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