Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime


Amazon recently released its list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.  Here’s the alphabetical list below.  You can find this list and book descriptions on Amazon at:

And here’s a description of how Amazon’s editors compiled their list:

So many books, so little time. With this in mind, the Amazon Books editors set out to compile a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. We had a few goals when we started out: We wanted the list to cover all stages of a life (which is why you’ll find children’s books in here), and we didn’t want the list to feel like homework. Of course, no such list can be comprehensive – our lives, we hope, are long and varied – but we talked and argued and sifted and argued some more and came up with a list, our list, of favorites. What do you think? How did we do? Tell us on Goodreads, where you can vote and add your own selections.

I’ve read some of these books, but definitely not all of them.  How about you?

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
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1 by Lemony Snicket
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Alice Munro:  Selected Stories by Alice Munro
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
Angela’s Ashes 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 McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Dantica
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:  A Savage Journey to
the Heart of the American Dream
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 M Diamond
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:  Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential 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 Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
Persepolis 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 by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Color of Water 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:  His Dark Materials 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-Exupéry
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:  A Novel 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:  A Novel 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
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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5 thoughts on “Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

  1. After a quick look down the list I’d guess I’ve read about half of the books and recognize most of the rest but not all. But seriously, where’s Gone With the Wind? (I saw A Wrinkle in Time made the list but alas, not Tennyson.) And the list tilts to modern American literature, with a big emphasis on the last 50 years. I’ll bet David Sedaris would be surprised to see his name, funny as he is.

  2. I agree the list is definitely different from what I expected. I am going to back and count how many I’ve read. It’s probably less than half. I never read Valley of the Dolls. I remember the movie though!

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