100 Bucket List Books That Must Be Read In A Lifetime

Books have the great capacity to remain with us for the rest of our lives. Whether they’re written for children, mathematicians, sci-fi lovers, or fiction aficionados, particular stories surpass their genre and should be read by everyone.

Amazon editors released their list of “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” which launched their Best Selling Book Campaign. This list spans only the past 200 years or so. Amazon admits the list was exceedingly subjective and based on the deliberation of the Amazon’s editorial team.

The editorial team of Amazon devotes a small portion of their time to celebrate books in seasonal applications by producing curated lists of recommended reads. This list is the best one hundred titles that spoke to a broad audience of readers.

At the same time, the list was meant to cover various stages of any given reader’s life, therefore incorporating adult titles for fighting human rights and freedom, the young adult favorite which helps shape worldviews, and beloved children’s classics.

Below is the list of 100 books which no one should miss in their lifetime.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee

2. 1984 – by George Orwell

3. Pride and Prejudice – by Jane Austen

4. The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings #1-3) – by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – by J.K. Rowling

6. Jane Eyre – by Charlotte Bronte

7. The Hobbit – by J.R.R. Tolkien

8. Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott

9. Charlotte’s Web – by E.B. White

10. Animal Farm – by George Orwell

11. The Great Gatsby – by F. Scott Fritzgerald

12. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia 1) – by C.S. Lewis

13. The Catcher in the Rye – by J.D. Salinger

14. The Hunger Games – by Suzanne Collins

15. Gone with the Wind – by Margaret Mitchell

16.Fahrenheit 451 – by Ray Bradbury

17. The Book Thief – by Markus Zusak

18. Night – by Elie Wiesel

19. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – by Mark Twain

20. The Kite Runner – by Khaled Hosseini

21. The Help – by Kathryn Stockett

22. Lord of the Flies – by William Golding

23. The Grapes of Wrath – by John Steinbeck

24. The Diary of the Young Girl – Anne Frank

25. The Little Prince – by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

26. A Wrinkle in Time – by Madeleine L’Engle

27. Hamlet – by William Shakespeare

28. The Tale of Two Cities – by Charles Dickens

29. Of Mice and Men – by John Steinbeck

30. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – by Douglas Adams

31. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – by J.K. Rowling

32. Romeo and Juliet – by William Shakespeare

33. A Christmas Carol – by Charles Dickens

34. The Secret Garden – by Frances Hodgson Burnett

35. Brave New World – by Aldous Huxley

36. The Giver – by Lois Lowry

37. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – by Mark Twain

38. Where the Sidewalk Ends – by Shel Silverstein

39. Anne of Green Gables – by L.M. Montgomery

40. The Handmaid’s Tale – by Margaret Atwood

41. Wuthering Heights – by Emily Bronte

42. The Fault in Our Stars – by John Green

43. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – By J.K. Rowling

44. Frankenstein – by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

45. The Color Purple – by Alice Walker

46. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – by Stieg Larsson

47. Holy Bible: King James Version – by Anonymous

48. Macbeth – by William Shakespeare

49. The Count of Monte Cristo – by Alexandre Dumas

50. A Game Of Thrones ( A Song of Ice and Fire 1) – by George R.R. Martin

51. East of Eden – by John Steinbeck

52. The Stand – by Stephen King

53. Alice in Wonderland – by Lewis Carroll

54. Ender’s Game ( Ender’s Saga 1) – by Orson Scott Card

55. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – by Betty Smith

56. The Old Man and the Sea – by Ernest Hemingway

57. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

58. Outlander – by Diana Gabaldon

59. Anna Karenina – by Leo Tolstoy

60. Catch-22 – by Joseph Heller

61. In Cold Blood – by Truman Capote

62. Memoirs of a Geisha – by Arthur Golden

63.  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ( Sherlock Holmes 3) – by Arthur Conan Doyle

64. Life of Pi – by Yann Martel

65. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – by J.K. Rowling

66. Watership Down – by Richard Adams

67. Great Expectations – by Charles Dickens

68. Les Miserables – by Victor Hugo

69. The Pillars of the Earth – by Ken Follett

70. The Chronicles of Narnia 1-7 – by C.S. Lewis

71. Catching Fire ( The Hunger Games 2 ) – by Suzanne Collins

72. Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five Years of Weekly Knowledge 1995-2000 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

73. The Scarlet Letter – by Nathaniel Hawthorne

74. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – by Roald Dahl

75. The Raven – by Edgar Allan Poe

76. The Secret Life of Bees – by Sue Monk Kidd

77. One Hundred Years of Solitude – by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

78. Dracula – by Bram Stoker

79. Water for Elephants – by Sara Gruen

80. The Princess Bride – by William Goldman

81. Crime and Punishment – by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

82. And Then There Were None – by Agatha Christie

83. The Poisonwood Bible – by Barbara Kingsolver

84. Mockingjay ( The Hunger Games 3 ) – by Suzanne Collins

85. The Odyssey – by Homer

86. The Good Earth – by Pearl S. Buck

87. The Time Traveler’s Wife – by Audrey Niffenegger

88. Siddhartha – by Hermann Hesse

89. The Road – by Cormac McCarthy

90. The Thorn Birds – by Colleen McCullough

91. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – by Rebecca Skloot

92. Prayer for Owen Meany – written by John Irving

93. The Glass Castle – by Jeannette Walls

94. The Story of My Life – by Helen Keller

95. The Brother’s Karamazov – by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

96. The Things They Carried – by Tim O’Brien

97. Beloved – by Toni Morrison

98. Cutting of Stone – by Abraham Verghese

99. Slaughterhouse-Five – by Kurt Vonnegut

100. The Phantom Tollbooth – by Norton Juster


Over many months, Amazon’s editing team passionately defended and debated the books that are included in the list for their Best Selling Book Campaign. In other words, they applied many bookish equivalents to come up with the final picks. Unfortunately, not all favorite books can be counted, but all the books in the list should be included in any bookworm’s bucket list.

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Tyler Wagner is a leading best selling author who has created Authors Unite to help people become WSJ or USA Today Best Sellers. He has achieved this over 100 times with his proprietary process and hands-on approach.

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