Ingram’s 100 Books to Read Before You Die

So, a little while ago, I was searching for a book to read and I happen to have found BBC’s Top 100 Books You Need to Read Before You Die. Truth be told, I had not read every single book on the list but I had read quite a few such as Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I had read most of the Holy Bible (and I am not even religious), and even the His Dark Materials Trilogy. So while I was looking at this list, I wanted to create my own, completely under the basis that I had not read a single book on my list.

So I figured, since from what I have noticed many of my readers are bookworms themselves, I wanted to share my list with you. But don’t forget that after you read my list, to tell me what you thought of any of the books on my list and what was your score when you clicked on that link above?

I elected to not give an opinion of why I put each book on the list, most of them are simply because they are classics, some were political that fascinated me, and some of them had topics that were interesting to me.

Also, if you have your own list. I wanna see it so please send it to me! If you click on Contact then it will immediately take you to see some of the ways to contact me or you can message me on Twitter @ShesWritingMore.


1. All About Love by Bell Hooks.


2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.


3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.



4. Slaughterhouse- Five by Kurt Vonnegut.



5. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray.



6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker.



7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett.


— I actually started writing this blog from like day one, originally planning it to be one of my first posts I ever published but in the time that I had been working on it, which was originally a lot more complicated, I had already read the novel but elected not to post a book review of it. Though, sometime I would like to go back and fix that, once I reread it.


8. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.


9. The Secret Garden by Francis Hogdson Burnett.


10. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.


11. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.


12. The Jungle Book by Ridyard Kipling.


13. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.


14. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.


15. The Book Thief by Markus Zusack.

— Clearly, I had already finished this one. I even posted a book review of it.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak : Book Review


16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck.


17. The Flowers in the Attic Series by V.C. Andrews.


18. The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall.


19. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.


20. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.


21. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell.


22. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.


23. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.


24. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.


25. Persuasion by Jane Austen.


26. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.


— Another one of the books I have finished before posting this.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden : Book Review


27. Animal Farm by George Orwell.


28. Life of Pi by Yann Martu.


29. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.


30. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

— I randomly like picking up a book from this list when I’m in a reading slump. I actually posted this book review last month.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold : Book Review


31. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.


32. Dante’s Inferno by Dante Alighieri.


33. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint- Exupery.


34. Watership Down by Richard Adams.


35. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.


36. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.


37. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


38. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.


39. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.


40. Fahrenheit- 451 by Ray Bradbury.


41. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.


42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.


43. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.


44. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


45. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frank.


46. Valley of the Dolls by Jacquelin Susann.


47. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.


48. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.


49. The Plague by Albert Camus.


50. The Art of War by Sun Tzu.


51. The Princess Bride by William Goldman.


52. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud.


53. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan.


54. 10 Things I Hate About You by David Levithan.


55. The Legends of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.


56. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler.


57. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx.


58. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron.


59. The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot.


60. The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.


61. Number of Stars by Lois Lowery.


62. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.


63. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.


64. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.


65. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.


66. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman.


67. The Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.


68. Night to Remember by Walter Lord.


69. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.


70. Futility by Morgan Robertson.


71. 11/22/63 by Stephen King.


72. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain.


73. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe.


74. The Once and Future King by T.H. White.


75. The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White.


76. Avalon High by Meg Cabot.


77. The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White.


78. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.


79. Utopia by Sir Thomas More.


80. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.


81. Moby Dick by Herman Melville.


82. Beowulf by Anonymous.


83. The Aenid by Vergil.


84. The Metamorphoses by Ovid.


85. White Fang by Jack London.


86. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.


87. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.


88. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


89. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.


90. Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.


91. Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum.


92. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr.


93. Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff.


94. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.


95. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson.


96. Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle- Suzanne Barbot.

— I was really disappointed by this story but I’m glad that I got the opportunity to read it.

Beauty and the Beast (1740) : Book Review


97. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales Stories by the Grimm’s Brothers.


98. The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix.


99. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf.


100. The Odyssey by Homer.



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