Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag

I saw this on Baking Thad Books, and even though I wasn’t tagged I couldn’t resist joining in. In case you can’t tell by now, I love lists. I used to have a reading journal (which I obviously kept up with for longer than 2 months…) that had all kinds of lists at the back. The lists were my favorite part, lol. I don’t know, I guess I feel like if I was ever stuck and couldn’t figure out what to read next I could always just read something off my favorite list.

Also, thanks to this tag I’ve officially added Bel Canto to my tbr. It’s been recommended to me so many times, both online and by people I actually know. I just never really cared enough to actually bother. But at this point I can take a hint. I’ll read it, already!

How to Play:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt (I’ve read his less popular book…)
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Yes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Yes
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson Yes
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder Yes
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez Yes
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl Yes
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides Yes
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi Yes
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Yes
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Yes
The Little Prince Houghton Mifflin
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

33 out of 100. A lot less than I imagine some people, but pretty much par for course for me when it comes to lists like these. Maybe I should make a Top 100 books and see how many the people at Amazon have read!

(Also, Goodnight Moon, seriously? I have at least 4 goodnight books on my kid’s bookshelf that are WAY better.)

Since I wasn’t tagged I’m bending the rules and not tagging anyone specific. (Also, because I’ve already done a couple of tags this month and don’t like to feel like I’m bothering people). But if you also like tags, feel free to tag yourself! ❤

So what about you? How many have you read? Are there any books on this list that you think maybe shouldn’t be?

14 thoughts on “Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag

  1. This is a really cool tag! I haven’t done a tag in a while, I might just have to pick up on this one. I haven’t read very many books on that list, though, haha. I do hope to read 1984 sometime before the end of this month. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about it and I don’t read a lot of classics, so I decided I ought to give it a try.
    claire @ clairefy

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    1. I thought this list was interesting because it WASN’T just the Classics. BBC’s Top 100 I’ve read a lot more books from because it’s very classics-heavy, but I thought this list had a good mix of genres.


    1. Honestly, some of the genres felt like it was cheating a little bit. Like the pictures books. I felt guilty counting The Very Hungry Caterpillar which I “read” in Kindergarten. It doesn’t seem quite the same as some of the monsters on that list, like Cloud Atlas, for example.

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