100 Books You Should Read (to call yourself human)

One of my friends (Alison Gray) started this list several months ago and has been slowly adding to it. (I’m happy to say, I contributed to the list. πŸ™‚ Any suggestions for no. 100?

I’ve highlighted in bold the books I’ve read and I italicized the ones actually on the bookshelf by my bed waiting to be read.

I hope this inspires you to read some classics and “modern classics.” You’ll be a better person for it.

1. War and Peace – Tolstoy
2. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
3. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
4. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Marquez
5. Pride and Prejudice – Austen
6. Remains of the Day – Ishiguro
7. The Lord of the Rings – Tolkein
8. Frost in May – White
9. The English Patient – Ondaatje
10. The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
11. Great Expectations – Dickens
12. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Safran-Foer
13. Lanark – Gray
14. My Antonia – Cather
15. Peace Like A River – Enger
16. Kidnapped – Stevenson
17. Middlemarch – Eliot
18. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Hurston
19. The Heart of Darkness – Conrad
20. Crime and Punishment – Dostoevsky
21. Howard’s End – Forster
22. To the Lighthouse – Woolf
23. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
24. A Fine Balance – Mistry
25. Midnight’s Children – Rushdie
26. Pale Fire – Nabokov
27. Blindness – Saramago
28. Saturday – McEwan
29. Lord of the Flies – Golding
30. In Cold Blood – Capote
31. To Kill a Mockingbird – Lee
32. The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoevsky
33. Housekeeping – Marilyn Robinson
34. Ulysses – Joyce
35. Anna Karenina – Tolstoy
36. Of Mice and Men – Steinbeck
37. Catcher in the Rye – Salinger
38. American Psycho – Ellis
39. Jude the Obscure – Hardy
40. Trainspotting – Welsh
41. The Adventures of Augie Marsh – Bellow
42. The Outsider – Camus
43. The Unbearable Likeness of Being – Kundera
44. The House of the Spirits – Allende
45. 1984 – Orwell
46. Animal Farm – Orwell
47. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Hemingway
48. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – McCullers
49. The Sea, The Sea – Murdoch
50. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
51. Disgrace – Coetzee
52. The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Chabon
53. A Room with a View – Forster
54. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Solzhenitsyn
55. White Noise – Dellilo
54. Cry, the Beloved Country – Paton
55. Things Fall Apart – Achebe
56. The God of Small Things – Roy
57. Soul Mountain – Xingjiang
58. On the Road – Kerouac
59. The Golden Notebook – Lessing
60. Dubliners – Joyce (I’ve read some of this collection)
61. Les Miserables – Hugo
62. Slaughterhouse Five – Vonnegut
63. Waiting for the Barbarians – Coetzee
64. A Christmas Carol – Dickens
65. The Scarlet Letter – Hawthorne
66. The White Guard – Bulgakov
67. Love in the time of Cholera – Marquez
68. The End of the Affair – Greene
69. A Passage to India – Forster
70. Madame Bovary – Flaubert
71. The Giver – Lowry
72. The Portrait of a Lady – James
73. Charlotte’s Web – White
74. Oscar and Lucinda – Carey
75. The Woman in White – Collins
76. Dracula – Stoker
77. Waverly – Scott
78. Treasure Island – Stephenson
79. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Stephenson
80. The Sopranos – Warner
81. Decline and Fall – Waugh
82. Jungle Book – Kipling
83. Middlesex – Eugenides
84. Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury
85. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
86. Wide Sargasso Sea – Rhys
87. The Bell Jar – Plath (I read a large portion of this one day at Barnes and Noble)
88. Wise Blood – O’Connor
89. Out of Africa – Denisen
90. Ethan Frome – Wharton
91. Robinson Crusoe – Defoe
92. The Secret Agent – Conrad
93. Anil’s Ghost – Ondaatje (I have a student named Anil; I should read this in his honor.)
94. The Secret History – Tartt
95. Dr. Zhivago – Pasternak
96. Black Swan Green – Mitchell
97. Cancer Ward – Solzhenitzen
98. History of the World in 10 Β½ Chapters – Barnes
99. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
100.

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2 thoughts on “100 Books You Should Read (to call yourself human)

  1. I am not very human. Only about 6 or 7 of these books have been read by my two eyes. Can’t wait for you to get all your yearbook stuff done so you can get your ads put up on here and start earning money.

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