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Amazon’s “100 Books To Read In A Lifetime”

Okay, I saw this tag back at Books & Munches blog and since I had nothing to post today I’m doing it

Also they tagged everyone who read it so technically I was tagged

Apparently there’s a list of the 100 books you have to read. Normally I say to read whatever you feel like it’s right for you. There isn’t right or wrong literature and you have to watch out for different kinds of readers.

That said, this is a fun tag and we are all here to see how little I’ve read of classic literature.


10277-heavy-check-mark12 Read

nopic_press12 TBR

cross-mark_274c76 Not read

I will mark each book according to if:

I’ve read it


I haven’t read it


I will read it eventually




Include the link to Amazon’s List
Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
Tally up your total
Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
Tag 5 new people!
(And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell cross-mark_274c
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking cross-mark_274c
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers cross-mark_274c
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah cross-mark_274c
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket nopic_press
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle nopic_press
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro cross-mark_274c
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 10277-heavy-check-mark
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward cross-mark_274c
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt cross-mark_274c
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume cross-mark_274c
Bel Canto Ann Patchett cross-mark_274c
Beloved Toni Morrison cross-mark_274c
Born to Run Christopher McDougall cross-mark_274c
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat cross-mark_274c
Catch-22 Joseph Heller cross-mark_274c
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl 10277-heavy-check-mark
Charlotte’s Web E. B White 10277-heavy-check-mark
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese cross-mark_274c
Daring Greatly Brené Brown cross-mark_274c
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney cross-mark_274c
Dune Frank Herbert nopic_press
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury nopic_press
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson cross-mark_274c
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn nopic_press
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow cross-mark_274c
Great Expectations Charles Dickens cross-mark_274c
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D. cross-mark_274c
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling 10277-heavy-check-mark
In Cold Blood Truman Capote cross-mark_274c
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri cross-mark_274c
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison cross-mark_274c
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware cross-mark_274c
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain cross-mark_274c
Life After Life Kate Atkinson cross-mark_274c
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder cross-mark_274c
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov cross-mark_274c
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez cross-mark_274c
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich cross-mark_274c
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl 10277-heavy-check-mark
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris cross-mark_274c
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides cross-mark_274c
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie cross-mark_274c
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis cross-mark_274c
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham cross-mark_274c
On the Road Jack Kerouac cross-mark_274c
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen cross-mark_274c
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi cross-mark_274c
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth cross-mark_274c
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen nopic_press
Silent Spring Rachel Carson cross-mark_274c
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut cross-mark_274c
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin cross-mark_274c
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton cross-mark_274c
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon cross-mark_274c
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X cross-mark_274c
The Book Thief Markus Zusak 10277-heavy-check-mark
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz nopic_press
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger nopic_press
The Color of Water James McBride cross-mark_274c
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen cross-mark_274c
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson cross-mark_274c
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank 10277-heavy-check-mark
The Fault in Our Stars John Green 10277-heavy-check-mark
The Giver Lois Lowry cross-mark_274c
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman nopic_press
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald cross-mark_274c
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood nopic_press
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne cross-mark_274c
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins 10277-heavy-check-mark
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot cross-mark_274c
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr cross-mark_274c
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan 10277-heavy-check-mark
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 10277-heavy-check-mark
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler cross-mark_274c
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright cross-mark_274c
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien nopic_press
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks cross-mark_274c
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan cross-mark_274c
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster cross-mark_274c
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver cross-mark_274c
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro cross-mark_274c
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe cross-mark_274c
The Road Cormac McCarthy cross-mark_274c
The Secret History Donna Tartt cross-mark_274c
The Shining Stephen King cross-mark_274c
The Stranger Albert Camus cross-mark_274c
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway cross-mark_274c
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien cross-mark_274c
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle 10277-heavy-check-mark
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame nopic_press
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami cross-mark_274c
The World According to Garp John Irving cross-mark_274c
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion cross-mark_274c
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe cross-mark_274c
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee cross-mark_274c
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand cross-mark_274c
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann cross-mark_274c
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein cross-mark_274c
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

10277-heavy-check-mark12 Read

nopic_press12 TBR

76 Not readcross-mark_274c


This was a list made by a person from the USA, obviously. The classics are all north american or english and so I not much care for them. It’d be interesting to see a list made by a group of people from different nationalities and backgrounds, see which kinds of books each considers you have to read in your life. I’m sure we couldn’t keep it at 100 though.

I do have a bunch of them on my TBR but I’d add some more diverse authors as well as some poetry.



I tag everyone who reads this and feels like doing it! I hope you all have fun with it and dare to challenge what we consider everyone should read and why we think that.



Book lover and hockey goalie from Argentina. Trying to figure life out

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

  1. Thanks for participating! 12 is really good, especially considering you are not from the US. Its funny that, being from the US, I didn’t notice this list was geared toward the US, but lots of people have pointed it out. Now looking at it, it is pretty obvious! It definitely is a good lesson in not realizing biases when they are in your favor.

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