Goodreads – 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

Goodreads' 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

Goodreads is the largest book recommendation portal on the web for the readers. In my opinion, every reader should have an account on Goodreads. For me, it really helped me in increasing my reading percentage. So when I came through this list, which suggests 100 books that everyone should read before they die, I knew instantly that I have to read them all. This list has been created by Goodreads and Amazon and is voted on and ranked by users of Goodreads. You can find the original list here: 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime: Readers’ Picks.


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The List

Here’s the full, ranked list. I will strikethrough each title as I would complete it.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling
  • The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Little Women (Little Women, #1) by Louisa May Alcott
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) by C.S. Lewis
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1) by Douglas Adams
  • A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Holy Bible: King James Version
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Watership Down (Watership Down #1) by Richard Adams
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3) by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) by C.S. Lewis
  • Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five Years of Weekly Knowledge 1995-2000 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1) by Roald Dahl
  • Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1) by Pearl S. Buck
  • Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller


**Note: This list is subject to differ from the original Goodreads list after a particular timeframe, as the Goodreads list depends upon the readers vote. The list above is the original list compiled by Goodreads, so the order of the books may vary in coming time.


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