Amazons 100 books to read in a lifetime tag

Hello all! Well this seemed like a game too fun to pass up- thank you so much to the awesome Samantha@Modern Witch’s Bookshelf and the lovely Amy @Curiouser and Curiouser for tagging me!

How to Play:

  1. Include a link back to Amazon’s official 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
  2. Tag Perfectly Tolerable, the creator of this meme
  3. Tag the person who nominated you
  4. Copy the list of books and indicate which titles you have read.
  5. Tally up your total.
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and share your total count.
  7. Tag five new people and comment on one of their posts to let them know.
Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
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
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  Yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
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 Yes
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn  Yes
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
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 Yes
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Yes
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez Yes
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl Yes
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie Yes
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac Yes
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak Yes
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
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Yes
The House at Pooh Corner 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 Houghton Mifflin 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
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy Yes
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway Yes
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Yes
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe Yes
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

I’ve read 41 books, which is alright. I’ll be blunt though- I don’t really trust Amazon’s version of “100 books” for the simple reason that they want you to *buy* books. That may explain why I don’t many of the usual classics, which are out of copyright, on here… Maybe (or maybe this is just me putting on my tinfoil hat yelling “argh the moon landing’s not real!” 😉 ) Perhaps I should just blindly trust the big corporation…

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Either way, I usually like these lists as tips on what to read, but here there were only a handful of I actually want/plan to read. As fun as this was, I recommend giving some other 100 books to read before you die lists a go… like this one 😉

A lot of people have done this already so I’m just tagging Bookstooge, Lucinda, Briana & Krysta @Pages Unbound and anyone else who wants to do it for this one.

Have you read any of these? Do you recommend any I haven’t read? Let me know in the comments!

82 thoughts on “Amazons 100 books to read in a lifetime tag

  1. I knew you’d have read a ton! Double my count! I definitely prefer your second list that you shared on that link. There are so many more entertaining books on that one. I will join you in donning the tinfoil hat, hahahaha.

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  2. I really like these kinds of lists, or rather I really like going through them and seeing how many (or how few) of them I have read. 😀 You have read quiet a lot of them, that’s really great! If I counted correctly I have read 15 in total. Great post!!

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  3. I love this kind of list! I only have 25 from this one…41 is impressive! I agree that this list seems a bit tilted toward more faddish books that they can make money on (no Shakespeare, Twain, or Stevenson?!).

    I once collated 11 “top 100 (or top 50) books you should read” lists, retaining anything that appeared on two or more and then arranging it by frequency in a master list. I ended up with 210 different books (of which I’ve read 68).

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    1. Me too!! Love these cos they help me find new, good books. I know- the point when I noticed there was no Shakespeare I just got very sceptical. And Twain and Stevenson are nearly always on these lists- and rightly so!

      Oh that’s a brilliant way to do it!! I went through a number of these lists too, though not nearly so methodically and have been adding books from them to my tbr for years- I think it’s really helpful!

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  4. 41 is awesome! It is the second highest count I have seen (I saw a comment by a teacher who had read 47)

    I definitely would not use this as the be all end all list of books to read either. The amazon list was just the one that gave me the idea to create the tag 🙂 In general I love lists haha. I like the BBC one you included! I have read 34 of the books, with 2 more I started but didn’t finish (as opposed to the 21 I read from the Amazon list)

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  5. 41 is still quite a bit for this list. You are quite right though in their motives for their list since it seems to be a huge variety like they are trying to fit in something for every type of reader.

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  6. I just had this feeling that you would have read as many or as close to as many from this list as me!! 😉 You are the only other person that I’ve seen with this high a number though, lol. Not sure what that says about us hahaha! 🙂 I haven’t done the actual tag though…I just keep adding my reads up when I look at people’s post, and it has jogged my memories of books that I’d forgotten that I’d read (more’s the pity for some)! Agreed though that the Amazon list is not the be all end all list of books to read, but it is rather diverse in genre, etc. However, I do love the BBC one that you linked since I’ve read 71 of those LOL (another thing with being an English Lit professor with a concentration in British Lit and gothic lit is over half of those on the BBC list are degree specific)!

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    1. hehehe thanks 😉 hahahaha that we’re awesome bookworms 😉 hehehe I get that 😉 That’s cool. Yes that’s true and a good point. hehe awesome- and snap by the way 😉 (at last count- I’ve been using that list as a guide for a long time 😉 ) hehehe it helped that I’ve studied quite a bit of gothic literature too 😉

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      1. Haha, yes, we are awesome bookworms! You should make a 100 BBC book list tag 😉 With all the classics on it, I wonder how many people have read compared to the Amazon one. Yes, I was doing my 300 page dissertation for my PhD on gothic lit from the 1700s to modern day, so I’m loaded with those haha 🙂

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  7. I’m impressed you have read so many of them. To be honest I don’t fancy reading quite a large proportion of them anyway.

    I have read only 7 from the Amazon list but 28 from the BBC one. I think you are right to suspect their motives (Amazon). No Dracula? really???

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  8. I’ve only read 11 out of those, but I do own a couple more than that, just never read it. However, I don’t think you can do this the same way for every country? There are some stories, especially for kids and teens that are more famous in the English language than in any other. Whereas Charlotte’s Web is a big thing in one place, people of another country may never even have heard of it. I don’t know hahaha that’s just what I thought while I was browsing the list.

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  9. I was actually a little bit surprised by how many of these books I’d read! I can’t say I’ve gotten though 41 like you but there were definitely more than I thought that I’d be able to tick off a well, and there are even a few that are currently on my to-read list as well!
    I don’t tend to trust lists like these either, mainly because they seem to lean towards classics and I don’t really buy those either. If there was a list of 100 YA books to read in a lifetime, or 100 Fantasy books to read in a lifetime I’d be able to tick off so many more of those for sure! 😀
    Great post. 🙂 ❤

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  10. Thank you for tagging me! I’ve read 28 books (I think – I’ll have to double check a couple of titles). I still haven’t read the Handmaids Tale (I’m a guilty feminist) and some of the kids books like the very hungry caterpillar….maybe I’ve read them but I would have been about four so I’m not sure! I definitely didn’t own it…I’ll have to ask my mum. I noticed you hadn’t read Persepolis, which is amazing – if you’re ok with a cartoon strip style I think you’d really enjoy it. 😊

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      1. Yay, looking forward to seeing what you think! I’m tempted to re-read that one soon. I read it before I even started this blog I think. I really want to make re-reading stuff more of a priority this year. Which was your favourite of the books on this list that you have read?

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        1. Awesome- I’m glad it’s so good! Gosh hard question! I’ve quite a few I wouldn’t choose between I’m afraid: 1984, great expectations, man’s search for meaning, book thief, gatsby, northern lights, phantom tollbooth and to kill a mockingbird (sorry the list isn’t shorter!)

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          1. Haha, don’t worry, a list of great books can never be too long! I have read quite a few of these and definitely agree with your selections 😀 I need to finish Great Expectations (I read about half of it a few years ago), and I haven’t read Man’s Search for Meaning, or Phantom Tollbooth so I might have to check those out. 🙂

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  11. 41 is clearly insane. I didn’t even bother trying. On that note, I’m in love with that BBC list. My score was loooowww. I might make that my reading list for the year, so thanks a bunch for posting it!

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  12. I’ve only read 22… which is kind of depressing when you think about it lol Should my bookworm card be revoked?

    I just read The Sun Also Rises back in November and I must admit I found it rather boring and oddly narrated… It felt a little like The Great Gatsby, which I enjoyed much more.

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    1. hehehe I think it’s fine- it seems like a pretty mixed jumble of books tbh.

      Yes, I’m not actually a fan of the Sun Also Rises and love Gatsby. Funnily enough, I was actually having a discussion today about Hemmingway vs Fitzgerald- they’re both well written books, but the one you like says a lot about the type of styles that you prefer (I have a preference for lyrical writing- though there’s plenty to be said positively about clarity, it just appeals to me less)

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  13. These lists usually puts me to shame by telling me how behind I am on reading some of the most popular books ever hahahah I still love them a lot for pointing at all those books that could potentially interest me. But wow, 41 is still amazing! I’m not surprised that you’ve read that many though. You have the reading speed of The Flash or something yo. 😀 😀

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