Amazon’s top 100 books to read before you die

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I’d convinced myself that once I finish my list of 100 books to read before I die , somehow I’d be done.  Haha.  All it means is I will be able to check off about half of the books from Amazon’s newly released 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.

The list covers more than the old classics, including Are you There God, it’s me, Margaret, and A Brief History of Time.  Where the Wild Things Are, and Goodnight, Moon made the list, which I’m happy to see included, and will  probably be books we consider classics in a few more decades.  The old standbys are there, like 1984 and Catch-22, with a few additions to the “new classics,” like Beloved and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

How many have you read?  How many CAN you read?  I’ve done the quick math, and if you can read approximately one book every two weeks, that’s 26 books a year – it would only take you four years to read the books you should read in a lifetime.

I’ve read 24 on the list.  Only three more years to go (until I start a new list).

Amazon’s Books:

Meet Big Brother
1984 by George Orwell
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Explore the Universe
A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Memoir as metafiction
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Print | Kindle
A child-soldier’s story
A Long Way Gone
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
Print | Kindle
Wicked good fun
A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition by Lemony Snicket
Print | Kindle
The 60s kids classic
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Print | Kindle
A short-form master
Alice Munro: Short Stories
Alice Munro: Selected Storiesby Alice Munro
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Go down the rabbit hole
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Print | Kindle
Unseated a president
All the President's Men
All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
Print | Kindle
An Irish-American Memoir
Angela's Ashes
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
Print | Kindle
The angst of adolescence
Are You There, God? It's me, Margaret
Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Print | Kindle
A literary page turner
Bel Canto
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Print | Kindle
The ghosts of slavery
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Print | Kindle
Why and how we run
Born to Run
Born To Run – A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
Print | Kindle
A journey from Haiti
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Print | Kindle
Launched its own catchphrase
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Print | Kindle
Vintage Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
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The timeless classic
Charlotte's Web
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Ambitious and humane
Cutting For Stone
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
Print | Kindle
Vulnerability breeds courage
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
Print | Kindle
For reluctant readers
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1by Jeff Kinney
Print | Kindle
A science fiction classic
Dune by Frank Herbert
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“It was a pleasure to burn.”
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Gonzo journalism takes flight
Fear and Loathing
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
Print | Kindle
Marriage can be a real killer
Gone Girl
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Print | Kindle
First published in 1947
Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Dickens’ best novel
Great Expectations
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Print | Kindle
Understanding societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
Print | Kindle
Meet the boy wizard
Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Print | Kindle
True crime at its best
In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Print | Kindle
Award-winning short story debut
Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Print | Kindle
A literary milestone
Invisible Man
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Print | Kindle
A brilliant graphic novel
Jimmy Corrigan

Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

Don’t eat while you read this
Kitchen Confidential
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Print | Kindle
One of the best of 2013
Life After Life
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Print | Kindle
Childhood on the frontier
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Nabokov’s triumph
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Print | Kindle
A Latin American masterpiece
Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Choleraby Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A saga set on the reservation
Love Medicine
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Print | Kindle
A life-changing book
Man's Search for Meaning
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Print | Kindle
Funny and poignant
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Print | Kindle
A beautifully-written novel
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Print | Kindle
Rushdie’s breakthrough
Midnight's Children
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Print | Kindle
Lewis hits it out of the park
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Print | Kindle
A writer’s writer
Of Human Bondage
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
Print | Kindle
The essence of the Beats
On the Road
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Print | Kindle
A remarkable woman’s story
Out of Africa
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
Print | Kindle
A groundbreaking graphic novel
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Roth at his finest
Portnoy's Complaint
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
Print | Kindle
The perennial favorite
Pride and Prejudice
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Print | Kindle
The birth of ecology
Silent Spring
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Print | Kindle
The absurdist WW2 novel
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Print | Kindle
How Lincoln led
Team of Rivals
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Print | Kindle
19th Century high society
The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Print | Kindle
Chabon’s magnum opus
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Print | Kindle
A classic modern autobiography
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
The international sensation
The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Print | Kindle
The trials of a “ghetto nerd”
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Print | Kindle
Meet Holden Caulfield
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Exploring a mother’s past
The Color of Water
The Color of Water by James McBride
Print | Kindle
Great, but divisive
The Corrections
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Print | Kindle
A triumph of narrative nonfiction
The Devil in the White City
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
Print | Kindle
Moving and eloquent
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Print | Kindle
A soulful young adult novel
The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Print | Kindle
Classic dystopia
The Giver
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Print | Kindle
Pullman’s fantasy classic
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Print | Kindle
The rich are different.. ..
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Print | Kindle
Feminist speculative fiction
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Print | Kindle
A boy, a bear, a honeypot
The House At Pooh Corner
The House At Pooh Cornerby A. A. Milne
Print | Kindle
Reality tv writ large
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Print | Kindle
Race, ethics, and medicine
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Print | Kindle
A darkly funny memoir
The Liars' Club: A Memoir
The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
Print | Kindle
Monsters, Mythology, and a boy
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
Print | Kindle
Unique and universal
The Little Prince
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
First-rate Chandler Noir
The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Print | Kindle
The history of terrorism
The Looming Tower
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11by Lawrence Wright
Print | Kindle
One ring to rule them all
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Print | Kindle
A deeply human account
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
Print | Kindle
The origins of food
The Omnivore's Dilemma
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Mealsby Michael Pollan
Print | Kindle
An odd and original journey
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Print | Kindle
Missionaries in Africa
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
Print | Kindle
The Enforcer
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
The inner life of astronauts
The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
Print | Kindle
This way to the apocalypse
The Road
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Print | Kindle
A modern classic
The Secret History
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Print | Kindle
Chilling and thrilling
The Shining
The Shining by Stephen King
Print | Kindle
Existentialist fiction
The Stranger
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Print | Kindle
Meet the Lost Generation
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Print | Kindle
The best book on Vietnam
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Print | Kindle
Baby’s first book
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillarby Eric Carle

Mole, Toad, Rat, and Badger
The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
From the modern Japanese master
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
Print | Kindle
Beware the “Undertoad”
The World According to Garp
The World According to Garpby John Irving
Life, Love, Death
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinkingby Joan Didion
Print | Kindle
Tradition vs. change
Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Print | Kindle
A beloved family story
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
An American inspiration
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Print | Kindle
Addictively entertaining
Valley of the Dolls
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Print | Kindle
The joys of imagination
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Let the wild rumpus start!
Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Areby Maurice Sendak

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