100 Objects – Neil Macgregor
  100. Bad Science – Ben Goldacre

Which books from the list have you read, and which are your favourites?  How do you think this list – compiled by Amazon and Goodreads users – compares to others?

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11 thoughts on “‘100 Books to Read in a Lifetime’: The List

  1. No Hemingway? I wouldn’t rate American Psycho or Birdsong enough to be in the list either. I suppose like all lists it is meant to provoke debate. Of the ones you haven’t read I really recommend Catch 22, Norwegian Wood and One Hundred Years of Solitude. The Wasp Factory is dark and twisted but it really is a sensational book. You did not like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at all haha.

  2. You should read Norwegian Wood Kirsty. I think you’ll love it. There are so many lists like this. I didn’t count but I haven’t read many of these. Will fix that soon 😀

    • You know, I actually have read that; no idea how I missed it! It’s very enjoyable. Have you read ‘Sputnik Sweetheart’? That’s my favourite Murakami to date. Excellent; happy reading, my dear!

  3. Interesting list. I have read 26 of these books. In the past I used the ‘100 Books to Read Before You Die’ list that I found on the BBC website. Helped me to list some classics I really wanted to read.

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