Amazon’s 100 Books to Read Before You Die – Update

I did this last year, but since then I’ve made a concerted effort to read a bunch of these. Here’s my new Amazon List successes! Books read since I did this last year are surrounded by asterisks and linked to their review (some may be to my Goodreads review, since I don’t review everything on the blog). Books I’ve read on my blog earlier are also linked to their reviews.




To Kill A MockingbirdYesHarper Lee
Pride and Prejudice*Yes*Jane Austen
The Diary of a Young GirlYesAnne Frank
1984YesGeorge Orwell
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneYesJ K Rowling
Lord of the Ring TrilogyYesJ R R Tolkein
The Great Gatsby*Yes*F Scott Fitzgerald
Charlotte’s WebYesE B White
Little WomenYesLouisa May Alcott
The HobbitYesJ R R Tolkein
Fahrenheit 451YesRay Bradbury
Jane EyreYesCharlotte Bronte
Gone with the Wind*Yes*Margaret Mitchell
Animal FarmYesGeorge Orwell
The Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger
The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnYesMark Twain
The HelpYesKathryn Stockett
The Grapes of Wrath*Yes*John Steinbeck
The Lion, The Witch and the WardrobeYesC S Lewis
The Hunger Games*Yes*Suzanne Collins
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
Lord of the Flies William Golding
Kite Runner*Yes*Khaled Hosseini
Night*Yes*Elie Wiesel
HamletYesWilliam Shakespeare
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
A Wrinkle in TimeYesMadeleine L’Engle
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyYesDouglas Adams
A Christmas CarolYes (Was Scrooge in a play, actually)Charles Dickens
Of Mice and MenYesJohn Steinbeck
The Secret GardenYesFrances Hodgson Burnett
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
The Handmaid’s TaleYesMargaret Atwood
Brave New WorldYesAldous Huxley
The Little Prince Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Where the Sidewalk EndsYesShel Silverstein
Wuthering HeightsYesEmily Bronte
The GiverYesLois Lowry
Anne of Green GablesYesE M Montgomery
MacbethYes (Def fave Willy Shakes play)William Shakespeare
The Adventures of Tom SawyerYesMark Twain
Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsYesJ K Rowling
FrankensteinYesMary Shelley
The BibleYesVarious
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo *Yes*Steig Larsson
The Count of Monte Cristo*Yes*Alexandre Dumas
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Colour Purple Alice Walker
East of Eden John Steinbeck
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
Catch 22YesJoseph Heller
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
The Stand Stephen King
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland*Yes*Lewis Carroll
Watership DownYes x like 12Richard Adams
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Ender’s GameYesOrson Scottcard
Great ExpectationsYesCharles Dickens
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanYesJ K Rowling
The Old Man and the SeaYesErnest Hemingway
A Game of Thrones *Yes*George R R Martin
The Princess BrideYesWilliam Goldman
Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryYesRoald Dahl
The Life of Pi Piin Elama
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follet
Les Miserables Victor Hugo
The Scarlet LetterYesNathaniel Hawthorne
DraculaYesBram Stoker
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceYesJ K Rowling
Catching Fire*Yes*Suzanne Collins
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen
The RavenYesEdgar Allen Poe
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
Outlander*FUCKING NEVER*Diana Gabaldon
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Good Earth Pearl S Buck
The Time Traveler’s WifeYesAudrey Niffenegger
The OdysseyYes (if reading it in Latin counts)Homer
Celebrating Silence Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks*Yes*Rebecca Skloot
The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
Mockingjay*Yes*Suzanne Collins
The Things They CarriedYesTim O’Brien
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky
SiddharthaYesHermann Hesse
Beloved*Yes*Toni Morrison
The Story of my Life Helen Keller
Phantom TollboothYesNorton Juster
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler E L Konigsburg
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

As of 12/15/2020, I’ve read 62 of the 100 books and screamed angrily at Outlander before giving up. Granted, a lot of them I read in high school, so I don’t remember a ton about them. Look at me, being impressive!

5 thoughts on “Amazon’s 100 Books to Read Before You Die – Update

  1. Pink Roses says:

    Hello there and a very happy New Year to you. I’ve read most of those books, about 80 percent I think – I stopped counting half way through. I love these lists (and I love making lists). Of course, it has to be changed every year – the world is so full of wonderful writers.

  2. memadtwo says:

    A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my all-time favorites. I can also highly recommend The Book Thief. On the other hand, Gone Girl was so bad I couldn’t even finish it. I did also stay up all night 50 years ago reading In Cold Blood. I would say, many worthy choices still left. (K)

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I have The Book Thief on my list of things to read this year. Another on this 100 Books list that I plan on reading this year is Anna Karenina. In the introduction to “Gone With the Wind” that I read last year, it suggested that Anna Karenina’s main character had a lot of similarities to Scarlett. Scarlett was such a good character that I decided Anna Karenina was worth a shot.

      I just looked it up and Owen Meany is on my library’s e-book list, so that might also get read this year (assuming I have time – it’s going to be a busy reading year!)

      • memadtwo says:

        You are doing much better than I! Less than 20 books last year for me. Perhaps this year will be better. I have not read Anna Karenina, but it sounds worthwhile.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        I did well mostly because I had a lot of time between January and May (when I started my new job). I think Goodreads said I read upwards of 60 books, though I can’t be sure that I didn’t read some of them in 2019 and just put the dates into Goodreads wrong.

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