Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

Bold titles are books I have read (I also own most of these)
A single asterisk denotes books on my personal reading lists
Double asterisks denote books I own, and obviously plan to read


1984 by George Orwell

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers*

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! by Lemony Snicket

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Selected Stories, 1968-1994 by Alice Munro

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward*

Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt**

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

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett*

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher Mc Dougall

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller**

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Daring Greatly: How the Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Dune by Frank Herbert*

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens**

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond Ph.D.**

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote*

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri*

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson**

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov**

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez**

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl*

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris*

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie*

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis*

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham**

On the Road by Jack Kerouac**

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen*

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth*

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin**

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton**

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon**

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley*

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz**

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen**

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson**

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Giver by Lois Lowry*

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman*

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot**

The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien**

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks**

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan*

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver**

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Shining by Stephen King

The Stranger by Albert Camus**

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway*

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien*

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame**

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami*

The World According to Garp by John Irving*

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion*

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe**

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand**

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann*

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein*

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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