Welcome back to part two of this series!
#51 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I haven’t read The Scarlett Letter however the book is on my shelf so I’m hoping to read it this autumn! I’m not even sure if the book is set in autumn, but to me it just feels like an autumnal read.
#52 Beloved by Toni Morrison
I haven’t read anything by Toni Morrison however, once again, I do have the book on my shelf and need to get round to reading it. There seems to be a pattern here that for the books I haven’t read, I have got them on my shelf but just haven’t found the time to read them yet.
#53 Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
No, I haven’t read this book and I don’t know too much about it.
#54 Watership Down by Richard Adams
I haven’t read Watership Down. I’ve always thought that Watership Down was a childreen’s book but doing a little research on it, there seems to be some dark themes throughout the book and the BBC adaptation a couple of years ago was quite dark too.
#55 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Yes! This is one of my favourite books. I read this book every year at Christmas and, for me, it kind of marks the start of the Christmas period and festivities.
#56 A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
I’ve never read any of Irving’s work and if I’m honest, I’ve never heard of this book. I always thought that The Cider House Rules was Irving’s most popular book…
#57 The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I’ve not read this book and I’m not sure if it’s really in my area of interest.
#58 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I’ve not read this book but I do know that it’s very popular and, from doing some research, it sounds like it’s popular for good reason! This is definitely on my list of books I want to read.
#59 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
I said I would try and read War and Peace this year. And the last year. But yet it hasn’t happened… The book is very big and very intimidating and either I need to think of a plan to approach it or just go for it! I know it’s supposed to be a very thought-provoking book and I am looking forward to the day that I do decide to pick it up.
#60 The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I haven’t read this book but it does sound like it would be very interesting and seems like something that I would want to read.
#61 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Yes! I love Frankenstein. It is one of my favourite classics and Mary Shelley is one of the best classic authors (in my opinion). It’s a great place to start if you’re new to reading classics, it’s also a great book to read in autumn/Hallowe’en.
#62 Brideshead Revisted by Evelyn Waugh
I haven’t read Brideshead Revisited however I think it’s a book that I will at some point add to my TBR. From a quick Google search, the book seems to be relatively “romance-focused”.
#63 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I haven’t read this book! Let me know if you think it’s worth a read.
#64 The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
I have read all seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia. I used to love these books as a child and have been thinking for some time now that I’m due a re-read of these books.
#65 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
I haven’t read this book but I remember when it came out; it was super popular but I was definitely too young to read it (I was more on The Chronicles of Narnia sort of wave-length).
#66 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
I haven’t read this book and I’m not sure if I’ve read any Thomas Hardy. I think it’s definitely about time that I read some Thomas Hardy and I think Tess would be a great place to start.
#67 Persuasion by Jane Austen
Yes! I love all of Jane Austen’s book.
#68 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
I haven’t read Hamlet but I do want to read more of Shakespeare’s works.
#69 The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I did read this book when I was a lot younger but I can’t find my copy now. I do want to re-read it at some point as I think it’s an incredibly harrowing and inspirational book.
#70 Emma by Jane Austen
Yes! This is one of my favourite Jane Austen books, alongside Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. If you haven’t seen the latest movie adaptation of Emma starring Anya Taylor Joy then I Would definitely recommend watching it.
#71 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
I’d always thought that I had read Olive Twist however, I was just so familiar with the story through watching the film and theatre show. I haven’t read the book but I do have a beautiful vintage copy of it that I would love to read at some point.
#72 Dune by Frank Herbert
I haven’t read this book and don’t know anything about it!
#73 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I have read this book and love it! I also love all the film adaptations of it. It’s such a crazy world to read into and is pure escapism.
#74 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I haven’t read any Arthur Conan Doyle but his work is definitely something I could see myself reading in the autumn season.
#75 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I haven’t read this book but the summary on Google makes it sound like a very interesting read: In 1938, young orphan Liesel arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa. When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel’s new family barely scrape by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saves Hans’ life.
#76 The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
No, I haven’t read this book! I’ve never read anything by Alexandre Dumas. Let me know if I should!
#77 The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Nope! Also never heard of this book.
#78 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Yes! This was the first Jane Austen book I properly read (as an adult who could understand what was going on).
#79 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Nope! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the author either.
#80 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
I haven’t read this book but I do have it on my shelf. I do want to get into reading some more books set during the World Wars so I think this might be a good place to start.
#81 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
I haven’t read this book but it’s definitely on my list to read! Such a well-known and well-loved classic.
#82 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
I haven’t read Don Quixote but would be really interested to read it.
#83 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I haven’t read this book, nor have I watched the film starring Reese Witherspoon.
#84 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
No, I haven’t read The Bell Jar. Yet. This is a book that I really want to read. It follows the life of Esther Greenwood, a college student who dreams of becoming a poet. She goes on a month-long summer internship as a guest editor of a magazine but her time at this placement is unfulfilling as she struggles with issues of identity and social norms.
#85 The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Yes! I have read this book a couple of times. I also really enjoyed watching the BBC adaptation that was on TV a few years back. Definitely one of the best sensational novels out there!
#86 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I have read The Alchemist but this was quite a while ago. I remember it being quite profound but I also remember feeling that it was slightly over-rated.
#87 Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
I haven’t read this book however I do know that it is one of Hardy’s most popular books. I did enjoy watching the movie adaptation of it.
#88 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
I haven’t read this book though my boyfriend does have a copy on his shelf that I might need to pinch to see what all the hype is about!
#89 Bleak House by Charles Dickens
I haven’t yet read Bleak House. It’s definitely on my list of Dickens’ books that I want to read.
#90 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
I haven’t read this book but I do have a copy on my shelf. I am excited to get to it and hopefully will read it in the next couple of months – it’s quite a short read!
#91 The Stranger by Albert Camus
I have just finished reading this book in French and I really loved it! You’ll be hearing more about my thoughts on it in my June wrap-up at the end of the month.
#92 His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
I did read these books as a child but would love to read them again as an adult, particularly as I loved the BBC adaptation so much.
#93 Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Yes! I have read this book. And also watched all the films and loved them all equally. Such an easy, light-hearted read.
#94 Winnie the Pooh A.A. Milne
I read these books when I was a child but haven’t read them as an adult.
#95 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Another Hemingway book that I haven’t read. I have heard great things about this book and it’s very well-loved. Definitely going on my list to read!
#96 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellinson
I haven’t read The Invisible Man. I haven’t heard much about it but from a quick Google search it seems to be narrated by a nameless, young black man who lives in 20th-century USA. Effectively he is invisible because the people he encounters see only his surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination. It seems quite a complex and deep book; I’d definitely be interested in reading it.
#97 The Giver by Lois Lowry
I havne’t read this book and I have to admit that I haven’t heard of it beforehand. According to Google it’s a young adult dystopian book.
#98 Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
I haven’t read any of the books by this author though I do always see a lot of them in the library. The book is set on a Greek island and follows the lives of a group of people whose lives become intertwined during the Italian and German occupation during WW2.
#99 In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
I haven’t read this book but it’s definitely on my list of books to read! This is a non-fiction book detailing the murders of four members of the same family in Kansas. It’s something I would be interested to read.
#100 The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
I haven’t read any books by Kazuo Ishiguro but I know they’re quite popular and this particular book has been made into a very well-known film.
So there we have it! The list of 100 books you should read in your lifetime and my progress with that list.
Total books read: 37 out of 100.
If I’m honest, I thought I would have read way more than that! I’ve definitely got some work to do.
How many of these books have you read?
Thanks for reading!
Love, Zoë xx