300 Books to Read in Your Life

Some time ago, I came across a list of books that supposedly everyone should read at least once in their life, and I began to count.

I pride myself on being an avid reader, and I had high hopes on having read at least a decent number of all the books on the list. Turns out I’ve read exactly 100 of the 300. I was a little impressed, but also disappointed. Well, at least now I’ll have several more books on my to-read list.

How did they put together this list? It’s not exactly a list of classics, but more of a list of most-talked-about books. Books that come up again and again, even if some of them I’ve never heard of before.

If you’re interested in seeing which books I’ve read already, I’ve prepared a list below. Feel free to skip, but I really suggest taking a look at the linked list, so you can add more important books to your list.

What books do you think should be on the list that aren’t? What books do you think I should read? Let me know in a comment!

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  2. 1984, George Orwell
  3. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
  4. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  5. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  6. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  8. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  9. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
  11. Lord of the Rings series,J.R.R. Tolkien
  12. Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
  13. Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
  14. Farenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  15. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  16. The Hunger Games series, Suzanne Collins
  17. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  18. The Giver, Lois Lowry
  19. Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
  20. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  21. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  22. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
  23. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  24. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  25. Hamlet, Shakespeare
  26. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  27. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  28. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  29. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  30. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  31. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  32. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  33. The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
  34. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
  35. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  36. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
  37. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas, Sr.
  38. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  39. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  40. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  41. MacBeth, Shakespeare
  42. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  43. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  44. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
  45. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  46. The Little House series, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  47. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  48. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
  49. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  50. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  51. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
  52. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  53. Matilda, Roald Dahl
  54. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
  55. Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
  56. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
  57. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  58. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
  59. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  60. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
  61. Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
  62. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare
  63. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  64. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  65. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  66. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
  67. The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
  68. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
  69. His Dark Materials series, Philip Pullman
  70. Aesop’s Fables
  71. Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
  72. The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
  73. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder
  74. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  75. The Prince, Machiavelli
  76. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
  77. The Trial, Franz Kafka
  78. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
  79. Emma, Jane Austen
  80. Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
  81. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  82. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
  83. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
  84. A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  85. Story of My Life, Helen Keller
  86. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
  87. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  88. Maus, Art Spiegelman
  89. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
  90. Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  91. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
  92. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  93. Holes, Louis Sachar
  94. The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
  95. Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov
  96. Howard’s End, E.M. Forster
  97. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  98. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  99. The Lottery, Shirley Jackson
  100. The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer

Also, below here I will keep updating this post as I read more of the books on this list. Let’s see if I ever hit 300.

101. Julius Caesar, Shakespeare

102. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume

103. The Color Purple, Alice Walker

104. Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne

105. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

106. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

107. El Alquimista, Paulo Coelho

108. La Sombra del Viento, Carlos Ruiz Zafón

109. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

110. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

111. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett

112. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

113. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

114. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson

115. American Gods, Neil Gaiman

116. Catch-22, Joseph Heller

117. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

118. Night, Elie Wiesel

119. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

120. Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

121. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

122. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

123. Life of Pi, Yann Martel

124. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

125. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

126. The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

127. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

128. Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

129. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier

130. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

131. The Stand, Stephen King

132. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

133. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

134. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

135. Don Quijote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

136. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Graham

137. Dune, Frank Herbert

138. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

139. Cien Años de Soledad, Gabriel García Márquez

140. L’Étranger, Albert Camus

141. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

142. Persuasion, Jane Austen

143. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

144. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky


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