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100 Books To Read in A Lifetime – Amazon’s List

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100 Books to Read

Say what? A bonus post?

Yep, I’ve decided to take a break from our regularly scheduled organization posting. Ever since I ran across Amazon’s list of 100 books to read in a lifetime I’ve been obsessed. FOMO or whatever you want to call it!

I have loved to read since I was in the third grade and first picked up one of the Little House on the Prairie books. I was young enough to be fascinated by this story from another generation. And not yet old enough to realize that Pa really needed to get his shit together.

I posted on Instagram last week a question about what things were on your bucket lists. One of mine was to make it through the entire list of 100 books. But a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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But with so much on my plate these days I don’t have a lot of time left over for reading. So I decided that I needed to change that pronto and make time for it. Because YOLO, ya know? I think that’s enough acronyms for one post, geez.

And then I thought, why keep something this awesome to myself?

I’m going to make this into a challenge of sorts and open it up to anyone who wants to participate!

I’ve created a discussion board on the site that you can find here:  Discussion Area.

So once you’ve finished one of the books, pop on over and leave a comment letting us know what you thought. Or maybe you have a question or something you’d like to discuss. Invite your friends to join the party! It’s open to everyone. Let’s start a great conversation about great literature.

I like this list because it’s a nice combination of different genres. It’s not overloaded with the classics, although there a few. There is Hemingway and Dickens, but also J.K. Rowling and Stephen King, who are 2 of my favorites.

I also put this list into a printable format so that I can print it and hang it somewhere where I’m going to see it often. The fridge or the office wall would make good candidates. Just sayin’. ? There’s a link at the bottom of the post if you’d like the printable version too.

If you’ve already read some of the books on the list, head on over to the discussion board and start the conversation!

If you have any ideas on how to make this challenge better, drop us a line in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

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Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  4. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
  5. The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! by Lemony Snicket
  6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  7. Selected Stories, 1968-1994 by Alice Munro
  8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  9. All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
  10. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  11. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  12. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  13. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  14. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  15. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  17. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  18. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  19. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  20. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
  21. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney
  22. Dune by Frank Herbert
  23. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  24. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
  25. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  26. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  28. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond Ph.D.
  29. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  30. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  31. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  32. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  33. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
  34. Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  35. Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
  36. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  37. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  38. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  39. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  40. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  41. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  42. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  43. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  44. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  45. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  46. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  47. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  48. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  49. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  50. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  51. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  52. Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
  53. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  54. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  55. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  56. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
  57. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  58. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  59. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  60. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
  61. The Corrections: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
  62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  63. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  64. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  65. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  66. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  67. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  68. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  69. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
  70. The Hunger Games, Book 1 by Suzanne Collins
  71. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  72. The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
  73. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  74. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  75. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  76. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
  77. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  78. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  79. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  80. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  81. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingslover
  82. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
  83. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  84. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  85. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  86. The Shining by Stephen King
  87. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  88. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  89. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  90. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  91. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  92. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
  93. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  94. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  95. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  96. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  97. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  98. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  99. Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein
  100. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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