Thursday, October 11, 2012

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Looking for a good book???  
Well, here's a 1001 to choose from.

book is available on Amazon

or you can get the full list from Listology

Here's a peak at the first 100:
(I was surprised at how few of these I've read - looks like I've got some reading to do!!)

  1. 2000s
  2. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. Saturday – Ian McEwan
  4. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  5. Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
  6. Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
  7. The Sea – John Banville
  8. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  9. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  10. The Master – Colm Tóibín
  11. Vanishing Point – David Markson
  12. The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
  13. Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  14. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  15. Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  16. The Colour – Rose Tremain
  17. Thursbitch – Alan Garner
  18. The Light of Day – Graham Swift
  19. What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  20. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  21. Islands – Dan Sleigh
  22. Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
  23. London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
  24. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
  25. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  26. The Double – José Saramago
  27. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  28. Unless – Carol Shields
  29. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  30. The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
  31. That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
  32. In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
  33. Shroud – John Banville
  34. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  35. Youth – J.M. Coetzee
  36. Dead Air – Iain Banks
  37. Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
  38. The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
  39. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
  40. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
  41. Platform – Michael Houellebecq
  42. Schooling – Heather McGowan
  43. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  44. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  45. Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini
  46. The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
  47. Fury – Salman Rushdie
  48. At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill
  49. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  50. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  51. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa
  52. An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma
  53. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
  54. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare
  55. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  56. The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
  57. Under the Skin – Michel Faber
  58. Ignorance – Milan Kundera
  59. Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace
  60. Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy
  61. City of God – E.L. Doctorow
  62. How the Dead Live – Will Self
  63. The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  64. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  65. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
  66. Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
  67. Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
  68. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  69. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
  70. Pastoralia – George Saunders
  71. 1900s
  72. Timbuktu – Paul Auster
  73. The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra
  74. Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
  75. As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakuli?
  76. Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
  77. Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb
  78. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie
  79. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
  80. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
  81. Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq
  82. Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi
  83. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  84. Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
  85. All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom
  86. The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon
  87. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  88. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  89. Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
  90. Another World – Pat Barker
  91. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  92. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
  93. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  94. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  95. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  96. Great Apes – Will Self
  97. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  98. Underworld – Don DeLillo
  99. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey
  100. The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
  101. American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  102. The Untouchable – John Banville


  1. I have never heard of any of them =$.

  2. I've only read one of these - Memoirs of a Geisha. I've never heard of most of these.

  3. out of the whole list, I've only read 26! I have a lot of catching up to do....

  4. I have read a great many books, but hardly any on that list.
    I could name 100 books that I personally think everybody ought to read, and I bet I'd get the same kind of comment... never heard of most of them. In fact, I am ashamed to admit the only one I readily recognized was by Artur Golden, like Shell. Maybe a few more if this list was in German, as I only stopped reading German books about 8 years ago, and I am atrocious when it comes to remembering authors.
    I will head over to that list and see what's on it, but in my book (pun intended), the only books you totally MUST read before you die are those that give you pleasure. Those that keep you up all night, make you laugh, make you cry, make you go "WTF!!!", make you think along lines you never considered, take you places, introduce you to people, re discover things you thought before, econnect you with good memories, scare the heck out of you, make you believe that Cinderella is still out there and make you wish you'd be able to write, too.
    I started out on Grimm's fairytales, went over the whole load of Stephen King and Lindsey Davis, Henning Mankell and Storm Constantine to arrive at random charity shop purchases like Gods in Alabama and Midnight in the garden of good and evil- all of those, every one of them, was a journey I can remember more vividly than whatever I had for breakfast yesterday (not sure I even had breakfast, but I sure as heck was reading A Woman Of Consequence on the bus to work)
    I love peeps who love books!
    Now, if you will excuse me I have a list to go through :)

  5. Sad to say I have only single one the top hundred list (The God of Small Things, which I didn't find very good.), but I have seen some as movies. And judging from that probably one 10 out of 1000. I am usually an avid reader, so I was surprised. But it seems to be heavy on the side of American authors and/or on the austere/depressing side, so maybe I am not surprised that it does not match my personal list.
    Besides I hate being told what to do, so I always avoid reading lists like that. (A meagre form of rebellion, I know.)