Tag Time! Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Tag

Here’s a fun tag that was created by Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable, and while I’ve kind of gone off tags for awhile, I was tagged for this and I’m always in the mood for a book list, so I’m playing along!

How to Play:

  • Include the link to Amazon’s List
  • Tag the creator of the meme, Perfectly Tolerable
  • Tag and thank the person who tagged you
  • Copy the list below and indicate which books you have read
  • Tally up your total
  • Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you have read
  • Tag 5 new people & comment on one of their posts to let them know that they’ve been tagged

So basically, I just have to list out the 100 titles that are on Amazon’s List, and see how many I’ve read! What fun! And turns out that Amazon has several different lists – there’s one for children’s books, young adult books, mysteries, science fiction, and more! Check out the lists at the link above! Here’s the list of Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. The titles I’ve read are listed in red. (ha! get it?! ha ha!)

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  3. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  4. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
  5. The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! by Lemony Snicket
  6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  7. Selected Stories, 1968-1994 by Alice Munro
  8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  9. All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
  10. Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  11. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
  12. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  13. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  14. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher Mc Dougall
  15. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  17. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  18. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  19. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  20. Daring Greatly: How the Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
  21. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  22. Dune by Frank Herbert
  23. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  24. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  25. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  26. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  27. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  28. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond Ph.D.
  29. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  30. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  31. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  32. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  33. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
  34. Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  35. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (this is actually a DNF, but I won’t be attempting this one again so I’m counting it as read)
  36. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  37. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  38. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  39. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  40. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  41. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  42. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  43. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  44. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
  45. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  46. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  47. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  48. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  49. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
  50. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  51. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  52. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  53. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  54. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  55. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  56. The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
  57. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  58. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  59. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  60. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
  61. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  63. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  64. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  65. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  66. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  67. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  68. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  69. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
  70. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  71. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  72. The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
  73. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  74. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  75. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  76. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
  77. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  78. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  79. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  80. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  81. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  82. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
  83. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  84. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  85. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  86. The Shining by Stephen King
  87. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  88. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  89. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  90. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  91. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  92. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  93. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  94. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  95. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  96. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  97. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  98. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  99. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  100. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

So there’s the main list! Lots of good choices here and some puzzling choices too (Gone Girl? Really?). I think I’ve gotten to 32 titles on this list, and many of the others are on my TBR already. How many have you read? I’m terrible at tags, so I’m not going to tag anyone, but tell me how many you’ve read! And which of these titles that I haven’t read yet should I be sure to read someday?


14 thoughts on “Tag Time! Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Tag

    1. Yeah, I wonder too!
      Hmm… that’s strange about the WP reader. I don’t actually use that at all, I get emails of posts and I click from the email to the blog itself. I’ve heard about various formatting issues with the reader, and now I’m less inclined to use it! I like to code, so I’m always interested in seeing what people do with their formatting and blog design, which you don’t really get in the reader.


  1. I’ve read 23 and would like to read probably another twenty or so. I do think it’s a rather odd list though – there are loads that I wouldn’t want to read at all, especially the modern children’s fiction (since I’m not a modern child! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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