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. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
2. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
3. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
4. The Little Prince by Antoine de St-Exupéry
5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
6. The Stranger by Albert Camus
7. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
8. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
9. The Power by Rhonda Byrne
10. The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel
11. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
12. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
13. 1984 by George Orwell
14. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
15. The Plague by Albert Camus
16. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
17. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
18. Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
19. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
20. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
21. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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
34. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
35. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
36. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
37. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
38. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
39. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
40. The Myst Reader by Rand Miller
41. We the Living by Ayn Rand
42. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
43. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
44. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
45. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
46. Island by Aldous Huxley
47. The Fall by Albert Camus
48. Blindness by Jose Saramago
49. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
50. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


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