A Fool of Myself

Reading Bucket List

For those of you who know me even a little bit you know — or should know — that I am an avid reader. Certainly before I was married and had a kid I read more, but I joined a book club last year, and I am reading for pleasure again! You should also know that I am a pupil of Getting Things Done, and that I use lists to keep my brain empty. (This list would qualify as a Someday/Maybe list.) I am using this post to keep track of my “reading bucket list,” that is, my list of books to read before I die. Some of these books I have had on my list since I was a little girl, some I have added just today, and some I will add in the future. They are listed alphabetically by author, and I am crossing them off as I read them.

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams*
  2. Watership Down by Richard Adams*
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*
  4. Kane And Abel by Jeffrey Archer*
  5. The Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M Auel*
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
  7. Persuasion by Jane Austen*
  8. Emma by Jane Austen*
  9. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  10. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  11. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  12. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  13. Noughts And Crosses by Malorie Blackman*
  14. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  15. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton*
  16. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë*
  17. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë*
  18. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett*
  19. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot*
  20. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll*
  21. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho*
  22. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer*
  23. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  24. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  25. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  26. The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins*
  27. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl*
  28. The BFG by Roald Dahl*
  29. Matilda by Roald Dahl*
  30. The Twits by Roald Dahl*
  31. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres*
  32. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
  33. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens*
  34. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens*
  35. A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens*
  36. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  37. Bleak House by Charles Dickens*
  38. Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky*
  39. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier*
  40. The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas*
  41. Middlemarch by George Eliot*
  42. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  43. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  44. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks*
  45. Magician by Raymond E Feist*
  46. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding*
  47. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald*
  48. The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett*
  49. The Magus by John Fowles*
  50. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons*
  51. Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden*
  52. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding*
  53. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame*
  54. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy*
  55. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy*
  56. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller*
  57. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  58. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  59. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  60. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  61. Dune by Frank Herbert*
  62. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
  63. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving*
  64. Ulysses by James Joyce*
  65. On The Road by Jack Kerouac*
  66. The Stand by Stephen King*
  67. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
  68. The Lion by the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis*
  69. Prince Caspian by CS Lewis
  70. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis
  71. The Silver Chair by CS Lewis
  72. The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis
  73. The Magician’s Nephew by CS Lewis
  74. The Last Battle by CS Lewis
  75. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian*
  76. One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez*
  77. Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez*
  78. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCollough*
  79. The Atonement by Ian McEwan
  80. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne*
  81. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell*
  82. Anne Of Green Gables by LM Montgomery*
  83. Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery
  84. Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery
  85. Anne of Windy Poplars by LM Montgomery
  86. Anne’s House of Dreams by LM Montgomery
  87. Anne of Ingleside by LM Montgomery
  88. Rainbow Valley by LM Montgomery
  89. Rilla of Ingleside by LM Montgomery
  90. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  91. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell*
  92. Animal Farm by George Orwell*
  93. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake*
  94. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher*
  95. Mort by Terry Pratchett*
  96. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett*
  97. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett*
  98. The Colour Of Magic by Terry Pratchett*
  99. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman*
  100. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman*
  101. The Godfather by Mario Puzo*
  102. Swallows And Amazons by Arthur Ransome*
  103. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling*
  104. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling*
  105. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by JK Rowling*
  106. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by JK Rowling*
  107. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
  108. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
  109. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  110. The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy*
  111. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie*
  112. Holes by Louis Sachar*
  113. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger*
  114. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth*
  115. Katherine by Anya Seton*
  116. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell*
  117. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute*
  118. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith*
  119. The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck*
  120. Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck*
  121. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson*
  122. Perfume by Patrick Süskind*
  123. The Secret History by Donna Tartt*
  124. The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien*
  125. The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien*
  126. The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien*
  127. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien*
  128. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy*
  129. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy*
  130. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell*
  131. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  132. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  133. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  134. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  135. Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
  136. Slaugherhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  137. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh*
  138. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  139. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
  140. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  141. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  142. The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
  143. The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells
  144. In the Days of the Comet by H.G. Wells
  145. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  146. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  147. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
  148. Summer by Edith Wharton
  149. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  150. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  151. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  152. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  153. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  154. On the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  155. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  156. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  157. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  158. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  159. The Story Of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson*
  160. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson*
  161. Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson*
  162. Girls In Love by Jacqueline Wilson*
  163. Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf

* Books listed on the BBC’s Big Read Top 100 Books, as nominated by the public in 2003. Common Internet lore asserts that most people have only read six books on this list.


One thought on “Reading Bucket List

  1. Roald Dahl is a great read aloud when your son gets a little older. Kate DiCamillo has some amazing read allies too. We loved Tale of Despereux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

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