100 Books I’m Going to Read Before I Die

Here is my (ill?) fated list of reading to be completed in my conceivable future:

(Note: The crossed-out entries I had read before I even saw this list)

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (ticked off and reviewed here!)

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (ticked off and reviewed here!)

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible (Not planning to read)

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (ticked off and reviewed here!)

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I think I’ll make this count as Midsummer Night’s Dream as I’ve read R&J and Macbeth, & Hamlet is listed below)

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier (ticked off and reviewed here!)

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (ticked off and reviewed here!)

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (ticked off and reviewed here!)

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (ticked off and reviewed here and sequels here!)

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne (ticked off and reviewed here!)

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (ticked off and reviewed here!)

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery (ticked off and reviewed here!)

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (ticked off and reviewed here!)

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (ticked off and reviewed here!)

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (ticked off and reviewed here!)

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (ticked off and reviewed here!)

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (ticked off and reviewed here!)

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (ticked off and reviewed here!)

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker (ticked off and reviewed here!)

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Inferno – Dante (ticked off and reviewed here!)

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt (ticked off and reviewed here!)

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (ticked off and reviewed here!)

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (ticked off and reviewed here!)

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Wish me luck!


30 responses to “100 Books I’m Going to Read Before I Die

  1. OMG you will love ‘The Kite Runner!’ I see several books on your list that I too, need to get out and read! Great list!

  2. I won’t tell you unless you really, really want me to. Wait a minute, I do not want to ruin the book by telling. But I will say this: it is amazing!

  3. Can’t wait to read what you think about Catcher In The Rye. One of my favorites. And why aren’t you attempting the Bible? That means the list won’t fully be completed. Oh and don’t let the Time Traveler’s Wife movie turn you off of the book.. it’s brilliant.

    • I never watched Time Traveler’s Wife because I was turned off by the synopsis, but I think you’ve put my fears about the book to rest. As for the Bible: I’m not religious, so I figured it didn’t really count. And I’ve read the children’s version when I younger.

      I haven’t chosen my next batch of books yet (usually I go to the library and get a few to work through), but I’m having strong inclinations for Catcher to be in that batch. Stay tuned!

      – Ilona

  4. Good list, I’ve read about a quarter of these and another half are on my “meaning to read at some point” list. I’ll be interested in seeing what you think about quite a few of these.

  5. I can’t wait for you to read Shadow of the Wind. One of my all-time favorite books!

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  7. You must read ‘Cold Comfort Farm’. It’s a fantastic send-up of ‘Wuthering Heights’.

    I love Gibbon’s sense of humour. And ‘Shadow of the Wind’ is just beautiful. Borges reincarnated. Heaven is indeed a sort of library.

    • I suppose I better read Wuthering Heights first before attempting Cold Comfort Farm?
      I’ve heard such good things about Shadow of the Wind, I really, really, want to read it. Keep an eye out!

  8. I actually went looking for this haiku book on the internet after I read the Catcher in the Rye one. It’s called “Haiku U” here in the States. I gave you two suggestions for your next book: 1)The Kite Runner and 2)The Remains of the Day. Both will make you cry, a lot. But are worth it.

    • Thank you for the suggestions! I’m shamelessly looking for my next read, so I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone. Fingers crossed, you might win the Australian version of the haiku book :)

  9. It’s uncanny how many of the books on your list are on my own list. I feel like I’ve missed a lot of good literature over the years somehow and I’m trying to fill in the gaps in my education. I’m going to sign up as a follower right now.

    • Wow, thanks heaps! I decided to read off this list for a pretty similar reason – I kind of thought that a lot of literature books would be boring, so I stayed away. Now I’m trying to fill these gaps. I’m off to check out your blog, and see what you’ve read.

  10. What a great list, many of these have been on my “to do” lists over the years. I have read 44 of your list and my faves are The Great Gatsby (actually my all time favourite book), The Handmaid’s Tale (I love anything Atwood writes), Midnight’s Children and A Confederacy of Dunces (hilarious). I am considering doing Anna Karenina for Russia and Ulysses for Ireland in my own challenge – it will interesting to compare notes!

    • Wow! I bow down to your superior reading skills – at the time of starting this blog, I’d only read about 20.

      I’m actually reading Midnight’s Children as we speak, and I really, really, want to read A Confederacy of Dunces soon, but it keeps being checked out at the library. Good sign?

      • Definitely a good sign – I resisted reading it for ages as I often find that when someone has told me a book is really funny that it isn’t (don’t know what that says about me!) but this book is hilarious – I can’t wait until you read the letter he writes to a complaining customer – that is all I’ll say for now as I don’t want to spoil it for you. I am currently reading the most amazing book – Mornings in Jenin which I hope to review on my blog in a couple of days. It is so horrifying in parts that I wanted to put it down yet simply couldn’t beause the story is so compelling!

        • Humour is a tricky thing, because everyone has such a different taste for it (a lot of comedies in the movies fall really flat for me). I’m already imagining the letter… whilst drowning in a pile of TBR.

          Looking forward to your review!

  11. HI! Another 100 lister! I’m also reading a 100 list – a different list, but some of the same books- at my blog – http://100leaves.blogspot.com/

    It’s great to find someone else working on a similar challenge!

  12. Really great list! (I’m biased: it’s totally to my taste. I’ve read 32 and many of yours are on my mental want-to-read list.)
    Anyway, just wondering how you came up with this…? Just books you’ve heard about – or is it based on a survey of authors or the public or anything?

    • Actually, I found the list on another blogger’s post, but I have no clue where she got that list. There are a few different versions floating around (Time magazine, The Guardian, Penguin Classics etc), so if you Google 100 ‘Books to Read Before You Die’ I’m sure you’ll find one to your liking (I chose this one because it seemed the least boring, to be honest).

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  14. Definitely a good sign – I resisted reading it for ages as I often find that when someone has told me a book is really funny that it isn’t (don’t know what that says about me!) but this book is hilarious – I can’t wait until you read the letter he writes to a complaining customer – that is all I’ll say for now as I don’t want to spoil it for you. I am currently reading the most amazing book – Mornings in Jenin which I hope to review on my blog in a couple of days. It is so horrifying in parts that I wanted to put it down yet simply couldn’t beause the story is so compelling!

  15. surely you do need luck, i have read like only 10 books of your list!!!
    Good luck

  16. I’m so excited to have found a fellow classics literature blog!! I made up my own list of classics to read based on other lists (like the Time’s 100 best novels, or BBC’s big read). I just started so there isn’t much on my blog yet but I’d love for you to visit. :)

  17. An interesting list, similar to my own, should I ever run one up.
    Seeing as you are keen on classics, I have just one recommendation, which is to move A Tale of Two Cities higher up your list. Quite one of the best books I have ever read (and the best selling book ever, according to Wikipedia).

    Also, ever read / thought of reading Don Quixote (101 perhaps?)?

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