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. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
3. The Little Prince by Antoine de St-Exupéry
4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. 1984 by George Orwell
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. The Stranger by Albert Camus
9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
10. Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss
11. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
12. Hard boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
13. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
14. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
15. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
16. The Plague by Albert Camus
17. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
19. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
20. Animal Farm by George Orwell
21. The Collector by John Fowles
22. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
23. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
24. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
25. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
26. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
27. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
28. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
29. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
30. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
31. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
32. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
33. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McIrney
34. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
35. The Myst Reader by Rand Miller
36. World War Z by Max Brooks
37. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
38. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
39. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
40. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
41. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
42. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
43. The Fall by Albert Camus
44. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
45. Blindness by Jose Saramago
46. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
47. Perfume: The Story of a Murder by Patrick Suskind
48. Island by Aldous Huxley
49. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
50. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


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