50 Books to read before you die!

My parents have always been a huge inspiration for me, and to inspire me further one Christmas my mum bought me a fantastic bookmark, inscribed with 50 books which I apparently must read before I die. Since I’m blogging about what I’m reading I thought I may as well share this list with you- how many have you read?!


  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy- J. R.R. Tolkien
  2. 1984- George Orwell
  3. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  4. The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
  6. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
  7. Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
  8. A Passage to India- E. M. Forster
  9. The Lord of The Flies- William Golding
  10. Hamlet- William Shakespeare
  11. A bend In The River- V. S. Naipaul
  12. The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitszgerald
  13. The Catcher in The Rye- J. D. Salinger
  14. The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
  15. Brave New World- Aldous Huxley
  16. The Diary of Anne Frank- Anne Frank
  17. Don Quixote- Miguel De Cervantes
  18. The Bible- Various Authors
  19. The Canterbury Tales- Geoffrey Chaucer
  20. Ulysses- James Joyce
  21. The Quiet American- Graham Greene
  22. Birdsong- Sebastian Faulks
  23. Money- Martin Amis
  24. Harry Potter Series- J. K. Rowling
  25. Moby Dick- Herman Melville
  26. The Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame
  27. His Dark Materials Trilogy- Philip Pullman
  28. Anna Karenina- Leo Toistoy
  29. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
  30. Rebecca- Daphne du Maurier
  31. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time- Mark Haddon
  32. On the Road- Jack Kerouac
  33. Heart of Darkness- Joseph Conrad
  34. The Way We Live Now- Anthony Trollope
  35. The Outsider- Albert Camus
  36. The Colour Purple- Alice Walker
  37. Life of Pi- Yann Martel
  38. Frankenstein- Mary Shelley
  39. The War of the Worlds- H. G. Wells
  40. Men Without Women- Ernest Hemingway
  41. Gulliver’s Travels- Johnathon Swift
  42. A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens
  43. Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
  44. Robinson Crusoe- Daniel Defoe
  45. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest- Ken Kesey
  46. Catch 22- Joseph Heller
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo- Alexander Dumas
  48. Memoirs of a Geisha- Arthur Golden
  49. The Divine Comedy- Alighieri Dante
  50. The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde

73 responses to “50 Books to read before you die!

  1. authordawnmarie

    A few of these are on my book shelf.


  2. I have read the harry potter books (4 of them),Huckleberry Finn and Life of Pi


  3. I’ve read 30 of them. Several of them I have very consciously decided not to read. The list is very limited. I could make more than 50 suggestions that I think would be better than many in your list. That aside, I do like your site. I finished my MA in 1997 where I read “the greats.” I used to read the New York Times book section to find recently published books to read, but for the past 10 years, I stopped, and I am sure I have missed reading many good modern, newly published book. Your site helps me to find them, and I thank you for that. I enjoy your site very much, and will be following you until you quit which I hope won’t be anytime soon. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of books–old and new,

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