Friday 15 August 2014

Amazon's Top 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime - Plus Free A4 and FilofaxPrintables

Amanda Kennedy

I love book lists. They offer me new and unexpected titles to look out for; books I might not otherwise read.

So when Amazon published a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, I couldn’t resist typing out the whole thing to keep in my bag; something I could refer to (and tick off) when browsing the bookshelves at my favourite haunts.

After the jump, you’ll find the complete list (in alphabetical order). If you prefer, simply download the A4 sized PDF printable.

I’ve also developed a printable for Personal sized Filofaxes (which I’m currently using). This is designed to be printed on both sides of A$ paper - download here.

Feel free to print, reblog and share! I love great literature and am slowly working my way through the list, finding some unexpectedly wonderful reads along the way. I hope you will enjoy it too.

Amazon’s List of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

A bucket list of books to create a well read life from the Amazon book editors.

  1. 1984by George Orwell - Meet Big Brother

  2. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – Explore the universe

  3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers – Memoir as metafiction

  4. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - A child soldier’s story

  5. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – Wicked good fun

  6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madelaine L'Engle – The 60’s kids classic

  7. Alice Munro: Selected Stories by Alice Munroe – A short-form master

  8. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol – Go down the rabbit hole

  9. All The Presidents Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein – Unseated a president

  10. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt – An Irish-American memoir

  11. Are you There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – The angst of adolescence

  12. Bel Canto by Ann Patchet – A literary page-turner

  13. Beloved by Toni Morrison – The ghosts of slavery

  14. Born To Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall – Why and how we run

  15. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat – A journey from Haiti

  16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – Launched it’s own catchphrase

  17. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – Vintage Roald Dahl

  18. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – The timeless classic

  19. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese – Ambitious and humane

  20. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown – Vulnerability breeds courage

  21. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney – For reluctant readers

  22. Dune by Frank Herbert – Classic science fiction

  23. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - “It was a pleasure to burn”.

  24. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson – Gonzo journalism takes flight

  25. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Marriage can be a real killer

  26. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – first published in 1947

  27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Dicken’s best novel

  28. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond – Understanding societies

  29. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Meet the wizard

  30. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – True crime at it’s best

  31. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri – Award-winning short story debut

  32. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – A literary milestone

  33. Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware – A brilliant graphic novel

  34. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain – Don’t eat while you read this

  35. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – One of the best of 2013

  36. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Childhood on the Prarie

  37. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – Nabokov’s triumph

  38. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – A Latin American masterpiece

  39. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich – A saga set on the reservation

  40. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl – A life-changing book

  41. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris – Funny and poignant

  42. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – A beautifully-written novel

  43. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – Rushdie’s breakthrough

  44. Moneyball by Michael Lewis – Lewis hits it out of the park

  45. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham – A writer’s writer

  46. On the Road by Jack Kerouac – The essence of the Beats

  47. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen – A remarkable woman’s story

  48. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – A groundbreaking graphic novel

  49. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth – Roth at his finest

  50. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen – The perennial favourite

  51. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson – The birth of ecology

  52. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – The absurdist WWII novel

  53. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin – How Lincoln led

  54. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - 19th century high-society

  55. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon – Chabon’s Magnum Opus

  56. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley – A classic modern autobiography

  57. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – The international sensation

  58. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – The trials of a “ghetto nerd”

  59. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Meet Holden Caulfield

  60. The Color of Water by James McBride – Exploring a mother’s past

  61. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen – Great, but divisive

  62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson – A triumph of narrative non-fiction

  63. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank – Moving and eloquent

  64. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – A soulful young adult novel

  65. The Giver by Lois Lowry – Classic dystopia

  66. The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – Pullman’s fantasy classic

  67. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – The rich are different…

  68. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Feminist speculative fiction

  69. The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne – A boy, a bear, a honeypot

  70. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Reality TV writ large

  71. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – Race, ethics and medicine

  72. The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr – A darkly funny memoir

  73. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan – Monsters, mythology and a boy

  74. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Unique and universal

  75. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler – First rate Chandler noir

  76. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright – The history of terrorism

  77. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – One ring to rule them all

  78. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks – A deeply human account

  79. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan – The origins of food

  80. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – An odd and original journey

  81. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver – Missionaries in Africa

  82. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro – The Enforcer

  83. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe – The inner life of astronauts

  84. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – This way to the Apocalypse

  85. The Secret History by Donna Tartt – A modern classic

  86. The Shining by Stephen King – Chilling and thrilling

  87. The Stranger by Albert Camus – Existentialist fiction

  88. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway – Meet the lost generation

  89. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien – The best book on Vietnam

  90. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Baby’s first book

  91. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – Mole, Toad, Rat and Badger

  92. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami – From the modern Japanese master

  93. The World According to Garp by John Irving – Beware the “undertoad”

  94. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – Life, Love, Death

  95. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe – Tradition vs. change

  96. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – A beloved family story

  97. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – An American inspiration

  98. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – Addictively entertaining

  99. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein – The joys of imagination

  100. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – Let the wild rumpus start!
Which titles have you read (and most importantly, enjoyed)?

Amanda Kennedy / Book Blogger, Writer & Editor

Amanda is a lifelong learner and book lover who lives in the North of England with her family and several cats. She writes book reviews, literary news and bookish articles here on All My Pretty Books.

To learn more about Amanda's own work, visit her personal website.


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