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I recently combined a few lists of top 100 books that everyone should read, and came up with my list of the 150 books.  One list I used had many classics and the second list I used had a few more recent titles.  I figured by combining the two, I was more likely to read more of them, since I can only read so many older books at a time. 

I know for sure that I have read 27 of these books, though I suspect I have read others, but can’t remember.  Which is fine, I don’t mind re-reading. 

Anyway I thought I would share my list here for anyone that wants to try their hand at reading them.  My plan is to pick one book from the list and then one book found elsewhere and so on until I am done.  I am currently reading Pride and Prejudice.  (Though I can tell I have already read it now that I am into it.  I don't remember if I finished it though, so I am re-reading it anyway.)

I’d love to hear how many you have read off this list!

Cheers!
Rachel


1 HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (J.K. Rowling)
2 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Jane Austen)
3 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
4 1984 (George Orwell)
5 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
6 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Harper Lee)
7 TWILIGHT (Stephenie Meyer)
8 Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
9 Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
10 Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
11 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
12 THE CATCHER IN THE RYE (J.D. Salinger)
13 THE DA VINCI CODE (Dan Brown)
14 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
15 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
16 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (J.K. Rowling)
17 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
18 ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
19 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
20 ANGELS & DEMONS (Dan Brown)
21 MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (Arthur Golden)
22 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
23 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
24 HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (J.K. Rowling)
25 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
26 ATONEMENT (Ian McEwan)
27 THE ULTIMATE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (Douglas Adams)
28 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
29 HIGH FIDELITY (Nick Hornby)
30 Middlemarch - George Eliot
31 CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, THE (Mark Haddon)
32 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
33 ON THE ROAD (Jack Kerouac)
34 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
35 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
36 THE ALCHEMIST (Paulo Coelho)
37 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
38 MY TAKE (Gary Barlow)
39 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
40 LORD OF THE FLIES (William Golding)
41 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
42 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Anthony Burgess)
43 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
44 ECLIPSE (Stephenie Meyer)
45 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
46 Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
47 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
48 PERSUASION (Jane Austen)
49 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
50 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
51 TRAINSPOTTING (Irvine Welsh)
52 The Magician's Nephew - CS Lewis
53 The Lion, The With, and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
54 The Horse and His Boy - CS Lewis
55 Prince Caspian - CS Lewis
56 The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader' - CS Lewis
57 The Silver Chair - CS Lewis
58 The Last Battle - CS Lewis
59 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (J.K. Rowling)
60 Emma - Jane Austen
61 THE OUTSIDER (Albert Camus)
62 LOLITA (Vladimir Nabokov)
63 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
64 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
65 THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (Mikhail Bulgakov)
66 BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY (Helen Fielding)
67 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
68 Animal Farm - George Orwell
69 BREAKING DAWN (Stephenie Meyer)
70 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
71 BRAVE NEW WORLD (Aldous Huxley)
72 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
73 OF MICE & MEN (John Steinbeck)
74 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
75 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
76 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
77 PS, I LOVE YOU (Cecelia Ahern)
78 YES MAN (Danny Wallace)
79 HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (J.K. Rowling)
80 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
81 THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING: A NOVEL (Milan Kundera)
82 Dune - Frank Herbert
83 THE BELL JAR: A NOVEL (Sylvia Plath)
84 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
85 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
86 THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Oscar Wilde)
87 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
88 THE WASP FACTORY: A NOVEL (Iain Banks)
89 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
90 MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN (Salman Rushdie)
91 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
92 FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (Hunter S. Thompson)
93 THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (Stephen Chbosky)
94 THE BOOK THIEF (Markus Zusak)
95 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
96 THE ROAD (Cormac McCarthy)
97 THE GOD DELUSION (Richard Dawkins)
98 FIGHT CLUB: A NOVEL (Chuck Palahniuk)
99 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
100 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
101 A LONG WAY DOWN (Nick Hornby)
102 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
103 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (Ken Kesey)
104 THE BEACH (Alex Garland)
105 NEW MOON (Stephenie Meyer)
106 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
107 OLD MAN AND THE SEA (Ernest Hemingway)
108 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
109 Dracula - Bram Stoker
110 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
111 WATCHMEN (Alan Moore)
112 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
113 MY SISTER'S KEEPER: A NOVEL (Jodi Picoult)
114 Ulysses - James Joyce
115 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (J.K. Rowling)
116 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
117 MY BOOKY WOOK (Russell Brand)
118 Germinal - Emile Zola
119 A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (James Frey)
120 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
121 Possession - AS Byatt
122 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
123 THE GODFATHER (Mario Puzo)
124 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
125 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
126 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
127 THE GIVER (Lois Lowry)
128 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
129 WATERSHIP DOWN: A NOVEL (Richard Adams)
130 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
131 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
132 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn
133 THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE: A NOVEL (Haruki Murakami)
134 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
135 CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? (Sophie Kinsella)
136 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
137 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
138 HOLES (Louis Sachar)
139 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
140 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
141 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
142 CHOKE (Chuck Palahniuk)
143 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
144 THE HOST: A NOVEL (Stephenie Meyer)
145 KAFKA ON THE SHORE (Haruki Murakami)
146 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
147 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
148 SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE (Kurt Vonnegut)
149 JURASSIC PARK (Michael Crichton)
150 I AM AMERICA (Stephen Colbert)
 

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I can't believe you included...

I can't believe you left out...

There.  It is started.
 

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Zeronewbury said:
I can't believe you included...

I can't believe you left out...

There. It is started.
Oh I knew that would come, but my only defense is this... THESE ARE NOT MY LISTS! LOL I found them online and there are about 200 such lists out there, I just picked 2 and combined them. It is my hope that everyone will understand that and take the list for what it is and play nice. :) :)

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I have read 38 books on the list, plus there are 2 that I started but didn't finish, one of them quite recently (Dorian Gray) and one a long time ago (Swallows and Amazons). So, about 25%.

Many of the books I've opted not to read, because I'm not interested. A few of them I own and haven't gotten around to reading and now with the Kindle, I probably will never go back to the paper version.

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I've read 38 of the books you've listed. The classics are definitely belong on any list of books to read. However, the more recent books probably won't stand the test of time -- Can you Keep a Secret? and Angel and Demons and the Stephanie Meyer's novels (except for Twilight, just for the cultural significance it has right now) stick out like sore thumbs on your list.

I keep a list of all the "great" books I want to read. (Instead of keeping a list of things to do before I die, I keep a list of books I want to read before I die.) I just finished A Room with a View, which was on my list. Here's my list of books I want to read (for comparison purposes):

A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
A Passage to India - EM Forster
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
Crime and Punishment - Gyodor Dostoebsky
Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Howards End - EM Forster
Kim - Rudyard Kipling
Lady Chatterley's Lover - DH Lawrence
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis
Lolita - Vladimir Nobokov
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez
Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
Middlemarch - George Eliot
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Mrs. Dalloway - Virgina Woolf
On Chesil Beach -Ian McEwan
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
Out of Africa - Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
Persuasion - Jane Austen
Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Sophie's Choice - William Styron
Tes of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
The Bluest Eyes - Toni Morrison
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
The House of Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
Ulysses - James Joyce
Vanity Fair - William Thackeray
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
 

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its like a pat on the back when you realize you have read over half of a top "150" list. The ones I have read i still have interest in reading again. I then think I should read the ones I have not come across yet as they are on the same list of the ones I like? a little of my convoluted logic. good list

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Michael Scott's The Alchemyst and The Magician. If you don't read series until they are all written wait until May for The Sorceress. the first two were a fun magical good against evil story with some real history and description with a lot of imagination mixed in.
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I've read 56 of your list, and there are about 15 more that are on my list (and patiently waiting on my Kindle). 

I love these favorite book lists because I usually find some titles that I don't have on my "To Read List" and I end up reading and enjoying them.

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27 read
another 14 cued up on my Kindle to be read
7 I've never even heard of
12 I don't want to ever read.

I think Dante's Inferno and the bible should be on the list. I am not Christian myself, but there are so many references in modern literature to the bible as well as it's cultural significance in general. Not that anyone cares what a heathen like me thinks! ;)
 

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Interesting list!  I've read 61, and started a few others.  (Those Harry Potter titles really helped my count there!)  I think I'll email the list to my Kindle so the next time I'm looking at Feedbooks I can look for a few more to add to that ever-growing TBR list!

N :)

P.S.  I think we should start our own KB Must-Read list!
 

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I've read 43, but didn't count the unenjoyed, forced high school reads.  I think I've discovered I like good trash better than littrachure
 

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Sparkplug said:
I've read 38 of the books you've listed. The classics are definitely belong on any list of books to read. However, the more recent books probably won't stand the test of time -- Can you Keep a Secret? and Angel and Demons and the Stephanie Meyer's novels (except for Twilight, just for the cultural significance it has right now) stick out like sore thumbs on your list.

I keep a list of all the "great" books I want to read. (Instead of keeping a list of things to do before I die, I keep a list of books I want to read before I die.) I just finished A Room with a View, which was on my list. Here's my list of books I want to read (for comparison purposes):
These are great books!! I will have to check them out, I totally agree that some of the newer books won't stand the test of time to be part of a Top 100 of all time, but that's why I chose to combine 2 lists, because some of those Top 100's are hard to get through! :)

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I've read 36 for sure. There are some I think I've read but can't remember if I did or just meant to. LOL There are a few I have sitting at home in DTB version waiting to be read and some that are on my list for when I get to them. LOL

There are a ton more that I want to read that are NOT on the list. Interesting lists running around though.

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This is sort of off the topic, but does anyone keep a book log? I have been keeping a notebook since 2001 (well since Dec. 2001). I have since made a spreadsheet on my computer to use, but still keep track in the notebook as well! I write down the date I finished it, the book, author, and what I thought. That way I could remember what books I have read and it helps when someone asks about a book. I have a hard time remembering b/c I have read so many. Currently I have read 504 books since 2001. Since I got my kindle at Christmas, I know write whether or not the book I read was on the kindle.  ;D
 

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melissaj323 said:
This is sort of off the topic, but does anyone keep a book log? I have been keeping a notebook since 2001 (well since Dec. 2001). I have since made a spreadsheet on my computer to use, but still keep track in the notebook as well! I write down the date I finished it, the book, author, and what I thought. That way I could remember what books I have read and it helps when someone asks about a book. I have a hard time remembering b/c I have read so many. Currently I have read 504 books since 2001. Since I got my kindle at Christmas, I know write whether or not the book I read was on the kindle. ;D
I have just started a book log spreadsheet when I got my Kindle (though I wish I had started sooner!) The only difference on my log is that I am keeping track of all books I own from the date I started the spreadsheet forward. Just like if I had a DTB library, I want to know what I have available to read as well as what I have already read. So my spreadsheet has the title, author, book type (DTB or Kindle), date started reading, date finished reading, price paid, whether it's on the Kindle now or not, and a column for coding the order I want to read my books in. Read books get pushed to the end of the list, books that I won't read cover to cover (cook books, bible, aesop's fables etc…) get a coding right below the read books, since I won't really be "reading" those, they are more of reference. And since it's a spreadsheet I can change the sort anytime to fit my current needs.

Cheers!
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Athenagwis said:
...but that's why I chose to combine 2 lists, because some of those Top 100's are hard to get through! :)
;) I'm with you on that thought! I try to mix up my classic reading with contemporary novels. (It motivates me when I'm trying to get through Dickens to know that I'll be reading a "fun" book when I finish Dickens.) Have you seen the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels from the 20th Century book list? The editor's list is really interesting, but the reader's list is full of selections that don't usually make the normal lists with some Tom Clancy and Steven King selections.

I'm also tracking the books I've finished on Excel. But it's not every book I read that I track -- just the books that worthy for all the 100, 101, 1,000 books to read list. Why track all the chick-lit I read -- do I really want an offical record of that?
 

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I have read 39 of the books on Athenagwis' list and 7 that are on Sparkplug's list.  There are many books on both lists that I plan on reading.

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I never thought of keeping a book-specific journal but that's a great idea! Probably needs an Oberon cover.
 

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Both lists are great, and will give me ideas on what else to look for when I next browse Amazon. Also, I'll look for some YA versions of some of the classics for DD -- it's nice to have a list to remind me of them!

Just a suggestion: If someone makes a new Kindleboards Best Books list, or if you ever revise this one, may I suggest having all the Potter books in sequence, as opposed to sprinkled through the list? And if the list is alphabetical it's much easier to find something too.

Personally, I'd add a couple of HG Wells and Asimov. (Disappointed that the full Foundation series isn't available for Kindle...) Then again I recognize that many people don't think SF is really literature <g>.

And 1001 Nights. And probably more... but how to edit such a list to only 150?
 
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