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100 Books to Read Before You Die

100 books to read before you die – and oh the places this amazing list of books could take you to?


That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. Jhumpa Lahiri


100 Books to Read Before You Die

100 Books to Read Before You Die



100 books to read before you die 

“A good book is an event in my life.” – Stendhal

Oh, I do like a good book list. You may recently have read my list on best books on happiness?

Well if you did and if you enjoyed that I have a new one for you today – 100 books to read before you die,#, this was a pure labour of love, I do so hope you like it.


100 Books to Read Before You Die

100 Books to Read Before You Die


Do you have a wishlist of 100 books to read before you die?

Here is one I have compiled. How many have you read? I am intrigued to know? Would any of them make your list of 100 books to read before you die perhaps?

Many book bucket lists haven’t been updated in quite some time. They include the classics, but leave out many modern-day works. This list includes those classics that are on every list, in addition to modern fiction, self-help books, and other fantastic reads. How many have these have you already read?

I have read a lot of them and some are ones I absolutely must read again or long to read. There is a hefty dose of American modern classics and a lot of love stuff because that’s what I like. Everyone’s list would be different.


My 100 books to read before you die

Mine is very personal but a lot of my choices I imagine are pretty universal. It is not a heavy list and it is  not all classics but they are books without exception that have touched me or that I long to read.

Can I challenge you to create your 100 books to read before you die?

100 Books to Read Before You Die

100 Books to Read Before You Die


100 books to read before you die … here we go

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  3. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (the book ends drastically differently than the movie!)
  6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (trigger warning: mental health themes)
  8. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  9. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (trigger warning: child abuse/child sex trafficking as the main plot)
  10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  11. The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
  12. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  14. Go Ask Alice (trigger warning: drug addictions and other serious mental health themes)
  15. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  16. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  17. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  18. Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt
  19. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  20. The second sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  21. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  22. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
  23. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  24. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  25. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  26. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  27. Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
  28. His Dark Materials  by Philip Pullman

    100 Books to Read Before You Die – better get comfy!



    And there are more in the 100 books to read before you die list    ….

  29. Moonbath by Yanick Lahens
  30. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  31. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  32. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  33. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  34. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  35. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  36. Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  38. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  39. Go Set a Watchmen by Harper Lee
  40. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  41. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  42. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  43. The art of war by Sun Tsu
  44. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (trigger warning: graphic sex scene right from the start)
  45. The Prophet Kahil Gibran
  46. Bridget Jones Diary Helen Fielding
  47. Keeper of Lost Things Ruth Hogan
  48. The death and life of Charlie St Cloud  by Ben Sherwood 
  49. Create your own happy by Becky Goddard-Hill Penny Alexander
  50. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  51. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  52. Candide by Voltaire
  53. Madame Bovary by Flaubert
  54. The reader on the 6.27 by Jean Paul  Didierlaurent
  55. A man called Ove – by Fredrik Backman
  56. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  57. One Day by David Nicholls
  58. 84 Charing Cross Road Helen Hanff
  59. The fault in our stars – John Green
  60. The Little Prince by Antonie de Saint-Exupery
  61. The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
  62. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  63. Song of Soloman by Toni Morrison
  64. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  65. Paper Towns by John Green
  66. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
  67. I know why the cage bird sings Maya Angelou
  68. The god of small things by Arundhati Roy
  69. If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski
  70. The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon
  71. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  72. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  73. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  74. The Go-Between by LP Hartley
  75. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  76. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  77. Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott (the movie’s about to come out!)
  78. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  79. Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli
  80. The Celestine Prophecy James Redfield   
  81. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  82. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  83. Night by Elie Wiesel
  84. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (trigger warning: rape and violence)
  85. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  86. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  87. The Color Purple
  88. The Kurdish Bike by Alesa Lightbourne
  89. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  90. All my Sons by Arthur Miller
  91. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  92. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  93. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  94. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  95. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  96. The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  97. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  98. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  99. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  100. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Do you like this list of 100 books to read before you die?

100 Books to Read Before You Die


Love your library & go find those 100 Books to Read Before You Die

Although you could buy these books on Amazon, it’s much cheaper to rent them from your local library. That will also help reduce the amount of clutter in your home. Libraries really are the most amazing places – all those wonderful stories , true or make believe all withoin the reach of you and your family and all for free. It is absolutely the gift that keeps giving. You have to get your self a library membership it is worth worlds.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of a Library.”

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” (Neil Gaiman)


100 books to read before you die – which would you read first?

Which book are you most excited to read on this list of 100 books to read before you die?  Head to your local library with a list and see which ones you can find.



Did you count? I bet you counted how many you had read of my 100 Books to Read Before You Die

So what’s your number? How many of these 100 books to read before you die can you tick off your list?


A love of reading

Reading has been and probably always will be one of the very greatest pleasures of my life, books have taught me, lifted me, helped me escape. They have inspired me, soothed me and helped me cope. Books are my passion and my pleasure and being able to make a living as a writer has pleased me absolutely no end.

I long to write a book so amazing it would be included in a book list like this by someone else..I definitely snuck my Create Your Own Happy book up on my list but oh, to write a great epic love story! or a book of poems that touched the heart of someone hurting.

That is what I would love to achieve.

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl


My favourite of all on the 100 books to read before you die list

My number 1 favourite book of all times is probably Rebecca and The Great Gatsby and I Capture the Castle and …oh I can never ever, ever pick just one…..

I do hope you have enjoyed my list of 100 books to read before you die


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100 Books to Read Before You Die

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Quotes for book lovers

Quotes for book lovers make me smile because what book lover doesn ‘t love a great quote?

Here are a few of my favourites:


Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.

Alberto Manguel


An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.

– Stephen Fry


The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.

– Albert Einstein


100 Books to Read Before You Die

100 Books to Read Before You Die


The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance.

– Libba Bray


She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.

Annie Dillard


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  1. September 11, 2019 / 1:39 am

    I will save this list and read through it. I have only read 10 of them. They are really interesting. Thank you!

  2. July 14, 2019 / 7:34 pm

    I loved this! I have read at least half of them which really surprised me x

    • becky
      July 25, 2019 / 7:17 am

      great minds Donna!

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