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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