Amazon’s 100 Books To Read

Idea from Planet Millie

Books. I love books, if you haven’t noticed yet. Here’s another book list, this time from Amazon. I’m pretty sure I haven’t read a lot of these, but we’ll see, right? (Bold for finished, italics for started and not finished)

1. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

I never got into this book. Everyone in my family read this, my father kept asking me to find him copies of the whole series and my brothers were really into it, but when I tried reading it, I just didn’t like it. 

2. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Yes, it’s a sad book. But I liked it. It’s not life-changing good, but it’s a good read

3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

One of my favorite books from childhood. I love this book a lot.

4. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Weirdly, enough, haven’t read this yet. 

5. The tiger who came to tea – Judith Kerr


6. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson


7. Nineteen eighty-four – George Orwell

Read this and enjoyed it. I can pinpoint the general time I first read it, that’s weird.

8. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nope. I keep meaning to read this, but I always forget about it when I’m picking a book to read.

9. We’re going on a bear hunt – Michael Rosen


10. The Secret History – Donna Tartt


11. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Oh, god. We had to watch the movie of this when I was in 2nd or 3rd year high school. I think it pretty much scarred me for life. I can’t read it, I just can’t

12. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – Sue Townsend


13. Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt


14. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne


15. The Hare with the Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal


16. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman


17. A brief history of time – Stephen Hawking

I love this book. But I really do think you have to be a huge science nerd like I am to really enjoy it. I’ve read and re-read this a few times because you just don’t get everything in one sitting. I love how it gets to the fun parts of science without having to get into the nitty-gritty of the math, unlike textbooks. Reading it also makes me realize just how incredible human brains can be

18. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Nope. Again, I keep thinking about wanting to read this then forgetting

19. Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee


20. The Road – Cormac McCarthy


21. Long walk to freedom – Nelson Mandela


22. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier


23. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

Read this. But the story I always remember when it comes to this is one of my father’s university professors assigning this book (and only this book) as the reading for one whole semester. That must’ve been exhausting.

24. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

I hate the Bronte sisters’ books. I have no idea why people like them. 

25. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde

This book is awesome

26. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote


27. The man who mistook his wife for a hat – Oliver Sacks


28. Bad Science – Ben Goldacre


29. Never let me go – Kazuo Ishiguro


30. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

A family favorite. This is the first fantasy series I ever read and finished and I love to re-read it. I really associate Tolkien with a lot of things in my childhood since The Hobbit was the first novel I ever read, even though it took me weeks (or was it months) to finish it. 

31. The Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton


32. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

I don’t think I ever finished this

33. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

I just started reading this!

34. The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes


35. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

For the longest time I associated Austen with the Brontes and I kept away from her books (I know, that was stupid of me). Thanks to rewatching Wishbone in uni, I read this and I loved it. I’ve also read all her other books by now.

36. Crime and Punishment – F. M. Dostoevsky

My father had a complete Dostoevsky collection. I remember starting most of them, but never finishing them

37. Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz

Haven’t read this

38. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque


39. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami


40. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

I was freaking scared of this as a kid. Still read it though.

41. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins

Haven’t read it. But I think we have one of his other books. I remember the name

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

This is hilarious. I used to grab one of the five books of this ‘trilogy’ whenever I wanted something light to read.

43. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith


44. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

Nope. But I have been wanting to read this

45. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry


46. Dissolution – C. J. Sansom


47. American Gods – Neil Gaiman

I love this book. Especially for the ‘I believe’ speech. ‘I can believe in things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe in things where nobody knows if they’re true or not’ (typed that from memory, it might not be completely accurate)

48. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson


49. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson


50. Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeanette Winterson


51. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Love this. For the longest time, my (big now) little brother would only read Roald Dahl books and we had all of them!

52. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Read this during that classics phase I went through in high school.

53. A History of the World in 100 Objects – Dr Neil MacGregor


54. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh


55. The Stand – Stephen King

Haven’t read this, but I like most of King’s books (not so much his later ones). I have this huge problem with reading Stephen King because horror books make it very hard for me to sleep at night, but I like his writing so I keep reading them.

56. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy


57. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis


58. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh


59. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie


60. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

Read this as a kid

61. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver


62. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks


63. London: The Biography – Peter Ackroyd


64. Wild Swans – Jung Chang


65. The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett

I keep meaning to read Discworld, but haven’t gotten around to it

66. White Teeth – Zadie Smith


67. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John le Carre

I liked this book

68. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

Haven’t read this one yet.

69. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Sad, sad book

70. Atonement – Ian McEwan


71. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding


72. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer

I liked reading this, but I think it was my little brother who absolutely loved this series. He was a lot younger when he started reading this, so that must be a factor.

73. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene


74. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

High school classics phase

75. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming


76. Do androids dream of electric sheep? – Philip K. Dick

Another book I keep meaning to read

77. Watchmen – Alan Moore

I liked this, but I decided that I would never read it again because it was depressing.

78. Little Women – Louise May Alcott

‘A classic.  I have read it, and I cried. Pretty much the standard response.’ <- what Millie said

79. London Fields – Martin Amis


80. Venice – Jan Morris


81. Knots and Crosses – Ian Rankin


82. Watership Down – Richard Adams

I keep meaning to read this

83. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie


84. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot


85. The Hound of Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

We used to have the whole Sherlock Holmes collection. I love reading Sherlock

86. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje


87. Schlinder’s Ark – Thomas Keneally


88. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

Read this, of course.

89. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby


90. Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne

I love Winnie-the-Pooh. 

91. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

Read this, of course

92. Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian


93. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood


94. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson


95. Birdsong – Sebastien Faulks


96. Last Orders – Graham Swift


97. The Time Machine – H. G. Wells

I remember reading this for the first time and it was like a light bulb switched on in my head when he was explaining the dimensions.

98. My Man Jeeves – P. G. Wodehouse


99. The Commitments – Roddy Doyle


100. The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy



Gaah. I can’t believe I’ve only read a fourth of these books.



2 thoughts on “Amazon’s 100 Books To Read

  1. The Book Thief and the Great Gatsby are both beautiful books. The Artemis Fowl series is one of my favorites and so is the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Right now, I’m on the third book of Game of Thrones. I really like them, but I go through different periods of maniacal reading, where I have long breaks in-between books and then get obsessed again, haha. What book were you on when you stopped?

    • I didn’t get past the first book. The boys always had their hands on the books when I first wanted to try it and I was only sneaking reading bits of it when they put the book down. Then, eventually everyone was watching the show and I have this weird aversion of jumping on bandwagons.

      I may still read it someday, but not now. Haha.I know what you mean about maniacal reading. We had this power interruptions lately because of a storm that passed through our country and I ended up reading the whole Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey

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