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



Guest blogger topic 2

Favorite movie based on a book

I loved the whole Harry Potter series.  A lot of the books were left out of the movies, though, but the books were sooooo long, this is understandable.

I also loved the Hunger Games series.  Again, a lot of the background stuff was missed in the movies, because a lot was in Katniss’s head.  And, the movies would have been way too long.


Guest blogger topic 1

Book you read as a child but reread as an adult

The Handmaids Tale was one I read in high school. So, can I really say I was a child? I can tell you, though, that I didn’t remember much of the story. Also, I don’t think I read it all the way through. The epilogue was probably the most important part of the book, and I think I missed it. When I read it as an adult, it hit home. It was a wonderfully powerful book. Definitely worth reading.

20 books… #3

Twenty books most people lie about reading

Harry Potter series

I adored the whole series, but the later books had more substance, I think.  I have seen more people admit to not reading the series in the past few months than I have since the books were first published.

My daughter finished the series when she was in second grade. The last book took her a day and a half to read. She came up for air to eat and use the restroom. She loved them.

20 books… #2

Twenty books most people lie about reading

To Kill a Mockingbird was a book I read when I was going through a hard time.  I almost quit when I got to the trial part, but I put it down for a day and picked it up.  I needed to finish it.  I am glad that I did.  It was a well written book with a good message.  It was worth reading and not lying about reading.

I did try reading Go Set a Watchman, but I found myself too distracted to get into it.  I may attempt to get to it one of these days, but it isn’t high on my list.

20 books… #1

Twenty books most people lie about reading

I am going to start with the book I refuse to finish reading.  Fifty Shades of Grey.  There was much hype over this book when it first came out, and when each of the sequels came out.  My goodness… I can’t believe that this book got through the editors.  I only got through the first three chapters before putting it down.  It was poorly phrased and written like a third grader could have done a better job.  I knew going in that it was thinly disguised erotica.  I feel that it did so well because so many women took it as a license to read erotica publicly without embarrassment.  It’s more embarrassing to read it because of the writing, not because of the topic, in my opinion.