100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

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100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

Do you have a Reading Bucket List?

The Amazon Book Editors have created a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime that might help you create one.

It is quite a list with books to cover all stages in life.  There are children’s books like Charlotte’s Web, The Very Hungry Caterpillar… older kids with Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter and more.  The classics like The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, On the Road, 1984, Diary of Anne Frank… I could go on and on, but you can check them all out below!

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Are you favorites on the list?

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking
  3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  4. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
  5. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition by Lemony Snicket
  6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  7. Alice Munro: Selected Stories by Alice Munro
  8. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  9. All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
  10. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  11. Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  12. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  13. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  14. Born To Run – A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  15. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  17. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  18. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  19. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
  20. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
  21. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney
  22. Dune by Frank Herbert
  23. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  24. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
  25. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  26. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  28. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
  29. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  30. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  31. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  32. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  33. Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
  34. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  35. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  36. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  37. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  38. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  39. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  40. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  41. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  42. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  43. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  44. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  45. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  46. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  47. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  48. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  49. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  50. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  51. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  52. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  53. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  54. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  55. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  56. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  57. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  58. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  59. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  60. The Color of Water by James McBride
  61. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  63. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  64. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  65. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  66. The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  67. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  68. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  69. The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
  70. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  71. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  72. The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
  73. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  74. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  75. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  76. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
  77. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  78. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  79. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  80. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  81. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  82. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
  83. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  84. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  85. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  86. The Shining by Stephen King
  87. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  88. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  89. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  90. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  91. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  92. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
  93. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  94. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  95. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  96. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  97. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  98. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  99. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  100. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

 So how many have you read?

Be sure to check out the Top Books of 2013 and the Best new Children’s Books of 2013 for more recent titles.


  1. Tjwanna Torgerson says:

    I’m disappointed that The Holy Bible wasn’t included in your “Bucket List”.

    • I was just about to say the same thing.

      • Polly Ward says:

        The Bible should be #1!! I’m reading through it now.

        • Nope never ever going to read that. Not all people are believers in God. It’s not a book in the sense of a reading book. So i don’t think it belongs on this list.

          • I agree with you Carina. Its not a ‘reading’ book. I would never read it.

          • The bible is actually a great read. I am not religious, but I’ve read a nice portion so far and it is just as good as any other best seller. Besides it is the #1 best seller in the world.

    • If that is the train of thought then the Torah and Qur’an should also be included.

      • @beth, exactly! Not everyone reads the Bible or is religious in the same way! I am not a strictly “religious” person, I don’t read the bible or believe in Jesus as a biblical figure but I believe in a higher power that looks over us.

    • Beatriz says:

      The Bible is not a piece of literatura

      • If you read the Bible with Literature in mind, then you will note that nearly every recognized form of literature and literary devices are used there to communicate the reality of human nature and spiritual realms.

  2. 43 – My name is Memory – Ann Braeshares is amazing. The Night Circus – Erin MOrgenstern is magical. The Cloud Sketcher – Richard Reyner is one of the best books I’ve read. The Eight – Katherine Neville is the cleverest book I have found and totally engrossing……I love your list though. It was like visiting old friends,

  3. Claudia says:

    A great one to add would be The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

  4. Sam Tulley says:

    This is a crappy list, I mean honestly, silly fad books like Fault in Our Stars made it on the list and a lot of classics didn’t. The only good thing about this list is that Twilight didn’t find a way on to it, which surprises me considering the rest of the content. Oh another good thing is that none of the religion books made it either.

    • You are so rude,people actually enjoy young adult books and just because the classics didn’t make it ,doesn’t mean this list is crappy.

      • Totally!
        And this is just a list of books that she thinks that are OK or she really liked and she wanted to share them with us. And maybe the classics aren’t there because she hasn’t read them, so there’s no need to be like that.

  5. Meg Emery says:

    I find your list enlighting. With a masters in English with a minor in criticim, I should have read all of them. I now have a new read list. Thanks.

  6. Great list! I love the balance between modern and classic. I’ve read the bible; I’m glad it’s not on the list. The best thing about this list is not to take it so literal. They are just suggestions and a great reminder of books we can add to our repetiore.

  7. The Hunger Games is my favorite

  8. Lynda Sleeter says:

    His name is Stephen Hawking, not Hawkings. :(

  9. The Color Purple–a wonderful book and a great movie too. Also for children, The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth. It won the first Newbery Medal Award, I believe and it’s lost none of it’s wonderful appeal. I love many of your selections!

  10. I love this list and the variety of modern work and the classic. My personal favorites are Harry Potter and the hunger games

  11. Rosella Alm-Ahearn says:

    Each of us has their own list of beloved book friends, if they love reading for pleasure at all. Being old, my list includes writers that are of the last and preceding century. I have not discovered any new, (21st century) writer that has so far captured my love and attention.

    And of course, cats can go everywhere, which includes heaven.

  12. Morgaine Swann says:

    It’s a list of wildly different subjects. I was surprised that it included nonfiction books and children’s books as well as classics. I might not agree with every choice but it’s going to help me create my own reading list for the summer. I’m going back to read classics that I didn’t get covered in school.

    I don’t think the scripture of any religion belongs on a list like this. It’s simply not comparable to modern literature.

  13. what about Percy Jackson and the Olympians? or the followup series, The Lost Hero? or The Fire Within? Or Eragon? or Maximum Ride?

  14. Shivangi says:

    I believe, Fountainhead by Ayn Rand deserves a place in this list too.


  16. I agree. That was my favourite book when I was young. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, really? If you can only read 100 books in your lifetime, Diary of a Wimpy Kid shouldn’t be one. That should be replaced with Animal Farm.

  17. When I read the list I thought the exact same thing! I read that book (yes I did) and I hated it! And it’s the 21.WTF


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