1001 Books to Read


Undertaking the Challenge


I’m attempting to complete the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge (2010 edition). I will review these books as I read them and tag them accordingly. I’m officially 100 books in, not all have been enjoyable, but I have also discovered some hidden gems. Links go to reviews where I have written them.Anyone else who is undertaking a similar challenge is welcomed to join me. Email me if you’d like to guest post on any of these novels!These are ordered by their publication date.

Completed – 115 Books

  • #12 – Falling Man by: Don DeLillo
  • #41 – Life of Pi by: Yann Martel
  • #43 – Atonement by: Ian McEwan
  • #71 – Underworld by: Don DeLillo
  • #84 – Infinite Jest by: David Foster Wallace
  • #86 – Alias Grace by: Margaret Atwood
  • #89 – Santa Evita by: Tomas Eloy
  • #127 – All the Pretty Horses by: Cormac McCarthy
  • #147 – American Psycho by: Bret Easton Ellis
  • #157 – The Buddha of Suburbia by: Hanif Kureishi
  • #167 – Like Water for Chocolate by: Laura Esquivel
  • #168 – A Prayer for Owen Meany by: John Irving
  • #172 – Foucault’s Pendulum by: Umberto Eco
  • #186 – The Black Dahlia by: James Ellroy
  • #191 – Beloved by: Toni Morrison
  • #209 – Love in the Time of Cholera by: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • #212 – The Cider House Rules by: John Irving
  • #214 – Contact by: Carl Sagan
  • #218 – The Handmaid’s Tale by: Margaret Atwood
  • #221 – White Noise by: Don DeLillo
  • #232 – The Wasp Factory by: Iain Banks
  • #233 – Neuromancer by: William Gibson
  • #256 – Schindler’s Ark by: Thomas Keneally
  • #272 – Confederacy of Dunces by: John Kennedy Toole
  • #284 – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by: Douglas Adams
  • #285 – The Cement Garden by: Ian McEwan
  • #291 – Requiem for a Dream by: Hubert Selby Jr.
  • #294 – The Shining by: Stephen King
  • #305 – Interview With the Vampire by: Anne Rice
  • #339 – Surfacing by: Margaret Atwood
  • #344 – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by: Hunter S. Thompson
  • #363 – Slaughterhouse Five by: Kurt Vonnegut
  • #366 – Portnoy’s Complaint by: Phillip Roth
  • #367 – The Godfather by: Mario Puzo
  • #375 – 2001: A Space Odyssey by: Arthur C. Clarke
  • #376 – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by: Phillip K. Dick
  • #386 – One Hundred Years of Solitude by: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • #416 – Cat’s Cradle by: Kurt Vonnegut
  • #422 – The Bell Jar by: Sylvia Plath
  • #430 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by: Ken Kesey
  • #431 – A Clockwork Orange by: Anthony Burgess
  • #436 – Stranger in a Strange Land by: Robert Heinlein
  • #445 – Catch-22 by: Joseph Heller
  • #452 – To Kill a Mockingbird by: Harper Lee
  • #463 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by: Truman Capote
  • #481 – The Once and Future King by: T.H. White
  • #482 – On the Road by: Jack Kerouac
  • #492 – The Talented Mr. Ripley by: Patricia Highsmith
  • #493 – Lolita by: Vladimir Nabokov
  • #508 – Lord of the Flies by: William Golding
  • #520 – Casino Royale by: Ian Fleming
  • #525 – The Invisible Man by: Ralph Ellison
  • #526 – The Old Man and the Sea by: Ernest Hemingway
  • #534 – Catcher in the Rye by: J.D. Salinger
  • #545 – A Town Like Alice by: Nevil Shute
  • #547 – I, Robot by: Isaac Asimov
  • #554 – Nineteen Eighty-Four by: George Orwell
  • #556 – This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by: Tadeusz Borowski
  • #566 – The Plague by: Albert Camus
  • #573 – Zorba the Greek by: Nikos Kanantzákis
  • #583 – Animal Farm by: George Orwell
  • #600 – For Whom the Bell Tolls by: Ernest Hemingway
  • #607 – The Grapes of Wrath by: John Steinbeck
  • #613 – Rebecca by: Daphne du Maurier
  • #619 – Of Mice and Men by: John Steinbeck
  • #630 – Gone With the Wind by: Margaret Mitchell
  • #634 – At the Mountain of Madness by: H.P. Lovecraft
  • #644 – The Postman Always Rings Twice by: James M. Cain
  • #659 – Brave New World by: Aldous Huxley
  • #698 – The Sun Also Rises by: Ernest Hemingway
  • #705 – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by: Agatha Christie
  • #709 – The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • #711 – The Trial by: Franz Kafka
  • #717 – We by: Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • #718 – A Passage to India by: E.M. Forster
  • #724 – Siddhartha by: Herman Hesse
  • #729 – Ulysses by: James Joyce
  • #731 – Crome Yellow by: Aldous Huxley
  • #769 – The Jungle by: Upton Sinclair
  • #774 – House of Mirth by: Edith Wharton
  • #784 – Heart of Darkness by: Joseph Conrad
  • #794 – The Awakening by: Kate Chopin
  • #797 – The War of The Worlds by: H.G. Wells
  • #802 – Dracula by: Bram Stoker
  • #804 – The Island of Dr. Moreau by: H.G. Wells
  • #810 – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by: Sir Conan Arthur Doyle
  • #814 – Tess of d’Urbervilles by: Thomas Hardy
  • #816 – The Picture of Dorian Gray by: Oscar Wilde
  • #828 – The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde by: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • #832 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by: Mark Twain
  • #848 – Anna Karenina by: Leo Tolstoy
  • #854 – Around the World in Eighty Days by: Jules Verne
  • #860 – Through the Looking Glass by: Lewis Carroll
  • #862 – War and Peace by: Leo Tolstoy
  • #866 – The Idiot by: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • #867 – Little Women by: Louisa May Alcott
  • #871 – Crime and Punishment by: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • #873 – Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland by: Lewis Carroll
  • #877 – Les Miserables by: Victor Hugo
  • #880 – Great Expectations by: Charles Dickens
  • #895 – Moby-Dick by: Herman Melville
  • #896 – The Scarlet Letter by: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • #899 – Wuthering Heights by: Emily Bronte
  • #900 – Vanity Fair by: William Makepeace Thackery
  • #901 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • #902 – The Count of Monte Cristo by: Alexandre Dumas
  • #906 – The Pit and the Pendulum by: Edgar Allen Poe
  • #911 – The Fall of the House of Usher by: Edgar Allen Poe
  • #914 – Oliver Twist by: Charles Dickens
  • #930 – Emma by: Jane Austen
  • #932 – Pride and Prejudice by: Jane Austen
  • #967 – Candide by: Voltaire
  • #976 – A Modest Proposal by: Jonathan Swift
Last updated: 6 Jul 2015