Lifehacker, via BookBaby, thinks everyone should read these books, which are mostly novels and mostly excellent choices.

Read These

All Quiet on the Western Front, Anne of Green Gables, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Madame Bovary, A Clockwork Orange, The Catcher in the Rye, Of Human Bondage, The Da Vinci Code (wish I hadn’t), Persuasion, East of Eden, Fahrenheit 451, The Stranger, Sense and Sensibility, The Little Prince, Love in the Time of Cholera, Lord of the Flies, On the Road, The Bell Jar, Invisible Man, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Dracula, Winnie the Pooh (how does this wonderful tale become a novel?!), The Sound and Fury, The Name of the Rose, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Little Women, Beloved, 1984, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Three Musketeers, The Lord of the Rings, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Old Man and the Sea, The Scarlet Letter, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Color Purple, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lolita, Dune, The Glass-Bead Game (I read it as Magister Ludi), Harry Potter, Catch-22, Vanity Fair, Brave New World, Siddhartha, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, A Farewell to Arms, Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, Heart of Darkness, The Hobbit, Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Wind in the Willows (also considered a children’s book), The Great Gatsby, Animal Farm, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Animal Farm, Rebecca, Watership Down, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Great Expectations, Middlemarch, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Good Earth, Wuthering Heights, Gone With the Wind.

Don’t remember

Of Mice and Men, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Les Misérables.

Started, didn’t finish (TLDR)

Remembrance of Things Past (in French), The Fountainhead, Moby-Dick, War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Ulysses

Have Not Read

Atonement, Life of Pi, Midnight’s Children, The Road, Middlesex, Disgrace, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Underworld, The Kite Runner, The Remains of the Day, The Handmaid’s Tale, Scoop, His Dark Materials, The Leopard, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Blood Meridian, Twilight, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Crash, A Confederacy of Dunces, Foundation, Possession, Cold Comfort Farm, Memoirs of a Geisha, Atlas Shrugged, Don Quixote, Finder’s Game, The Tin Drum, The Brothers Karamazov, The Grapes of Wrath, Oscar and Lucinda, Lonesome Dove, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

I can see my reading has skewed toward nineteenth and early to mid-twentieth century and has fallen off since. At least the “read” list is longer than the others.

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