1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

1001As so many other bloggers and readers, I’ve jumped 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die band wagon. And well, there has been three updated versions so far (and I’m guessing there might be one more this year), so the list doesn’t contain only 1001 books anymore. Now it’s 1305. Now, I haven’t dropped everything else in order to read the list. I’m hoping to get through it but I’m going a bit slow. I use it as inspiration as to which novels have been important and influential throughout the history of the novel and even though I  like crossing books off the list, I’m not putting a lot of focus on this. Slow and steady is my motto for this list.
Here’s my list of the ones I’ve read so far – with links to the ones, I’ve written reviews of on the blog. (The other reviews (most of them at least) can be found on my Goodreads profile – username: Christina Stind Rosendahl).

  1. Franz Kafka: The Trial
  2. Yann Martel: Life of Pi
  3. Truman Capote: In Cold Blood
  4. Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
  5. Georges Perec: Life – A User’s Manual
  6. Paulo Coelho: Veronika Decides to Die
  7. Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five
  8. Junot Diaz: The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao
  9. Will Self: How the Dead Live
  10. Milan Kundera: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  11. John Irving: The World According to Garp
  12. Gabriel Garcia Márquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
  13. Haruki Murakami: Kafka on the Shore
  14. Philip K. Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  15. Anthony Burgess: Clockwork Orange
  16. Douglas Adam: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  17. Douglas Adams: The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul
  18. Mark Haddon: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  19. Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre
  20. Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
  21. Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea
  22. Anne Rice: Interview with the Vampire
  23. Haruki Murakami: Sputnik Sweetheart
  24. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  25. Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca
  26. Margaret Atwood: Alias Grace
  27. H.P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness
  28. Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenia
  29. Jeffrey Eugenides: Middlesex
  30. Elisabeth Bowen: The House in Paris
  31. Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale
  32. John Cleland: Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure
  33. E.L. Doctorow: City of God
  34. Alan Moore: Watchmen
  35. Truman Capote: Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel Novel and Three Stories
  36. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun
  37. Martin Amis: Dead Babies
  38. Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
  39. John Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  40. Joseph Heller: Catch-22
  41. Henry Williamson: Tarka the Otter
  42. Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse
  43. John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  44. Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility
  45. George Eliot: Middlemarch
  46. Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting
  47. Jane Austen: Emma
  48. Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible
  49. Flannery O’Connor: Everything That Rises Must Converge
  50. John Fowles: The Magus
  51. Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights
  52. Louisa May Alcott: Little Women
  53. Bernhard Schlink: The Reader
  54. Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
  55. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince
  56. Marina Lewycka: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
  57. Harry Mulisch: The Discovery of Heaven
  58. Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar
  59. Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
  60. Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
  61. John Irving: A Prayer for Owen Meany
  62. David Leavitt: The Lost Language of Cranes
  63. Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol
  64. A.S. Byatt: The Children’s Book
  65. Matthew Lewis: The Monk
  66. Charles Dickens: David Copperfield
  67. Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections
  68. Gustave Flaubert:Madame Bovary
  69. Orhan Pamuk: Snow
  70. Jung Chang: Wild Swans
  71. Donna Tartt: The Secret History
  72. Charles Dickens: Hard Times
  73. Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White
  74. Don DeLillo: Falling Man
  75. Daniel Defoe: Moll Flanders
  76. Samuel Richardson: Clarissa
  77. Victor Hugo: Les Misérables
  78. Jonathan Littell: The Kindly Ones
  79. Toni Morrison: Beloved
  80. Jonathan Safran Foer: Everything is Illuminated
  81. Haruki Murakami: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
  82. Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone
  83. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
  84. Alexandre Dumas: The Count of Monte Cristo
  85. Virginia Woolf: Orlando
  86. Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey
  87. Jane Austen: Mansfield Park
  88. Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited
  89. John Updike: Rabbit Run (The Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom series)
  90. A. S. Byatt: Possession

1 thought on “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

  1. I have read 17 of the above and have 13 on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Not knowing if these were listed in any particular order; I am going to prioritize them according to my favorites; adding my six all time favorites.
    1) Mark Helprin: A Winter’s Tale
    2) John Irving: A Prayer for Owen Meany
    3)Khaled Hosseiniyann:The Kite Runner
    4) Marilyn Zimmer Bradley: The Mists of Avalon
    5) Leo Tostoy: Anna Kirenenen
    6) Boris Pasternov:Dr. Zhivago
    7) Marcus zsusak: The Book Thief
    8) John Stienbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
    9) John Stienbeck: Junius Maltby (a short Story)
    10) Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in a Time of Cholera
    11)Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
    Please email me with your favorites. I have twenty of the above that I have yet to read. Help me prioritize.


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