40 best books to read before you die

40 best books to read before you die  This is an article about which are the “best books” to read.  I love these lists, although I feel that they don’t really mean anything.  They are someone’s opinions about what is best.  I enjoy them because they give me ideas about what to read next, and also about what to write about.

40 books spreadsheet  is where I will track my progress, but I will also write about each book as I read it.  Some of them I have read or have started to read already, as usual

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, Sue Townsend
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
1984, George Orwell
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
The Code of the Woosters, PG Wodehouse
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Middlemarch, George Eliot
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Dune, Frank Herbert
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K Dick
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Dracula, Bram Stoker
The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Dangerous Liaisons, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Trial, Franz Kafka
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

 

 

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