Amazon’s 100 Books to Read: How Many Have You Checked Off?

LibraryFor travelers who can’t quite decide what book to buy (or download) for their next vacation, here’s some help: has recently released a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, a “bucket list of books to create a well-read life.”

The chosen titles span two centuries, and include everything from classics like “Great Expectations” and “Pride & Prejudice,” to modern pop culture favorites, like Gillian Flynn’s thriller “Gone Girl” and Stephen King’s “The Shining,” to selections from best-selling young adult series like “The Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter.” The list also include two Pulitzer Prize winners (Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies”), one Man Booker Prize winner (Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”) and one Caldecott Medal Winner (Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”).

Unlike other parts of the ecommerce giant, Amazon says the list was hand-curated by an editorial team and not based on any algorithms. One of the more highly-debated titles was George Orwell’s dystopian tale “1984.”

“It wasn’t so much ‘Is ‘1984’ a great book?’ but ‘Should we put “1984” or “Brave New World”?’,” editorial director of print and Kindle books Sara Nelson told CNN. “Should we put ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘The Hobbit’? On a 100 book list, you probably can’t put both… We tried to find books that were iconic and that would lead to other books.”

What do you think of Amazon’s list? How many have you read?

8 thoughts on “Amazon’s 100 Books to Read: How Many Have You Checked Off?

    1. any change from the forever reading lists is a delight to me. Ive read lots of these books and really enjoyed them and i shall pursue those i havent run into before…………..thanks

    2. B. Real

      Exactly! I must say that very, very few of these 100 are useful… I’d say “1984” and “Animal Farm”, and that’s about it; maybe someone will argue for 1 or 2 more, but clearly most of these 100 have little purpose other than perhaps entertainment or self-congratulations for reading it.

      I’d love to see someone come up with a USEFUL Top 100!!!

      Might I suggest: Something on Logic, something on Scientific Method, something on American History, something on World History, something on trends in Technology (“The Singularity is Near” by Ray Kurzweil comes to mind!), something on Business, something on Communication & Relationship skills, something on Investments, something on Nutrition…

      And SCREW the idea of a “bucket” list! Who needs buckets? What are YOUR suggestions for a “USEFUL” list!

  1. dave young

    ok top 100 easy reading list some very good choices of course but no steinbeck? joyce? hemingway? hunger games huh? maybe this is more “hey buy me from amazon” list still anything to get more people to read good list to start from never can have it all but fun to do these kind of lists

  2. Josie


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