1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Total Read: 35/1000

Sometimes when I am in a bookstore, I feel lost. I feel lost in the cascade of titles, authors and book covers. All of them can possibly be life-changing good or possibly I-regret-buying-this bad. So when I tumbled on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I felt comforted. To me, this list is like a guide to which books I should read. It doesn't have everything (like the Harry Potter Series) but it's a very good guide. I know that its impractical to think I can finish it in my lifetime. I hope I can't, because I am hoping to live a full life that would feel like something out of a book, not a life behind books.

I am publishing this so I can keep a concrete list in case my files get destroyed. Below is the list of books I read from Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die. The text have links from the original wordpress post I copied it from. If you wanna see the full list, you can click the link above.

49. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (1)
It is surprisingly more morbid and gory than the movie. Still amazing though. This is a type of book that leaves an afterthought which lasts for weeks.

52. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho (2)
-(check my Paulo Coehlo post :))

90. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho (3)
-(check my Paulo Coehlo post :))

93. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (4)
Beautiful. Just as beautiful as her stunning gray eyes.

436. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (5)
This is easily a favorite of mine. I would read it again and again at times just for leisure. The book has characters that are worth revisiting.

456. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (6)

496. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (7)
Controversial yet it is unique and well written.

529. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (8)

574. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (9)
This is my favorite book of all time. Some points of the book make me cry every time I read it. It is not simply a children's book. You have to read between the lines.

779 a. The Call of the Wild – Jack London (11)
781. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (12)
783. Kim – Rudyard Kipling (35)
789. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James (13)
794. Dracula – Bram Stoker (10)
799. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy (14)
804. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (15)
809. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (16)
820. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson (17)
825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (18)
831. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson (19)
846. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (20)
868. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (21)
873. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo (22)
880. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (23)
883. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (24)
897. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Lawthorne (25)
905. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray (26)
908. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas (27)
909. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe (28)
911. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe (29)
913. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (30)
916. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe (31)
917. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens (32)
918. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (33)
931. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (34)