Book List

In a quest to be better read and more enlightened, I am (slowly) making my way through Exclusive Books’ 101 books to read before you die list:

The books that made the list are the books you’ve read, re-read and always wanted to read. Books which have made the list have defined eras, created friends instead of characters, entertained generation upon generation and have become true legends of literature. ~ media release

I am not particularly well read, so it is going to take a while for me to get through the list. I am also one of those people who can read 5-10 books at a time. I tend to pick up a book, read a bit and then forget about if for a while. It’s nothing personal to the book involved, just one of my idiosyncrasies. So it is entirely likely that I am currently reading a fair amount of the books on the list.

Current Count: 20 of 101

1.       The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (half way…)

2.       The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (busy reading)

3.       Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

4.       To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

5.       The Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

6.       The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

7.       The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

8.       Life of Pi – Yann Martel (started…)

9.       The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

10.   The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

11.   Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

12.   Spud – John van de Ruit

13.   The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay (read years ago… must read again) 

14.   The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

15.   Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

16.   Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts (must read again in full)

17.   Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

18.   Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

19.   Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

20.   The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

21.   One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

22.   Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee

23.   My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

24.   The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

25.   Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

26.   Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

27.   Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

28.   Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

29.   Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton (need to read again)

30.   The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

31.   A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

32.   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon

33.   Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

34.   Atonement – Ian McEwan

35.   Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

36.   The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

37.   The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

38.   Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

39.   Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

40.   Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

41.   The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

42.   I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb

43.   A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

44.   Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

45.   War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy

46.   Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel

47.   The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

48.   The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

49.   The Secret History – Donna Tartt

50.   Possession – A. S. Byatt

51.   Perfume – Patrick Suskind

52.   The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende

53.   Chocolat – Joanne Harris

54.   The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith (half way)

55.   Q & A – Vikas Swarup

56.   Dune – Frank Herbert

57.   Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

58.   Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels

59.   River God – Wilbur Smith

60.   Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

61.   Lord of the Flies – William Golding

62.   The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

63.   Mort – Terry Pratchett

64.   Crime and Punishment – Feodor Dostoyevsky

65.   The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood

66.   East of Eden – John Steinbeck

67.   The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

68.   The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory

69.   The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

70.   The Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy

71.   Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

72.   Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding

73.   The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

74.   Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (read as a child, need to re-read)

75.   Animal Farm – George Orwell

76.   The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

77.   Watership Down – Richard Adams

78.   Magician – Raymond E Feist

79.   Middlemarch – George Eliot

80.   The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth

81.   We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

82.   The Magus – John Fowles

83.   The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

84.   Agaat – Marlene van Niekerk

85.   The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

86.   The Shell Seekers – Rosamunde Pilcher

87.   The Colour Purple – Alice Walker

88.   The Beach House – James Patterson

89.   Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak

90.   Kringe in ‘n Bos – Dalene Matthee (read as a child, need to re-read)

91.   The World according to Garp – John Irving

92.   Northen Lights – Phillip Pullman

93.   Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

94.   Shades – Marguerite Poland

95.   Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer

96.   Fiela se kind – Dalene Matthee

97.   Story of an African Farm – Olive Schreiner

98.   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

99.   The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton (read as a child, need to re-read)

100. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

101. Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne (read as a child, need to re-read)

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