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Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag #MPBooks

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I’ve decided to do tags this year!  Or as many as I’m able should I be tagged or see an interesting one open to all 🙂  I was tagged by the lovely Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable.  I only just started following her blog and in fact she found me first!  She’s got some great posts and I love this simple tag 🙂 has a list of “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” that’s been compiled by Amazon’s editors, and the question is, how many of Amazon’s recommended books have you read?  As usual with tags there’s some rules but simple ones:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you- that would be me 🙂
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)

Unfortunately I’ve not even heard of some these authors let alone read their books!  Oh well, my score is going to be abysmal but here we go 😀 … Oh and although you only have to say ‘yes’ I’ve decided to add notes including which books I want to read although some have been on my tbr pile since I was a teenager! 😮

*The names of book titles US versions rather than UK.

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking  (On  tbr)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  (On tbr bought the book!- read a kids version when young though!)
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  Yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  (no- but on shelf at home for years!)
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling (no but now want to)
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder (On tbr-have a collection of her books at home!)
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen (on tbr just bought the book!)Does Pugs & Prejudice count? 😀
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Giver Lois Lowry
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald (On tbr)Does The Great Catsby count?
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood  Yes
The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne  Yes (tho I can’t remember much!)
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien (Want to)
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame  Yes
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

So as you can see my total score is….7 out of 100! (more if the picture books count!)

If only some of the classics and old books I’ve read appeared on this list: Crime and Punishment, Lord of the Flies, Short Stories by Oscar Wilde, etc. my score might have been a lot higher…but alas according to Amazon’s editors I need to read a lot more in my lifetime!

I’ve enjoyed doing this tag, it’s fun and simple to do and nice to compare books with others.  I nominate…Everyone!  I’m not going to nominate anyone specific to do this tag (I feel strange picking specific people who might not want to or missing out those who do) but urge anyone who has enjoyed seeing this and who wants to, please take part…and you can nominate me as your tagger 🙂

How many books have you read from this list?  Are there any that you want to read, or any that you’ve never heard of?  Let me know your thoughts I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag #MPBooks

  1. I don’t tag or nominate people for awards but I was interested in this list. I have only read eighteen books on the list and I would say I was fairly well read! I don’t often read translations unless I can be sure they are really good translations and until fairly recently I haven’t read much literature from the US. I loved all the Little House on the Prairie books when I was a girl and anything by Edith Wharton is very worth while. I must try harder, though I have such an enormous to-be-read heap to get through first! I read a lot of non-fiction and this limits my fiction reading time.

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  2. Thanks for participating! I really appreciate it!

    I love that you have read The Great Catsby and Pugs & Prejudice. I love animals and I love spin-offs of Pride and Prejudice, so I will definitely check out the latter. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Great Gatsby so I will probably skip that one.

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