50 books to read before you die
50 books to read before you die is another reading challenge. A reading challenge I found on a bookmark made of metal, bought in a bookstore. And I of course intend to complete the list of 50 books to read before you die. I have set up a few rules for myself though.
If you like reading challenges as much as I do, feel free to read along with me and let me know how you’re doing! You can also check out my progress in my other reading challenges. The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge and the Reading The World Challenge. It’s going to take a while for me to complete all these challenges inbetween moodreading, reading current and new works and having time for review copies as well.
I’ll make sure to update this list with my reviews as I go along!
Rules for my 50 books to read before you die challenge
- First rule is, that previously read works do not count. I have to read every book on my bookmark anew.
- The 50 books must be read in the order they appear on the bookmark and not by convenience to me
- I cannot miss a single book even if I know or suspect that I will not enjoy it.
- It can take me as long as I need to finish
- I may not buy new books in the process – I have to procure the books by borrowing or otherwise gaining free copies. (Most of the older ones should be available as free e-books due to their age).
- I can only read physical books or e-books, no audiobooks will count in this challenge.
- The bookmark must be used when reading each book
Let’s get started on this reading challenge!
Now that the rules are in place and I’ve announced publicly that I’ll throw myself into yet another reading challenge, there is no way back. This one should be fun though. In all fairness, some of these books will also be on the Rory Gilmore reading list, but I’ll only read them once and according to the above rules. Some of them are series and the list also includes the Bible (Christian Bible I assume), so I will have plenty of reading material.
Are you ready to read 50 of the modern western world’s great classics? (According to a metal bookmark I found somewhere in a bookstore that shall not be named).
Let’s get to the list of books to read!
List of 50 books to read before you die
*This list is organized in the same manner as the bookmark, and not alphabetically
- “The Lord of The Rings Trilogy” by J.R.R. Tolkien
- “1984” by George Orwell
- “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen
- “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck
- “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
- “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte
- “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte
- “A Passage to India” by E.M. Forster
- “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
- “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare
- “A Bend in the River” by V.S. Naipaul
- “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
- “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath
- “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
- “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Anne Frank
- “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes
- “The Bible” by Various (*This is how it is stated on the bookmark)
- “The Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer
- “Ulysses” by James Joyce
- “The Quiet American” by Graham Greene
- “Birdsong” by Sebastion Faulks
- “Money” by Martin Amis
- “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling
- “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville
- “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame
- “His Dark Materials Trilogy” by Philip Pullman
- “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy
- “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
- “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier
- “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon
- “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac
- “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad
- “The Way We Live Now” by Anthony Trollope
- “The Outsider” by Albert Camus
- “The Colour Purple” by Alice Walker
- “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel
- “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
- “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells
- “Men Without Women” by Ernest Hemingway
- “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift
- “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
- “Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
- “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe
- “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey
- “Catch 22” by Joseph Heller
- “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas
- “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden
- “The Divine Comedy” by Alighieri Dante
- “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde