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1001 Books to Read Before You Die

July 17, 2008

I’ll be honest, this list intimidates the crap out of me. I consider myself a bookworm but this list makes me feel entirely inadequate and whenever I see it, I tend to go into a craze where I just want to grab every book in sight and get GOING already! Beyond that, I really just don’t like it. I have never even heard of many of the books on the list and while I appreciate that it is well rounded, I think there are much more deserving books that are not on the list. To ease my anxiety, I have cut out the books that I have not read and left below the ones that I have read. I feel slightly better.  Not much.

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
The Once and Future King – T.H. White
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Awakening – Kate Chopin
The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
Candide – Voltaire
Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

Total: 41/1001

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