50 Books To Read Before Dying

I recall being absolutely addicted to reading last year to the point where I could go through up to six books in one week (!). I think I must have read close to fifty books in total, all of which I listed on Tumblr – I was so sure that my preferences were more refined than anyone else’s (although I didn’t make it up to 100 unlike Amazon, I thought it was because I much prefer quality over quantity, and anyone who objected to my own list must lack the same “refinement”). I decided to re-share this list for anyone who might happen upon this space in the future, and I would encourage anyone regardless of whether they have any interest in literature at all to at least read #1-10 (and I know, who hasn’t read a few of them already – but I feel as though classics are very much underrated in this day and age, possibly due to the stigma of being required to read them for assignments in high school). #1 has its position on the list because it was the catalyst that kickstarted something of an “obsession” throughout the following months, while #8 resonated the most with me personally:

1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
2. How to Transform Your Life by Kelsang Gyatso
3. Eight Steps to Happiness by Kelsang Gyatso
4. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
5. The Power by Rhonda Byrne
6. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
8. The Little Prince by Antoine de St-Exupéry
9. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
11. 1984 by George Orwell
12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
13. The Stranger by Albert Camus
14. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
15. Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss
16. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
17. Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
18. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
19. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
20. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
21. The Plague by Albert Camus
22. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
23. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
24. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
25. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
26. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
27. The Collector by John Fowles
28. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
29. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
30. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
31. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
32. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
33. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
36. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
37. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
38. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
39. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
40. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McIrney
41. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
42. The Myst Reader by Rand Miller
43. We the Living by Ayn Rand
44. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
45. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
46. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
47. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
48. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
49. The Fall by Albert Camus
50. Blindness by Jose Saramago


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