100 Books Everyone Should Read

100 Books Everyone Should Read


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One of my book lists of things I want to read comes from Business Insider‘s list “100 Books everyone should read before the die”. I’ve been really into the classics lately and after binging Gilmore Girls I have a new goal of reading every book mentioned in that show (that list can be found here all 339 of them!) Lots of the books listed in the 100 list is on Rory’s list so I figured I’d have a good start if I started cracking down on this list!  I will still be reading the latest teen fiction and posting reviews but I wanted to let you know why my posts aren’t coming as frequently.  Right now I am almost finished with George Orwell’s 1984 which I will have a review about hopefully next week, but until then, check out this list of 100 books everyone should read and let me know which ones you have read off this list!! I have read quite a few myself but not all of them… yet!  I’ll mark which ones I’ve read!

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (read)
  2. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (read)
  3. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank (read)
  4. 1984 (Signet Classics) – George Orwell (currently reading)
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling (read)
  6. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (I’ve read parts of these but am going to reread because I’m thorough like that lol)(also this link is for all 3 LotR books plus the Hobbit which is lower on the list)
  7. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (read)
  8. Charlotte’s Web – E.B White (read)
  9. The Hobbit– JRR Tolkien (read)
  10. Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) – Louisa May Alcott
  11. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  12. Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) – Charlotte Bronte
  13. Animal farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell
  14. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  15. The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  16. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  17. The Adventures Of Huck Finn – Mark Twain (read)
  18. The Hunger Games (Book 1) – Suzanne Collins (read)
  19. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  20. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) – C.S Lewis
  21. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  22. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (read)
  23. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  24. Night (Night) – Elie Wiesel (read)
  25. Hamlet ( Folger Library Shakespeare) – William Shakespeare (read)
  26. A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) – Madeleine L’Engle
  27. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (read)
  28. A Tale of Two Cities (Dover Thrift Editions) – Charles Dickens
  29. Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library) – William Shakespeare (read)
  30. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  31. The Secret Garden (HarperClassics) – Frances Hodgson Burnett (read)
  32. A Christmas Carol (Dover Thrift Editions) – Charles Dickens (read)
  33. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  34. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  35. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets – JK Rowling (read)
  36. The Giver (Giver Quartet) – Lois Lowery
  37. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (read)
  38. Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings – Shel Silverstein (read)
  39. Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics) – Emily Bronte
  40. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  41. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  42. Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library) – William Shakespeare (read)
  43. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series) – Stieg Larsson
  44. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley (read)
  45. The Holy Bible: New International Version (read)
  46. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Bantam Classics) – Alexandre Dumas
  48. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Modern Classics) – Betty Smith
  49. East of Eden (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) – John Steinbeck
  50. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (read)
  51. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  52. Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition – Joseph Heller
  53. The Stand – Stephen King
  54. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  55. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling (read)
  56. Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet) – Orson Scott Card
  57. Anna Karenina (Modern Library Classics) – Leo Tolstoy
  58. Watership Down: A Novel – Richard Adams
  59. Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel – Arthur Golden
  60. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  61. A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast of Crows / A Dance with Dragons – George RR Martin (read)
  62. Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) – Charles Dickens
  63. The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  64. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  65. Les Miserables (Signet Classics) – Victor Hugo
  66. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) – Jk Rowling (read)
  67. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (read)
  68. The Scarlet Letter (AmazonClassics Edition) – Nathaniel Hawthorne (read)
  69. Celebrating Silence – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  70. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S Lewis
  71. The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel (Kingsbridge) – Ken Follett
  72. Catching Fire |Hunger Games|2 – Suzanne Collins (read)
  73. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (read)
  74. Dracula – Bram Stoker (read)
  75. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure – William Goldman (read)
  76. Water for Elephants: A Novel – Sara Gruen
  77. The Raven – Edgar Allen Poe (read)
  78. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  79. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel – Barbara Kingsolver
  80. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  81. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (read)
  82. The Odyssey – Homer (read)
  83. The Good Earth (Oprah’s Book Club) – Pearl S. Buck
  84. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games) – Suzanne Collins (read)
  85. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christe
  86. The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
  87. A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel – John Irving
  88. The Glass Castle: A Memoir – Jeannette Walls
  89. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Paperback); 2011 Edition – Rebecca Skloot
  90. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  91. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  92. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  93. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  94. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  95. Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) – Kurt Vonnegut
  96. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
  97. The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Justier
  98. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoywvsky
  99. The Story of My Life – Helen Keller
  100. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) – JK Rowling (read)

So thats the list I’ll be working from this coming winter.  I like that it has a lot of classics on it but also a lot of contemporary and modern novels as well.   I feel as though its a nice blend!  How many have you read?  What would you add to this list?  Leave it in the comments below!


4 thoughts on “100 Books Everyone Should Read

  1. Becky says:

    I’ve read most of these books, however I’m not a fan of Shakesphere’s books … You will like Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett, I like all of his books and right now I’m reading his latest Columns of Fire. Also have tried to read some of the “classics” Catcher in the Rye, Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice & Men … grim, boring! Some on your list I really enjoyed inlcude the Kite Runner, Gone with the Wind, and my alltime favorite, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Nice list … I enjoyed seeing how many I’ve read!


    1. Lanette Rodgers says:

      I had a Shakespeare class in college and I hated it!! I’m not a huge fan of Shakespeare either. I’ll probably read one of the ones you’ve mentioned next. I’ve heard good things about Kite runner!


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