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Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Update

I did this as a tag back in February, and I made a note at the end of the tag that I hoped to have read several more of these books by the end of the year (to go along with my Bucket List Books challenge). So… let’s revisit this and see how I did now! (Here’s the link to Amazon’s List in case you want to check it out over there instead of here.)

This was originally a meme, created by Perfectly Tolerable, and I was tagged by Ally of Ally Writes Things. This time I’m not doing it as a meme but as an update instead. If you want to play along with the meme, feel free, but be sure to check out the rules (which you can find on my original tag post).


Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking Yes
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward TBR
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume Yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett TBR
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Yes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E.B. White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert TBR
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn TBR
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D. DNF
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison TBR
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain  TBR
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder Yes
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov TBR
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez TBR
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris TBR
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie TBR
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac TBR
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen TBR
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut TBR
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton TBR
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon TBR
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak TBR
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson TBR
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood TBR
The House at Pooh Corner A.A. Milne Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Yes
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Yes
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster Yes
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver TBR
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe TBR
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King TBR
The Stranger Albert Camus TBR
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway Yes
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien Yes
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame TBR
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami TBR
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

YES: February 2018: 24; end of 2018: 29
TBR: February 2018: 24; end of 2018: 24
DNF: February 2018: 1; end of 2018: 1


So I only read five more of these books in about 10 months, and added some new ones to my TBR (because at least some of the ones I read were listed as TBR in February). Still, that’s not too bad. I don’t know if I plan to read all of them (some of these books just don’t interest me at all) but I do want to read a lot more of them. I’ll probably revisit this again, though not all that regularly. (Maybe annually? That seems reasonable.)

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4 thoughts on “Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Update

  1. 29 is a lot, well done you! I just looked through the list, and have only read 8 🙈 Tho I feel a big part of that is because childrens classics and required reading in The Netherlands are just different from the US and UK.

    1. Thanks! I do agree, a lot of the “must read” books do seem to depend on where you live and grew up. A lot of required reading for non-US English-speaking countries aren’t books I’ve read, either.

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