Tuesday, 7 January 2014

101 Books to read before you die

I love reading but unfortunately in the past year I haven't been able to read as many books as I'd have liked to. I also really love lists that I can tick off so I thought I'd marry the two so that I have an excuse to read. I didn't compile this list, I got it from a blog ages ago and I unfortunately can't find the link for it, oops! I will be posting reviews and the like of all the books that I read for this list. It would be really fun if we read along together, don't you think? If you'd like this list, I have a link at the end for you to download it. 
Here's my progress so far:

101 Books to read before you die

     1.     The Lord of the Rings- JRR Tolkein
    2.    The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
    3.    Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
    4.    To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
    5.    The Harry Potter series- JK Rowling
    6.    The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingslover
    7.    The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
    8.    Life of Pi- Yann Martel
    9.    The Da Vinci Code- Dan Brown
   10.   The God of Small Things- Arundhati Roy
    11.    Memoirs of a Geisha- Arthur Golden
   12.   Spud- John Van de Ruit
   13.   The Power of One- Bryce Courtney
   14.   The Hobbit- JRR Tolkein
   15.   Captain Corelli’s Mandolin- Louis de Bernieres
   16.   Shantaram- Gregory David Roberts
   17.   Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
   18.   Catcher in the Rye- JD Salinger
   19.   Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
   20.   The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams
   21.   One Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
   22.   Disgrace- JM Coetzee
   23.   My Sister’s Keeper- Jodi Piccoult
   24.   The Time Traveller’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger
   25.   Birdsong- Sebastian Faulkes
   26.   Catch 22- Joseph Heller
   27.   Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follett
   28.   Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchel
   29.   Cry, the Beloved Country- Alan Paton
   30.   The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
   31.   A Fine Balance- Rohinston Mistry
   32.   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time- Mark Haddon
   33.   Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
   34.   Atonement- Ian McEwan
   35.   Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand
   36.   The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck
   37.   The English Patient- Michael Ondaatje
   38.   Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
   39.   Midnight’s Children- Salmon Rushdrie
   40.   Love in the Time of Cholera-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
   41.   The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon
   42.   I Know This Much is True- Wally Lamb
   43.   A Suitable Boy- Vikram Seth
   44.   1984- George Orwell
   45.   War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy
   46.   Clan of the Cave Bear- Jean M. Auel
   47.   The Unbearable Lightness of Being- Milan Kundera
   48.   The Little Prince- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
   49.   The Secret History- Donna Tartt
   50.   Possession- AS Byatt
   51.   Perfume- Patrick Suskind
   52.   The House of the Spirits- Isabel Allende
   53.   Chocolat- Joanne Harris
   54.   No.1 Ladies Detective Agency- Alexander McCall Smith
   55.   Q+A- Vikas Swarrup
   56.   Dune- Frank Herbert
   57.   Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame
   58.   Fugitive Pieces- Anne Michaels
   59.   River God- Wilbur Smith
   60.   Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
   61.   Lord of the Flies- William Golding
   62.   The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe- CS Lewis
   63.   Mort- Terry Pratchett
   64.   Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
   65.   The Blind Assassin- Margaret Atwood
   66.   East of Eden- John Steinbeck
   67.   The Name of the Rose- Umberto Eco
   68.   The Other Boleyn Girl- Philippa Gregory
   69.   The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne
   70.   The Prince of Tides- Pat Conroy
   71.   Rebecca- Daphne du Maurier
   72.   Bridget Jones’ Diary- Helen Fielding
   73.   The Shippping News- E. Annie Proulx
   74.   Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
   75.   Animal Farm- George Orwell
   76.   The Red Tent- Anita Diament
   77.   Watership Down- Richard Adams
   78.   Magician- Raymond E. Feist
   79.   Middlemarch- George Eliot
   80.   The Day of the Jackal- Frederick Forsyth
   81.   We Need to Talk About Kevin- Lionel Shriver
   82.   The Magus- John Fowles
   83.   The Remain of the Day- Kazuo Ishiguro
   84.   Agaat- Marlene Van Niekirk
   85.   The Count of Monte Carlo- Alexandre Dumas
   86.   The Shell Seekers- Rosamunde Pilcher
   87.   The Colour Purple- Alice Walker
   88.  The Beach House- James Patterson
   89.   Doctor Zhivago- Boris Pasternak
   90.   Circles in a Forrest (Kringe in ‘n bos)- Dalene Matthee
   91.   The World According to Garp- John Irving
   92.   Northern Lights- Philip Pullman
   93.   Middlesex- Jeffrey Eugenides
   94.   Shades- Maeguerite Poland
   95.   Kane and Abel- Jeffrey Archer
   96.   Fiela’s Child (Fiela se Kind)- Dalene Matthee
   97.   Story of an African Farm- Olive Schreiner
   98.   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
   99.   The Magic Faraway Tree- Enid Blyton
  100.  Things Fall Apart- Chinera Achebe
  101.  Winnie the Pooh- AA Milne

    If you want to download the list so that you can see how many of the books you've read, here's the link to the PDF file that you can download to Google Drive. I really hope this works, I've never done this before!


    Here's a video where I talk about the books that I've read from this list:

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    1. Lovely Blog Edel, Great book list! I am a new follower, please check out my blog if you get a chance! xxx

    2. Great list.Thanks for sharing.I'm not a bookie but love to read when I'm alone.Will try read some books from this list.


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