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Reading Bucket List

I’m always on the lookout for good books to read, and I recent stumbled upon a pin on Pinterest that referenced a “reading bucket list.” The original list was found on Amazon and showcases what the Amazon editors see as the 100 books you should read in your lifetime. You can check out the full list HERE. While that list is great – there was another list linked to that where the members of Goodreads (If you are an avid reader and aren’t on goodreads, you really should be) voted on what they think are must read books.  I decided to take look at those books instead…and see which I’ve read and which ones I need to start reading.  I’m hoping this list (and the original) will help me focus more on reading some of the classics!

What about you? How many of these 100 books have you read and are there any that should have made the cut?

(* denotes books I’ve read)

  1. *To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. *Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. *Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. *Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  6. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. *The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. *Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  9. *Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  10. *The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. *Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  13. *Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  14. *Animal Farm by George Orwell
  15. *The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  16. *The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  17. *The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  18. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  19. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  20. *The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  21. *The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  22. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  23. The Kite RUnner by Khaled Hosseini
  24. *Night by Elie Wiesel
  25. *Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  26. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  27. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  28. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  29. *A Christmas Carol by Charles DIckens
  30. *Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  31. *The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  32. *Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  33. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  34. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  35. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  36. *Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  37. *Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  38. *The Giver by Lois Lowry
  39. *Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  40. *Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  41. *The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  42. *Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  43. *Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  44. The Holy Bible (goal of mine to do read in its entirety some day)
  45. *The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  46. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  47. *The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  48. *The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  49. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  50. *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  51. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  52. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  53. The Stand by Stephen King
  54. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  55. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  56. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  57. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  58. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  59. *Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  60. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  61. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  62. *Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  63. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  64. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  65. *The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  66. *Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  67. *Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  68. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  69. Les MIserables by Victor Hugo
  70. *The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  71. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  72. *Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  73. *Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  74. *Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  75. *The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  76. *The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  77. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  78. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  79. *The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  80. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  81. *The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  82. The Odyssey by Homer
  83. Celebrating Silence by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  84. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  85. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  86. *The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  87. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  88. *The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  89. *Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  90. *The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  91. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  92. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  93. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  94. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  95. *Beloved by Toni Morrison
  96. Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  97. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  98. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  99. *Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  100. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Surprisingly I’ve read over half of the books (52), but I have a long ways to go. For years my sister has tried to get me to read “The Odyssey” so I think I’ll pick that ones as the first one to read from this list…stay tuned for book reviews from not only this Bucket List but many more that didn’t make the cut.

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5 responses

  1. Dee Schwinn

    I have read all but 16…not bad. If not for some book clubs I would not have read some of these. Getting a masters in English did not hurt either! Are they in some kind of order?

    March 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

  2. Dee Schwinn

    Jane Eyre better follow the Odyssey!

    March 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm

  3. Dee Schwinn

    no Faulkner books…surprised.

    March 16, 2014 at 2:39 pm

  4. Sara

    Hey, my students could say that they were supposed to read a lot of these, and they heard a nice lady talk about them. Does that count?

    March 16, 2014 at 4:13 pm

  5. Sara

    You’ve never read Jane Eyre? The robots are awesome in that one!!!

    March 16, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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