TAG: Amazon’s 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime

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Many thanks to splashesintobooks and mistysbookspace for nominating be on this tag. It is so much fun! Sorry it took so long for me to complete it… but I read ~25% from the list.


How many books have you read from Amazon’s list of 100 Books to read in a lifetime?

How to Play:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people
Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle  Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl  Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White  Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese  Yes
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak  Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz  Yes
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger  Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank  Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Giver Lois Lowry  Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman  Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald  Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne  Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  Yes
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien  Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt  Yes
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee  Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein  Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak  Yes

I’ve 24 books… not bad almost 25%. I’ve read 10 other books by authors on this list, but not the one mentioned here. I’ve also seen 5 movies on the list but never read the book. So… I’m happy with the results. How about you?

I Tag:


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


28 thoughts on “TAG: Amazon’s 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime

    foodinbooks said:
    March 30, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    I’ve read about half of those books. Great choices!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 30, 2018 at 12:48 PM

      Yes! I thought I would have had more, but I didn’t… oh well! 🙂

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        foodinbooks said:
        March 30, 2018 at 12:48 PM

        Well, there is only so much time in life to do all that reading. 🙂

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    PerfectlyTolerable said:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    Congrats 😀 24 is really good! Thanks for playing!

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    I think mine was about 21… can’t remember. That sounds a bit high actually… 😊

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    jackielovesreadingtruestories1 said:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:56 PM

    I only read 18 of those books, should I make it a goal to read them all in 2018?

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    Tiana (The Book Raven) said:
    March 30, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Thanks for tagging me! I think it’s going to be a bit embarrassing how few of these I have read, but the ones I have I have really loved!

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    bicted said:
    March 30, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Congratulations on both finding the time to do this post and to read all those books! Like you, I’m sure I should have read more of them but we’re supposed to have a lifetime to read them in so I definitely don’t want to rush reading them all!

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    Patty said:
    March 30, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    I have only read about 5 of those. 😀

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    Stephanie said:
    March 30, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    I didn’t realize Amazon had a list until I saw this tag floating around. I’m not sure if I really want to read all 100 books on the list since there are some that I just don’t feel all that thrilled about. Others, I definitely will get to at some point though. It looks like I’ve read 47/100, so I guess I’m not doing too badly 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 30, 2018 at 6:46 PM

      You have to read three more so you hit 50%! Just kidding. You’re doing awesome. Almost twice as much as me. Nice!!!


        Stephanie said:
        March 30, 2018 at 6:55 PM

        Maybe I’ll make that this summer, lol. Thanks! Honestly though, I probably didn’t like a 1/4 of the ones I read and only read some while either getting my Master’s or working on my PhD, so not totally by choice. I much prefer BBCs list of 100 books to read before you die. There’s some overlap with the two lists, but I have much more enjoyed reading off the BBC list.

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    Woah! I’ve read 51 of these. How the heck did that happen?🤔

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    March 31, 2018 at 12:52 AM

    I like these lists because of how they get me to discover new titles to add to my TBR. But to actually complete it 100%? Maybe not any time soon. 😀

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 31, 2018 at 8:06 AM

      They are helpful. How many have you read? You could attempt 5 per year… although some on here aren’t as good as Amazon thinks. 🙂

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        Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
        March 31, 2018 at 2:05 PM

        I’ve read 7 of them, and have a dozen of them on my shelf to be read. But I totally agree. Some of these are also less than likely to ever get picked up by me. I do believe there’s a better list of top 100 must-read books in a lifetime somewhere too. 😀

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