100 Books to Read Before You Die ~ Update


Since I first posted about this challenge, I’ve discovered a few things:
– I haven’t written a fiction book review – not seriously even though I did post a few on this blog – since high school and a non fiction book review since my Master’s in university: it takes some time to learn or, in my case, re-learn.
– Even books you think you know by heart (and I do) require you to read them again to give them their proper due. So I’m (re) reading them all.

Also, after discussing the matter with my husband, I’ve decided to get through the list in order. I won’t remove my review of The Lord of the Rings, although I’m certain I will edit it at some point, but starting this week I’ll get back to the list order, meaning I’ll review Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which I’ve just finished re-reading this coming Wednesday, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre the next, etc.

My husband made a few compelling points. The most important one: it’ll be easier for your subscribers to follow, as opposed to the reviews being all over the place. True.
For me it will do two things:
– keeping track of what I’ve read or not will be tidier and easier
– I won’t try and avoid the books I’m not overly excited to get to, whether as a first read or not (Steinbeck, Flaubert I’m looking at you)

The ‘downside’ if you will is that it means I have some very intimidating books to read quite fast that I’d hoped to wait a little bit for. Even though I’ve read 8 of the top 10 books, I’m a bit worried about re-reading the Bible cover to cover by October 17th (I’ve never read it in one shot), especially since I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird.

Here’s the plan, the updated version that gives you the date when each review will be uploaded.

Books Author Review Date
1. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 21-Sep-16
2. The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien 14-Sep-16
3. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte 28-Sep-16
4. Harry Potter series JK Rowling 5-Oct-16
5. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 12-Oct-16
6. The Bible ??
7. Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 19-Oct-16
8. Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell 26-Oct-16
9. His Dark Materials Philip Pullman 2-Nov-16
10. Great Expectations Charles Dickens 9-Nov-16
11. Little Women Louisa M Alcott 16-Nov-16
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy 23-Nov-16
13. Catch 22 Joseph Heller 30-Nov-16
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare Shakespeare 7-Dec-16
15. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 14-Dec-16
16. The Hobbit JRR Tolkien 21-Dec-16
17. Birdsong Sebastian Faulk 28-Dec-16
18. Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger 4-Jan-17
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger 11-Jan-17
20. Middlemarch George Eliot 18-Jan-17
21. Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell 25-Jan-17
22. The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald 1-Feb-17
23. The Bleak House Charles Dickens 8-Feb-17
24. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 15-Feb-17
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams 22-Feb-17
26. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh 1-Mar-17
27. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky 8-Mar-17
28. Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 15-Mar-17
29. Alice in Wonderland Lewis Caroll 22-Mar-17
30. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame 29-Mar-17
31. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy 5-Apr-17
32. David Copperfield Charles Dickens 12-Apr-17
33. Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis 19-Apr-17
34. Emma Jane Austen 26-Apr-17
35. Persuasion Jane Austen 3-May-17
36. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins 10-May-17
37. The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 17-May-17
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernieres 24-May-17
39. Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden 31-May-17
40. Winnie the Pooh AA Milne 7-Jun-17
41. Animal Farm George Orwell 14-Jun-17
42. The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 21-Jun-17
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez 28-Jun-17
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving 5-Jul-17
45. The Woman in White Wilkie Collins 12-Jul-17
46. Anne of Green Gables LM Montgormery 19-Jul-17
47. Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy 26-Jul-17
48. The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood 2-Aug-17
49. Lord of the Flies William Golding 9-Aug-17
50. Atonement Ian McEwan 16-Aug-17
51. Life of Pi Yann Martel 23-Aug-17
52. Dune Frank Herbert 30-Aug-17
53. Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons 6-Sep-17
54. Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen 13-Sep-17
55. A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth 20-Sep-17
56. The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon 27-Sep-17
57. A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens 4-Oct-17
58. Brave New World Aldous Huxley 11-Oct-17
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon 18-Oct-17
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez 25-Oct-17
61. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 1-Nov-17
62. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 8-Nov-17
63. The Secret History Donna Tartt 15-Nov-17
64. The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold 22-Nov-17
65. Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas 29-Nov-17
66. On the Road Jack Kerouac 6-Dec-17
67. Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy 13-Dec-17
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding 20-Dec-17
69. Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie 27-Dec-17
70. Moby Dick Herman Melville 3-Jan-18
71. Oliver Twist Charles Dickens 10-Jan-18
72. Dracula Bram Stoker 17-Jan-18
73. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett 24-Jan-18
74. Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson 31-Jan-18
75. Ulysses James Joyce 7-Feb-18
76. The Inferno Dante 14-Feb-18
77. Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome 21-Feb-18
78. Germinal Emile Zola 28-Feb-18
79. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray 7-Mar-18
80. Possession AS Byatt 14-Mar-18
81. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens 21-Mar-18
82. Cloud Atlas David Mitchell 28-Mar-18
83. The Color Purple Alice Walker 4-Apr-18
84. The Remains of the Day Kazoo Ishiguro 11-Apr-18
85. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert 18-Apr-18
86. A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry 25-Apr-18
87. Charlotte’s Web EB White 2-May-18
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Albom 9-May-18
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 16-May-18
90. The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton 23-May-18
91. Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 30-May-18
92. The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery 6-Jun-18
93. The Wasp Factory Iain Banks 13-Jun-18
94. Watership Down Richard Adams 20-Jun-18
95. A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole 27-Jun-18
96. A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute 4-Jul-18
97. The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas 11-Jul-18
98. The Alchemist Paolo Coelho 18-Jul-18
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl 25-Jul-18
100. Les Miserables Victor Hugo 1-Aug-18

It’s a two year plan (almost) – a great commitment as Lynn Love commented in the first place. I’m in awe and at the same time very excited.

I’m very excited to share my discoveries and thoughts with you: but mostly, I’m excited to hear what you felt when you read these books, to know whether my reviews gave you incentives to pick it up, or not, whether you agree with my understanding of the books or not. I’m looking forward to your critics as well: who knows? I might have missed the point of a book entirely. It’s happened before: I remember a few philosophy essays in high school where I was Hors Sujet! (totally off track :-P) .
There are so many great fascinating discussions to be had. I’m looking forward to that.

So thank you for following that journey and sharing your thoughts about it. I don’t expect anybody to follow every single step of the way but I take every comment as both a reward and an incentive to continue.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Scarlet says:

    I’d like to take a few years off and just read, that to me sounds like a great holiday, maybe after uni! Good luck – you’ll have a ball.

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    1. Well I’ve been on sick leave for a few weeks and have a couple still to go. Since I’m not allowed to do anything strenuous I figured reading and pilates would do 😉.
      I might just move my review of the Bible: that reading is a one year commitment by itself 😂😂😂

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      1. Scarlet says:

        Hahaha Pilates and reading – I want to see pics of that! I do hope it’s nothing serious, and I hope you are better soon.

        The bible is a weird book, if it was written today I think it’d either be banned for violence, xenophobia and perversion or the author locked up. It’s one of the things that put me off the whole god thing as a child.

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        1. I hadn’t thought of the picture it would make. Should ask my husband. LOL. Thanks for the laugh.
          As far as the Bible is concerned… your comment would require a post of its own 😉 because it really goes to the difference between faith and religion (as in organized faith)

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