My List

As you can see, this list is pretty extensive. I do plan to read all of these books in my lifetime and I want others to do so as well: feel free to use my list to create one of your own. I guarantee that all of the listed books will be great. (PS- the numbers in parentheses of a crossed out book are the amount of pages the book had.)

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian-Sherman Alexie
  2. A Doll’s House-Henrik Ibsen
  3. A Fine Balance-Rohinton Mistry
  4. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius-Dave Eggers (437)
  5. The Alchemist-Paulo Coehlo (167)
  6. Alice in Wonderland-Lewis Carroll
  7. A Light in the Window-Jan Karon (382)
  8. Allegiant-Veronica Roth (526)
  9. All Through the Night-Mary Higgins Clark (206)
  10. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay-Michael Chabon (636)
  11. American Born Chinese-Gene Luen Yang
  12. The American Tragedy-Theodore Dreiser (814)
  13. An Abundance of Katherines-John Green (228)
  14. Angela’s Ashes-Frank McCourt (362)
  15. Animal Farm-George Orwell
  16. Anna Karenina-Leo Tolstoy (950)
  17. Anne of Green Gables-L. M. Montgomery
  18. A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald-Therese Anne Fowler (371)
  19. Anthem-Ayn Rand
  20. Archidamian War-Donald Kagan
  21. Arms and the Man-George Bernard Shaw
  22. The Art of War-Sun Tzu
  23. A Separate Peace-John Knowles (196)
  24. A Short History of Nearly Everything-Bill Bryson (478)
  25. As I Lay Dying-William Faulkner
  26. Ask The Dusk-John Fante
  27. Assassination Vacation-Sarah Vowell
  28. A Suitable Boy-Vikram Seth
  29. Atlas Shrugged-Ayn Rand (1168)
  30. At Home in Mitford-Jan Karon (413)
  31. Atonement-Ian McEwan (351)
  32. A Town Like Alice-Nevil Shute
  33. Autobiography of a Face-Lucy Grealy
  34. The Awakening-Kate Chopin
  35. Bag of Bones-Stephen King (732)
  36. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress-Dai Sijie
  37. The Beautiful and the Damned-F. Scott Fitzgerald (370)
  38. The Beauty Myth-Naomi Wolf
  39. Beloved-Toni Morrison
  40. The Best of Me-Nicholas Sparks (333)
  41. Better Off Friends-Elizabeth Eulberg
  42. The Bielski Brothers:The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, And Saved 1200 Jews-Peter Duffy
  43. Birdsong-Sebastian Faulk
  44. Bleak House-Charles Dickens
  45. Blue Zones-Dan Buettner (267)
  46. The Bonesetter’s Daughter-Amy Tan (403)
  47. Brave New World-Aldous Huxley (259)
  48. Bread and Wine-Ignazio Silone
  49. Brick Lane-Monica Ali (415)
  50. Brideshead Revisited-Evelyn Waugh
  51. Bridget Jones’s Diary-Helen Fielding
  52. The Brothers Karamazov-Fyodor Dostoevsky (702)
  53. Candide-Voltaire (144)
  54. Cannery Row-John Steinbeck
  55. The Canterbury Tales-Chaucer (383)
  56. Carrie-Stephen King
  57. Cassette From My Ex-Jason Bitner (212)
  58. The Casual Vacancy-JK Rowling (503)
  59. Cat’s Cradle-Kurt Vonnegut  (287)
  60. Chasers of the Light-Tyler Knott Gregson (136)
  61. The Children’s Hour-Lillian Hellman
  62. The Children of Henry VIII-Alison Weir (366)
  63. Children of the River-Linda Crew
  64. A Clockwork Orange-Anthony Burgess
  65. The Code of the Woosters-PG Wodehouse
  66. Cold Comfort Farm-Stella Gibbons
  67. The Color Purple-Alice Walker (295)
  68. A Confederacy of Dunces-John Kennedy Toole
  69. The Confessions of Nat Turner-Honore De Balzac
  70. The Count of Monte Cristo-Alexandre Dumas
  71. Cousin Bette-Honor’e de Balzac (440)
  72. The Crack Up-F. Scott Fitzgerald (347)
  73. Crime and Punishment-Fyodor Dostoevsky (522)
  74. The Crimson Petal and the White-Michael Faber
  75. The Crucible-Arthur Miller (134)
  76. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time-Mark Haddon
  77. Cujo-Stephen King
  78. Daisy Miller-Henry James
  79. Darkness at Noon-Arthur Koestler
  80. Daughter of Fortune-Isabel Allende (399)
  81. Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor
  82. David Copperfield-Charles Dickens (729)
  83. Dead Souls-Nikolai Gogol
  84. Death of a Salesman-Arthur Miller (139)
  85. The Davinci Code-Dan Brown
  86. The Deerslayer-James Fenemore Cooper
  87. Demons-Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  88. Deenie-Judy Blume
  89. The Devil in the White City-Erik Larson (390)
  90. Diary of Anne Frank-Anne Frank
  91. Divergent-Veronica Roth (487)
  92. The Divine Comedy-Dante
  93. The Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood-Rebecca Wells (356)
  94. Don Quijote-Cervantes (891)
  95. Dostoevsky’s Democracy-Nancy Ruttenberg (249)
  96. Double or Nothing-Raymond Federman
  97. Dracula-Bram Stroker
  98. Driving Miss Daisy-Alfred Uhrv
  99. Dr. Zhivago-Boris Pasternak (559)
  100. Dune-Frank Herbert
  101. East of Eden-John Steinbeck
  102. Eleanor & Park-Rainbow Rowell
  103. The Electric Kool-Aid Test-Tom Wolfe
  104. Ella Minnow Pea:A Novel in Letters-Mark Dunn
  105. Emma-Jane Austen
  106. Empires of World: A Language History of the World-Nicholas Ostler (559)
  107. Ethan Frome-Edith Wharton
  108. Eva Luna-Isabel Allende
  109. Extravagance-Gary Krist
  110. Empire Falls-Richard Russo
  111. Everything Is Illuminated-Jonathan Safran Foer
  112. The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (277)
  113. Far From the Madding Crowd-Thomas Hardy
  114. Feed-M.T. Anderson
  115. Fiddler on the Roof-Joseph Stein
  116. The Five People You Meet in Heaven-Mitch Albom (207)
  117. Finnegan’s Wake-James Joyce
  118. The First Part Last-Angela Johnson
  119. The Fixer-Bernard Malamerd
  120. Fletch-Gregory McDonald
  121. The Fortress of Solitude-Johnathan Lethem
  122. The Fountainhead-Ayn Rand
  123. Frankenstein-Mary Shelley
  124. Freaky Friday-Mary Rodgers
  125. Germinal-Emile Zola
  126. Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie-Ole E. Rovaarg (531)
  127. Gidget-Frederick Kohner
  128. Girl, Interrupted-Susanna Kaysen
  129. Girl With the Dragon Tattoo-Stieg Larsson (590)
  130. The Girl With the Pearl Earring-Tracy Chevalier (233)
  131. The Glass Castle: A Memoir-Jeanette Walls (288)
  132. The Godfather-Mario Puzo
  133. The God of Small Things-Arundhati Roy
  134. Going Bovine-Libba Bray
  135. The Golden Compass-Philip Pullman
  136. Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn (415)
  137. The Good Earth-Pearl S. Buck
  138. The Good Soldier-Ford Maddox Ford (229)
  139. The Graduate-Charles Webb
  140. The Grapes of Wrath-John Steinbeck (406)
  141. Great Expectations-Charles Dickens (380)
  142. The Great Gatsby-F. Scott Fitzgerald (180)
  143. The Gulag Archipelago-Alexander I. Solzhnitsky
  144. Gulliver’s Travels-Jonathon Swift (295)
  145. Hamlet-William Shakespeare
  146. The Handmaid’s Tale-Margaret Atwood (311)
  147. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter-Carson McCollers (359)
  148. Heart of Darkness-Joseph Conrad (72)
  149. Heidi-Johanna Spyri (324)
  150. High Fidelity-NIck Hornby
  151. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-Douglas Adams
  152. The Hobbit-J. R. R. Tolkein
  153. The Holy Barbarians-Lawrence Lipton
  154. House of Sand and Fog-Andre Dubus |||
  155. How I Live Now-Meg Rosoff
  156. How The Light Gets In-MJ Hyland
  157. How To Breathe Underwater-Julie Orringer
  158. The Hunchback of Notre Dame-Victor Hugo (416)
  159. I Am Malala- Malala Yousafzai (328)
  160. If I Stay-Gayle Forman
  161. The Iliad-Homer
  162. In Cold Blood-Truman Capote
  163. In Country-Bobbie Ann Mason
  164. Infinite Jest-David Foster Wallace (1079)
  165. Inherent Vice-Thomas Pynchon (369)
  166. Inherit the Wind-Jerome Lawrence
  167. Insurgent-Veronica Roth (525)
  168. Inventing English-Seth Lerer (269)
  169. Ivanhoe-Walter Scott
  170. Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte (456)
  171. Jellicoe Road-Melina Marchetta (419)
  172. Journey to the Center of the Earth-Jules Verne (272)
  173. The Joy Luck Club-Amy Tan (288)
  174. Jude the Obscure-Thomas Hardy
  175. The Jungle-Upton Sinclair (343)
  176. Just A Couple of Days-Tony Vigorito
  177. Kit’s Wilderness-David Almond
  178. The Last of the Mohicans-James Feinmore Cooper (415)
  179. The Last Tycoon-F. Scott Fitzgerald (163)
  180. Les Miserables-Victor Hugo (829)
  181. Less Than Zero-Brett Easton Ellis (208)
  182. Let It Snow-John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
  183. The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald (605)
  184. Life After Life-Kate Atkinson (527)
  185. LIfe of Pi-Yann Martel (319)
  186. Lisa and David-Dr. Theodore Isaac Rubin MD
  187. The Little Prince-Antoine de-Saint Exupery
  188. Little Women-Louisa May Alcott (469)
  189. Lolita-Vladimir Nabokov
  190. Looking For Alaska-John Green (221)
  191. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake-Anna Quindlen
  192. Love Letters to the Dead-Ava Dellaira
  193. Love Story-Erich Segal
  194. Loves Music, Loves to Dance-Mary Higgins Clark (304)
  195. Loving-Henry Green
  196. The Lucky One-Nicholas Sparks (326)
  197. Lullaby-Chuck Palahniuk (260)
  198. Madame Bovary-Gustave Flaubert (224)
  199. Main Street-Sinclair Lewis
  200. Man and Superman-George Bernard Shaw
  201. The Manticore-Robertson Davies
  202. The Man Who Cast Two Shadows-Carol O’Connell (308)
  203. The Members of the Wedding-Carson McCollers
  204. Memoirs of a Geisha-Arthur Golden (428)
  205. The Metamorphosis-Franz Kafka
  206. Middlemarch-George Eliot
  207. Midnight’s Children-Salman Rushdie
  208. The Miracle Worker-William Gibson
  209. Mockingjay-Suzanne Collins (390)
  210. Monster-Walter Dean Myers (281)
  211. More Than This-Patrick Ness
  212. The Most Dangerous Game-Richard Connell
  213. A Moveable Feast-Ernest Hemingway
  214. Mrs. Dalloway-Virginia Woolf (194)
  215. The Name of the Rose-Umberto Eco
  216. The New Way Things Work-David Macaulay
  217. Night-Elie Wiesel
  218. Nighttime is My Time-Mary Higgins Clark (370)
  219. Nineteen Eighty Four-George Orwell (267)
  220. Northanger Abbey-Jane Austen
  221. Notes From A Small Island-Bill Bryson
  222. Notes From Underground-Fyodor Dostoevsky (113)
  223. Notes of A Dirty Old Man-Charles Bukowski
  224. Not That Kind of Girl-Lena Dunham (262)
  225. Of Human Bondage- William Somerset Maugham
  226. Old School-Tobias Wolff
  227. Oliver Twist-Charles Dickens
  228. On the Road-Jack Kerouac
  229. On the Street Where You Live-Mary Higgins Clark (173)
  230. One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich-Alexander I. Solzhnitsky
  231. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-Ken Kesey (272)
  232. One Hundred Years of Solitude-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  233. Oracle Night-Paul Auster
  234. Oryx and Crake-Margaret Atwood (374)
  235. The Outsiders-SE Hinton
  236. Paper Towns-John Green ( 305)
  237. Paradise Lost-John Milton
  238. The Patriotic Murders-Agatha Christie (228)
  239. Peace Breaks Out-John Knowles
  240. Persuasion-Jane Austen (238)
  241. The Picture of Dorian Gray-Oscar Wilde (241)
  242. The Pit and the Pendulum-Edgar Allen Poe
  243. Possession-AS Byatt (555)
  244. Postcards From No Man’s Land-Aidan Chambers
  245. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen
  246. Property-Valerie Martin
  247. Pygmalion-George Bernard Shaw
  248. A Quiet Storm-Rachel Howzell Hall
  249. The Razor’s Edge-W. Somerset Maugham
  250. The Real McCoy-Darin Strauss (324)
  251. Rebecca-Daphne du Maurier
  252. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm-Kate Douglas Wiggin
  253. The Red Tent-Anita Diamant
  254. The Romanov Sisters:The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra-Helen Rappaport
  255. A Room of One’s Own-Virginia Woolf
  256. A Room With A View-EM Forster
  257. Sacred Time-Ursula Hegi
  258. Saint Joan-George Bernard Shaw
  259. Sanctuary-William Faulkner
  260. The Scarlet Letter-Nathaniel Hawthorne (216)
  261. Schindler’s List-Thomas Keneally (397)
  262. The Secret History-Donna Tartt
  263. Sense And Sensibility-Jane Austen (261)
  264. The Shadow of the Wind-Carlos Ruiz Zafon (480)
  265. The Shining-Stephen King (447)
  266. Ship Breaker-Paolo Bacigalupi
  267. Small Island-Andrea Levy
  268. The Song of Names-Norman Lebrecht
  269. Sons and Lovers-D.H. Laurence
  270. Sophie’s Choice-William Styron
  271. The Sound and the Fury-William Faulkner
  272. Stiff: The Mysterious Life of Human Cadavers-Mary Roach (292)
  273. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-Robert Louis Stevenson
  274. Speak, Memory-Vladimir Nabokov
  275. A Streetcar Named Desire-Tennessee Williams
  276. Sun Also Rises-Ernest Hemingway
  277. Sybil-Flora Rheta Shrieber
  278. A Tale of Two Cities-Charles Dickens
  279. Tess d’Ubervilles-Thomas Hardy (490)
  280. These Broken Stars-Aime Kaufman
  281. Time And Again-Jack Finney
  282. The Time Traveler’s Wife-Audrey Niffenegger (517)
  283. To Have and To Have Not-Ernest Hemingway
  284. The Trial-Franz Kafka (286)
  285. Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives-Sarah Weinman (352)
  286. Tuesdays With Morrie-Mitch Albom
  287. Two Little Girls in Blue-Mary Higgins Clark (390)
  288. Ulysses-James Joyce
  289. Unless-Carol Shields
  290. Valley of the Dolls-Jacqueline Sussan
  291. Vanity Fair-William Makepeace Thackeray
  292. War And Peace-Leo Tolstoy (1116)
  293. The Wasp Factory-Iain Banks
  294. Watership Down-Richard Adams
  295. Weep No More My Lady-Mary Higgins Clark (360)
  296. We Were Liars-E Lockhart (225)
  297. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane-Henry Farrell
  298. When It Happens-Susane Colasanti
  299. Where’d You Go, Bernadette?-  Maria Semple (321)
  300. Where the Heart Is-Billie Letts (358)
  301. Where Things Come Back-John Corey Whaling
  302. Wild-Cheryl Strayed
  303. Will Grayson, Will Grayson-John Green (310)
  304. The Wind in the Willows-Kenneth Grahame
  305. The Woman in White-Wilkie Collins
  306. Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte (320)
  307. The Year of Magical Thinking-Joan Didion

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