Amazon’s 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime

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So, by now you’ve probably all realised that I am a massive fan of DarqueDreamerReads & this post is yet another one that has been inspired by a post I’ve seen on her blog… the post I original saw was a tag that was made up of the list provided by the American Amazon website, as I’m in the UK I’m going to do my post on the list – in about a year’s time I’m going to go back to the list to see if how many more I’ve read!

Title Author Own Read
Lord of The Flies William Golding      ✅     ❌
To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee      ❌     ❌
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Michael Rosen      ❌     ❌
The Tiger Who Came To Tea Judith Kerr      ❌     ❌
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas John Boyne      ✅     ❌
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald      ✅      ✅
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro      ❌      ❌
A Brief History of Time: From Big Bang to Black Holes Stephen Hawking      ❌      ❌
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick      ❌      ❌
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks      ❌      ❌
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner      ❌      ❌
Frankenstein Mary Shelley      ✅      ✅
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte      ❌      ❌
Great Expectations Charles Dickens      ❌      ❌
Catch 22 Joseph Heller      ❌      ❌
The Secret History Donna Tartt      ❌       ❌
The Stand Stephen King      ❌       ❌
The Old Man & the Sea Ernest Hemingway      ❌       ❌
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov      ❌       ❌
In Cold Blood; A True Account of a Multiple Murder & Its Consequences Truman Capote      ❌      ❌
Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami      ❌      ❌
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter      ✅      ✅
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez      ❌      ❌
The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett      ❌      ❌
The Road Cormac McCarthy      ❌      ❌
Atonement Ian McEwan      ❌      ❌
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier      ❌      ❌
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry      ❌      ❌
Crime & Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky      ❌      ❌
Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela      ❌      ❌
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ Sue Townsend      ❌      ❌
Bad Science Ben Goldacre      ❌      ❌
White Teeth Zadie Smith      ❌      ❌
The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes      ❌      ❌
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thomspon      ❌      ❌
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China Jung Chang      ✅      ❌
The Picture of Dorian Grey Oscar Wilde      ❌      ❌
The Book Thief Markus Zusak      ✅      ✅
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque      ❌      ❌
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis      ❌      ❌
Trainspotting Irvine Welsh      ❌      ❌
To The Lighthouse Virginia Woolf      ❌      ❌
London: The Biography Peter Ackroyd      ❌      ❌
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks      ❌      ❌
Noughts & Crosses Malorie Blackman      ❌      ❌
Brighton Rock Graham Greene      ❌      ❌
A History of the World in 100 Objects Neil MacGregor      ❌      ❌
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer      ❌      ❌
I Capture The Castle Dodie Smith      ❌      ❌
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder Evelyn Waugh      ❌      ❌
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance Edmund De Waal      ❌      ❌
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell      ❌      ❌
Cider With Rosie Laurie Lee      ❌      ❌
Pride & Prejudice Jane Austen      ✅      ✅
Casino Royale (James Bond 007) Ian Fleming      ❌      ❌
Knots & Crosses (A Rebus Novel) Ian Rankin      ❌      ❌
Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy      ❌      ❌
The Story of Tracey Beaker Jacqueline Wilson      ✅      ✅
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje      ❌      
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift      ❌      ❌
American Gods Neil Gaiman      ❌      ❌
Venice Jan Morris      ❌      ❌
The Hound of the Baskerville & The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle      ❌      ❌
Schindler’s Ark Thomas Keneally      ❌      ❌
London Fields Martin Amis      ❌      ❌
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck      ❌      ❌
The Mill on the Floss George Eliot      ❌      ❌
Last Orders Graham Swift      ❌      ❌
The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins      ❌      ❌
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson      ❌      ❌
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams      ❌      ❌
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl      ✅      ✅
Little Women Louisa May Alcott      ❌      ❌
Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie      ❌      ❌
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood      ✅      ✅
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John le Carre      ❌      ❌
The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson      ❌      ❌
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson      ❌      ❌
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie      ❌      ❌
Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson      ❌      ❌
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank      ✅      ❌
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver      ❌      ❌
High Fidelity Nick Hornby      ❌      ❌
The Time Machine H. G. Wells      ❌      ❌
Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone J. K. Rowling      ✅      ✅
The Fellowship of the Ring: The Lord of the Rings Part 1 J. R. R. Tolkien     ❌      ❌
Watership Down Richard Adams      ❌      ❌
Dissolution (The Shardlake series) C. J. Sansom      ❌      ❌
Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding      ❌      ✅
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire book 1) George R. R. Martin      ✅      ✅
Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian      ✅      ❌
Alex Rider 1: Storm Breaker Anthony Horowitz      ❌      ❌
Birdsong Sebastian Faulks      ❌      ❌
My Man Jeeves P. H. Wodehouse      ❌      ❌
Watchmen Alan Moore      ❌      ❌
The Enchanted Wood (The Magic Faraway Tree) Enid Blyton      ✅      ✅
The Commitments Roddy Doyle      ❌      ❌
Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne      ✅      ✅
The Worst Witch Jill Murphy      ❌      ✅
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini      ❌       ❌

Owned: 17/100
Read: 14/100

So… that’s pretty bad – even if I do say so myself! In a year’s time I’m going to check back to this list to see how many more of these books I’ve bought & read; hopefully it’ll be a decent amount. I must admit though, there are a lot of books on the list that I’ve never actually heard of – although I do know some of the authors, even if I don’t know the titles. The first book in my favourite childhood series is on here though – The Enchanted Wood (The Magic Faraway Tree) by Enid Blyton – & there are a number of books that I plan to buy/read as well e.g. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (the film was my boyfriend’s favourite childhood film). What about you? How many have you read?

You can find the American list here & the British list here.


6 thoughts on “Amazon’s 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime

    • Oh my goodness, that’s so good! And I know, I was really impressed that so many of the books aren’t old “classics” & that there’s a lot of variation among the authors too.


  1. My favorite books on this that you haven’t read are The Picture of Dorian Gray (magnificent), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (kickass), and My Man Jeeves (I love British situational humor). So, there’s an excuse to get 3 more books! 😉
    ~Litha Nelle

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