501 Books You Must Read

Here’s the list.  Books I have read are marked in bold. Feel free to donate/loan any of the unread ones to me (leave a comment to get in touch with me).

I imagine many of you will disagree with the books on the list, but remember, I didn’t create the list, I’m just reading it.

So far, I have read 106 of these books.

I am currently reading “The Master and Margarita” by Bulgakov

  1. “Above the Dark Circus”, Hugh Walpole
  2. “The Accidental Tourist”, Anne Tyler
  3. “The Accursed Kings”, Druon
  4. “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, Mark Twain
  5. “The Age of Cathedrals”, Georges Duby
  6. “The Alexandria Quartet”, Lawerence Durrell
  7. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, Lewis Carroll
  8. “Among the Believers: an Islamic Journey”, Naipaul
  9. “And to think That I saw it on Mulberry Stree”, Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel)
  10. “Andre, Journals”, Gide
  11. “An Angel at my Table”, Frame
  12. “Annals of Imperial Rome”, Tacitus (in my to be read pile as an ebook)
  13. “Anne of Green Gables”,  LM Montgomery
  14. “Arctic Dreams”, Lopez
  15. “At the Back of the North Wind”, MacDonald
  16. “Austerlitz”, W.G. Sebald
  17. “Autobiographies”, Yeats
  18. “Autobiography of a Yogi”, Yogananda
  19. “The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini”, Cellini
  20. “Auto-da-Fe”, Canetti
  21. “Barchester Towers” Anthony Trollope
  22. “Barney’s Version” Richler
  23. “The Beast Must Die”, Blake
  24. “Beloved”, Toni Morrison
  25. “Berlin – the Downfall”, Beevor
  26. “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, Doblin
  27. “Berlin Stories”, Isherwoord
  28. “The Big Clock”, Fearing
  29. “Birdsong”, Sebastien Faulks
  30. “Black Beauty”, Anna Sewell
  31. “Black Like Me”, Griffin
  32. “The Blind Owl”, Hedayat
  33. “Bliss and Other Stories”, Mansfield
  34. “Blood Sport”, Francis
  35. “The Bloody Chamber”, Carter
  36. “The Blue Flower”, Fitzgerald
  37. “Bones and Silence”, Hill
  38. “Bonjour Tristesse”, Sagan
  39. “The Book of Margary Kempe”, Kempe
  40. “Born Victim”, Waugh
  41. “Borrowed Time”, Monette
  42. “Boy:Tales of the Childhood”, Roald Dahl
  43. “Brain Wave”, Anderson
  44. “Brave New World”, Adlous Huxley
  45. “The Bride War Black”, Woolrich
  46. “Brideshead Revisisted”, Waugh
  47. “Brief Lives”, Aubrey
  48. “Cairo Trilogy”, Mahfouz
  49. “Cakes and Ale” Maugham
  50. “Candide or Optimism”, Voltaire
  51. “The Canterbury Tales”, Geoffrey Chaucer
  52. “A Canticle for Liebowitz”, Miller
  53. “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, Louis de Bernieres
  54. “The Castle of Otranto”, Walpole
  55. “Catcher in the Rye”, JD Salinger
  56. “Changing Places”, David Lodge
  57. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Roald Dahl (review due to be posted)
  58. “Charlotte’s Web” EB White
  59. “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life”, Anderson
  60. “The Cheese and The Worms”, Ginsberg
  61. “Cheri”, Colette
  62. “Childhood, Youth and Exile”, Herzen
  63. “Children’s and Household Tales”, Brothers Grimm
  64. “The Chinese Orange Mystery”, Queen
  65. “Chinese Shadows”, Leys
  66. “A Christmas Carol”, Charles Dickens
  67. “Citizens – A Chronicle of the French Revolution”, Schama
  68. “City”, Sheckley
  69. “The Civilization of tte Rennaissance in Italy”, Burckhardt
  70. “Clarrissa”, Richardson
  71. “A Clockwork Orange”, Burgess
  72. “Cold Heaven”, Moore
  73. “The Collected Stories”, Chekhov
  74. “Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire”, Ferguson
  75. “The Colour of Magic”, Terry Pratchett
  76. “The Complete Nonsense Book”, Edward Lear
  77. “Confessions”, Augustine (review pending)
  78. “Confessions”, Jean Jacques Rousseau
  79. “The Conscience of Zeno”, Svevo
  80. “The Corrections”, Franzen
  81. “Cosmiconmics”, Calvino
  82. “Couples”, John Updike
  83. “Crime and Punishment”, Dostoyevsky
  84. “The Cruise of the Snark”, London
  85. “The Crusades through Arab Eyes”, Maalouf
  86. “The Crystal World”, Ballard
  87. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”, Haddon
  88. “Daily Life in Ancient Rome”, Carcopino
  89. “The Danube”, Magris
  90. “The Daughter of Time”, Tey
  91. “The Day of the Triffids”, Wyndham
  92. “De Profundis”, Oscar Wilde
  93. “Dead Man’s Chest: Travels after Robert Louis Stevenson”, Nicholas Rankin
  94. “Deadlock”, Paretsky
  95. “Death in the Wrong Room”, Gilbert
  96. “Death of my Aunt”, Kitchin
  97. “Declares Pereira”, Tabucchi
  98. “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, Edward Gibbon
  99. “The Decline of the West”, Spengler
  100. “Defeat of the Spanish Armada”, Mattingly
  101. “The Demolished Man”, Bester
  102. “Destinations: Esaays from Rolling Stone”, Morris
  103. “Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly”, Bardin
  104. “Diaries 1919-23″, Kafka
  105. “Diary”, Samuel Pepys
  106. “The Diary of Alice James”, James
  107. “The Diary of a Young Girl”, Anne Frank
  108. “Disgrace”, J.M. Coetzee
  109. “A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century”, Tuchman
  110. “The Diviners”, Laurence
  111. “Dr. Dolittle”, Lofting
  112. “Dona Flor and her Two Husbands”, Amado
  113. “Donovan’s Brain”, Siodmak
  114. “Double Indemnity”, James M. Cain (in my to be read pile)
  115. “Dover One”, Porter
  116. “Down and Out in Paris and London”, Orwell
  117. “Dracula”, Bram Stoker
  118. “Dune”, Herbert
  119. “Dwellers in the Mirage”, Merritt
  120. “84 Charing Cross Road”, Hanff
  121. “Embers”, Marai
  122. “Emil and the Detectives”, Koostner
  123. “The End of History and the Last Man”, Fukuyama
  124. “Enduring Love”, McEwan
  125. “The Engineer of Human Souls”, Skvorecky
  126. “The English Patient”, Ondaatje
  127. “Eothan”, Kinglake
  128. “The Epic of Gilgamesh”, Anon
  129. “Erewhon”, Butler
  130. “The Executioner’s Song”, Mailer
  131. “Fairy Tales”, Andersen
  132. “Fairy Tales”, Charles Perrault
  133. “Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure”, Cleland
  134. “Farewell, my Lovely”, Chandler
  135. “The Fatal Shore”, Hughes
  136. “Father and Son, a Study of Two Temperaments”, Gosse
  137. “Felicia’s Journey”, William Trevor
  138. “The Fellowship of the Ring”, JRR Tolkien
  139. “FerdyDurke”, Gombrowicz
  140. “Ficciones”, Borges
  141. “Fifth Business”, Davies
  142. “The File on H”, Kadare
  143. “Final Curtain”, Marsh
  144. “A Fine Balance”, Mistry
  145. “Five Children and It”, E Nesbit
  146. “Flesh in the Age of Reason”, Porter
  147. “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus”, Mary Shelley
  148. “From the Fifteenth District”, Gallant
  149. “Frozen Desire: The Meaning of Money”, Buchan
  150. “Gaudy Night”, Sayers
  151. “Giovanni’s Room”, Baldwin
  152. “The Glass Bead Game”, Hesse
  153. “The Glass-sided Ants’ Nest”, Dickinson
  154. “God’s First Love”, Heer
  155. “God’s Grace”, Malamud
  156. “Golden Earth: Travels in Burma”, Lewis
  157. “The Golden Notebook”, Lessing
  158. “The Golem”, Singer
  159. “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, O’Connor
  160. “The Good Soldier”, Ford
  161. “Gormenghast”, Peake
  162. “The Grapes of Wrath”, John Steinbeck
  163. “The Great Gatsby”, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  164. “The Great Railway Bazaar”, Paul Theroux
  165. “The Green Child”, Reed
  166. “A Grief Observed”, Lewis
  167. “The Group”, McCarthy
  168. “Gulliver’s Travels”, Jonathon Swift
  169. “Hadrian the Seventh”, Rolfe
  170. “Hamlet, Revenge!”, Innes
  171. “The Handmaid’s Tale”, Margaret Atwood
  172. “The Happy Prince and Other Tales”, Oscar Wilde
  173. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, JK Rowling (note: it’s Socerer’s Stone in America)
  174. “The Haunted Man”, Charles Dickens
  175. “He Who Whispers”, Carr
  176. “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”, McCullers
  177. “Heart of Darkness”, Conrad (in to be read pile on ipad)
  178. “Heidi”, Spyri
  179. “Herzog”, Bellow
  180. “A High Wind in Jamaica”, Hughes
  181. “Hiroshima”, Hersey
  182. “Histories”, Heredotus
  183. “The History of Tom Jones”, Fielding
  184. “A History of Warfare”, Keegan
  185. “The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, Douglas Adams
  186. “Hitler and Stalin – Parallel Lives”, Bullock
  187. “The Holocaust – a Jewish Tradegy”, Gilbert
  188. “The Horse’s Mouth”, Carey
  189. “Hothouse”, Aldiss
  190. “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  191. “The Hour of Our Death”, Aries
  192. “A House and its Head”, Compton-Burnett
  193. “House for Mr Biswas”, Naipaul
  194. “The House of Mirth”, Edith Wharton
  195. “How Like an Angel”, Millar
  196. “Howard’s End”, EM Forster
  197. “The Human Comedy”, Saroyan
  198. “The Human Stain”, Roth
  199. “A Hundred Years of Solitude”, Marquez
  200. “Hunger”, Hamsun
  201. “I am Legend”, Richard Matheson
  202. “I, Robot”, Issac Asimov
  203. “I will bear Witness”, Klemperer
  204. “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller”, Calvino
  205. “Illiad”, Homer
  206. “An Imaginary Life”, Malouf
  207. “In the Castle of my Skin”, Lamming
  208. “In the Last Analysis”, Cross
  209. “In Patagonia”, Chatwin
  210. “In Praise of Older Women”, Vizinczey
  211. “In Search of Lost Time”, Proust
  212. “Interview with a Vampire”, Anne Rice
  213. “Into the Heart of Borneo”, O’Hanlon
  214. “The Invention of More!”, Casares
  215. “The Inverted World”, Priest
  216. “Islam in History”, Lewis
  217. “The Island of Dr. Moreau”, Wells
  218. “Islandia”, Wright
  219. “It”, Stephen King
  220. “Jacob Two – Two Meets the Hooded Fang”, Richler
  221. “Jane Eyre”, Charlotte Bronte
  222. “Journal Intime”, Amiel
  223. “Journal of a Solitude”, Sarton
  224. “Journal of Katherine Mansfield”, Mansfield
  225. “Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile”, Speke
  226. “Journey to the End of the Night”, Celine
  227. “Journey to the Hebrides”, Johnson and Boswell
  228. “Jude the Obscure”, Thomas Hardy
  229. “A Judgement in Stone”, Rendell
  230. “July’s People”, Gordimer
  231. “Just So Stories”, Rudyard Kipling
  232. “Kim”, Kipling
  233. “The King of the Golden River”, Ruskin
  234. “King Solomon’s Mines”, Haggard
  235. “The Kingdom of this World”, Carpentier
  236. “Kon Tiki”, Heyerdahl
  237. “La Bete Humaine”, Zola (“The Human Beast”)
  238. “La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West”, Parkman
  239. “Lady Audley’s Secret”, Braddon
  240. “L’Amant”, Durse (“The Lover”)
  241. “The Last Detective”, Lovesey
  242. “Last Exit to Brooklyn”, Selby
  243. “Last and First Men”, Stapledon
  244. “The Last Place on Earth”, Huntford
  245. “The Last Unicorn”, Beagle
  246. “The Laughing Policeman”, Sjowall and Wahloo
  247. “The Laxian Key”, Simak
  248. “Le Grand Meaulnes”, Alain-Fournien
  249. “Left Hand of Darkness”, LeGuin
  250. “The Leopard”, Tomasi di Lampedusa
  251. “Les Miserables”, Victor Hugo
  252. “Lest Darkness Fall”, Campo
  253. “Letters”, Pliny the Younger
  254. “Leviathan and the Air Pump”, Shapin
  255. “Life of Pi”, Martel
  256. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, C.S. Lewis
  257. “The Little Prince”, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  258. “Little Women”, Louisa May Alcott
  259. “Lolita”, Nabokov
  260. “London – The Biography”, Ackroyd
  261. “Lord of the Flies”, William Golding
  262. “Lost Horizon”, Hilton
  263. “Madam Bovary”, Flaubert
  264. “The Magic Mountain”, Mann
  265. “The Magician of Lublin”, Singer
  266. “Malice Aforethought”, Iles
  267. “The Man in the Net”, Quentin
  268. “The Man who Killed Himself”, Symons
  269. “The Man who Loved Children”, Stead
  270. “The Man who was Thursday”, G.K. Chesterton
  271. “The Martian Chronicles”, Ray Bradbury
  272. “Mary Poppins”, P.L. Travers
  273. “The Master and Margarita”, Bulgakov (currently reading)
  274. “The Master”, Toibin
  275. “Medieval Cities: Their Origin and the Revival of Trade”, Pirenne
  276. “The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Reign of Phillip II”, Braudel
  277. “Memoirs”, Neruda
  278. “Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter”, De Beauvoir
  279. “Memoirs of Hadrian”, Yourcenar
  280. “Memories, Dreams, Reflections”, Jung
  281. “The Messiah of Stockholm”, Ozick
  282. “Middlemarch: A study in Provincial Life”, Eliot
  283. “Millennium”, Ferdinandez-Armesto
  284. “The Misfortunes of Sophie”, Segur
  285. “Miss Smilla Feeling for Snow”, Peter Hoeg
  286. “Mr Hire’s Engagement”, Simenon
  287. “Mr Weston’s Good Wine”, Powys
  288. “Moby-Dick or The Whale”, Herman Melville
  289. “The Moonstone, a Romance”, Wilkie Collins
  290. “More than Human”, Theodore Sturgeon (in my to be read pile)
  291. “More work for the Undertaker”, Allingham
  292. “The Moving Toyshop”, Edmund Crispin
  293. “The Murder of Roger Ackyroyd”, Agatha Christie
  294. “The Murder Room”, James
  295. “My Family and Other Animals”, Laurence Durrell
  296. “My Journey to Lhasa”, David-Neel
  297. “My Left Foot”, Christie Brown
  298. “My Place”, Morgan
  299. “The Mystery of the Yellow Room”, Leroux
  300. “Nadja”, Breton
  301. “The Naked Heart”, Gay
  302. “The Naked Lunch”, Burroughs
  303. “The Name of the Rose”, Umberto Eco
  304. “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”, Edgar Allan Poe
  305. “The Nephew”, Purdy
  306. “Neuromancer”, Gibson
  307. “Never Cry Wolf”, Mowat
  308. “Neverending Story”, Ende
  309. “The New York Trilogy”, Auster
  310. “1984”, George Orwell
  311. “No orchids for Miss Blandish”, Chase
  312. “Nobody’s Boy”, Malot
  313. “North and South”, Elizabeth Gaskell
  314. “Northern Lights”, Philip Pullman
  315. “Old Goriot”, Balzac
  316. “The Old Man and the Sea”, Ernest Hemingway
  317. “On Fiji Islands”, Wright
  318. “On the Narrow Road to the Deep North”, Downer
  319. “Once were Warriors”, Duff
  320. “Oranges are not the Only Fruit”, Winterson
  321. “The Origins of the Second World War”, Taylor
  322. “The Ornament of the World”, Menocal
  323. “Oscar and Lucinda”, Carey
  324. “Our Lady of the Flowers”, Genet
  325. “Our Mutual Friend”, Charles Dickens
  326. “Out of the Silent Planet”, Lewis
  327. “The Outsider”, Camus
  328. “An Oxford Tragedy”, Masterman
  329. “Pagans and Christians”, Fox
  330. “The Palm-Wine Drinkard”, Tutuola
  331. “Pandemonium”, Jennings
  332. “Parallel Lives”, Plutarch
  333. “Passage to India”, E.M. Forester
  334. “Paula”, Allende
  335. “Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire”, Morris
  336. “Pedro Paramo”, Rulfo
  337. “Pentimento”, Hellman
  338. “A People’s History of the United States”, Zinn
  339. “Perfume”, Suskind
  340. “The Periodic Table”, Levi
  341. “Peter Pan”, J.M. Barrie
  342. “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, Oscar Wilde
  343. “The Pilgrim’s Progress”, Bunyan
  344. “A Pin to See the Peep-Show”, Jesse
  345. “Pinocchio”, Collodi
  346. “Pippi Longstocking”, Lindgren
  347. “Planet of the Apes”, Boulle
  348. “The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century”, Brewer
  349. “Poetry and Truth: From my Own Life”, Goethe
  350. “The Poisoned Chocolates Case”, Berkeley
  351. “The Portrait of a Lady”, Henry James
  352. “Possession”, A.S. Byatt
  353. “Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas”, Machado
  354. “The Power and the Glory”, Greene
  355. “Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, Spark
  356. “The Progress of Love”, Munro
  357. “Psycho”, Bloch
  358. “The Purple Land”, Hudson
  359. “The Pursuit of Love”, Nancy Mitford
  360. “Quiet as a Nun”, Fraser
  361. “The Radetzky March”, Roth
  362. “A Rage in Harlem”, Himes
  363. “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books”, Nafisi
  364. “Rebecca”, Daphe Du Maurier
  365. “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm”, Wiggin
  366. “The Red and the Black”, Stendhal
  367. “The Red Box”, Stout
  368. “A Red Death”, Mosley
  369. “Red Harvest”, Hammett
  370. “The Red House Mystery”, A.A. Milne
  371. “Regeneration Trilogy”, Barker
  372. “The Remains of the Day”, Ishiguro
  373. “Ringworld”, Niven
  374. “Rites of Spring”, Eksteins
  375. “The Road to Oxiana”, Byron
  376. “Roads to Santiago”, Nooteboom
  377. “Robinson Crusoe”, Daniel Defoe
  378. “Rose at Ten”, Denevi
  379. “A Rose for Winter”, Lee
  380. “Running in the Family”, Ondaatje
  381. “Sailing Along aroudn teh World”, Slocum
  382. “The Satanic Verses”, Salman Rushdie
  383. “The Scarlet Letter”, Nathanial Hawthorne (in to be read pile on ipad)
  384. “The Scorpion Fish”, Bouvier
  385. “The Sea of Fertility”, Mishima
  386. “The Sea, The Sea”, Murdoch
  387. “The Seasick Whale”, Kishon
  388. “The Secret Garden”, Elisaabeth Burnett
  389. “Sense and Sensibility”, Jane Austen
  390. “Seven Gothic Tales”, Dinesen
  391. “The Seven Per Cent Solution”, Meyer
  392. “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”, Lawrence
  393. “The Seven Storey Mountain”, Merton
  394. “Seven Years in Tibet”, Harrer
  395. “The Sheep Look Up”, Brunner
  396. “Shikasta”, Lessing
  397. “A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies”, Casas
  398. “Short Stories”, Saki
  399. “”A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush”, Newby
  400. “A Sicilian Romance”, Radcliffe
  401. “Stan”, Van Vogt
  402. “Slaughterhouse Five, or The Children’s Crusade”, Kurt Vonnegut
  403. “The Sleeping-Car Murders”, Japrisot
  404. “The Snow Leopard”, Matthiessen
  405. “Solaris”, Lem
  406. “Soldiers of Salamis”, Cercas
  407. “Sophie’s Choice”, Styron
  408. “Sophie’s World”, Jostein Gaarder
  409. “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, Goethe
  410. “The Sound and the Fury”, Faulkner
  411. “Southern Cross to Pole Star”, Tschiffely
  412. “Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited”, Nabokov
  413. “The Spy who Came in from the Cold”, Le Carre
  414. “Staying On”, Scott
  415. “The Steam Pig”, McClure
  416. “The Stepford Wives”, Levin
  417. “The Stories of John Cheever”, Cheever
  418. “The Story of English”, McCrum
  419. “The Story of My Life”, Keller
  420. “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, Stevenson
  421. “Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder”, De Mille
  422. “Stranger in a Strange Land”, Heinlein
  423. “The Stripping of the Altars”, Duffy
  424. “Suicide Excepted”, Hare
  425. “The Sunday Woman”, Fruttero
  426. “Surfacing”, Atwood
  427. “Swallows and Amazons”, Ransome
  428. “The Sweet Heather”, Banks
  429. “The Sword in the Stone”, White
  430. “Take a Girl Like You”, Amis
  431. “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, Beatrix Potter
  432. “Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque”, Poe
  433. “Tales of Odessa”, Babel
  434. “Things Fall Apart”, Achebe
  435. “The Third Policeman”, Flann O’Brian
  436. “The Thousand and One Nights”, anonymous
  437. “Three Men in a Boat”, Jerome K Jerome
  438. “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich”, Dick
  439. “Thus was Adonis Murdered”, Caudwell
  440. “The Time of the Hero”, Llosa
  441. “The Time Traders”, Norton
  442. “The Tin Drum”, Grass
  443. “To the Lighthouse”, Virgina Wolfe
  444. “To Your Scattered Bodies Go”, Farmer
  445. “Tom’s Midnight Garden”, Pearce
  446. “The Towars of Trebizond”, Macauley
  447. “A Tramp Abroad”, Mark Twain
  448. “The Traveller’s Tree”, Fermor
  449. “Travels”, Battuta
  450. “The Travels”, Marco Polo
  451. “Travels with Charley”, Steinbeck
  452. “Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes”, Stevenson
  453. “Treasure Island”, Stevenson
  454. “Trent’s Last Case”, Bentley
  455. “The Trial”, Kafka
  456. “Trial and Error”, Berkeley
  457. “The Trial of Socrates”, Stone
  458. “Two Planets”, Lasswitz
  459. “2001:  A Space Odyssey”, Arthur C. Clarke
  460. “Ulysses”, James Joyce
  461. “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”, Kundera
  462. “Underworld”, Delillo
  463. “Unless”, Shields
  464. “Unnatural Exposure”, Patricia Cornwell
  465. “Unquiet Grave: A World Cycle by Palinurus”, Connolly
  466. “Utopia”, More
  467. “The Valley of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels”, Stark
  468. “Vanity Fair”, William Makepeace Thackeray
  469. “Vathek: An Arabian Tale”, Beckford
  470. “Vendetta”, Michael Dibdin
  471. “The Vicar of Wakefield”, Oliver Goldsmith
  472. “Victory”, Conrad
  473. “Video Night in Kathmandu”, Iyer
  474. “Voss”, White
  475. “Voyage on HMS Beagle”, Charles Darwin
  476. “Walden; or Life in the Woods”, Henry David Thoreau
  477. “The War of the Buttons”, Pergaud
  478. “War and Peace” Leo Tolstoy
  479. “The Wars”, Findley
  480. “Waverley”, Walter Scott
  481. “Ways of Escape”, Greene
  482. “The Weirdstone of Brisingamen”, Garner
  483. “What we Talk About when we Talk about Love”, Carver
  484. “Where the Jackals Howl”, Oz
  485. “Where the Wild Things Are”, Sendak
  486. “The White Hotel”, Thomas
  487. “Who Goes There”, Campbell
  488. “Wildlife”, Ford
  489. “The Wind in the Willows”, Kenneth Grahame
  490. “Winesburg, Ohio”, Anderson
  491. “Winnie-the-Pooh”, A.A. Milne
  492. “The Woman in White”, Wilkie Collins
  493. “Women in Love”, D.H. Lawrence
  494. “The Women’s History of the World”, Miles
  495. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, Baum (in to be read pile on ipad)
  496. “Words”, Sartre
  497. “The World According to Garp”, John Irving
  498. “The Wretched of the Earth”, Fanon
  499. “A Wrinkle in Time”, L’Engle
  500. “Wuthering Heights”, Bronte
  501. clearly I have missed out one during typing up this list. It will show up, eventually!

6 responses to “501 Books You Must Read

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  2. Noelle Ameijenda

    That’s some ambitious list Grace! I might have Allende’s Paula, or A hundred years of Solitude, by Marquez. I’ll try hunting them out for you.
    Noelle

  3. 26 down of 501

    My $0.02:
    –A glaring omission from the 501 List: Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” –Fukuyama’s “The End of History and the Last Man” is so politically biased towards conservatism that it borders on being propaganda. No idea how it made the list. “The Twilight of Capitalism” by Michael Harrington would be a worthy counterpoint to Fukuyama.
    –“The Naked Lunch” is utter trash.
    –“Crime and Punishment” by Dostoevsky is hands-down my favorite thus far.

    • wordfoolery

      Yeah, I’d love to know how the books were chosen. I’m surprised Machiavelli’s “The Prince” was excluded. I’ve haven’t read Fukuyama or Harrington yet. Not a fan of the movie of “Naked Lunch” myself, but yet to judge the book. “Invisible Man” may have been a bit too recent to be included on the list which was first published in 2006 (I think). Yep, I really liked “Crime and Punishment”. Best part of reading the 501 for me so far is finding new authors to enjoy – worst part is the odd book which I’ve really loathed.

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