Reading


Most of my life I have been very picky about what I read. For years I would only read Stephen King books, then I branched out to Dean Koontz, Richard Layman and a few others.

Then in my mid 20's I was introduced to the Harry Potter series and I haven't looked back since.

I still have a lot of books to read and I have decided I want to read all the books I never read growing up. Classics like The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird to name a few. I found a list of the Top 101 books you should read before you die which I will be trying to read as many as possible. I will also put up a list of books I have read, hopefully I can remember them all.

Here are the ones I hope to read, those in yellow I have already read.


  1. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  2.  The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  3.  Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  4.  To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  5.  The Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
  6.  The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  7.  The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  8.  Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  9.  The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  10.  The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  11.  Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  12.  Spud – John van de Ruit
  13.  The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
  14.  The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  15.  Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  16.  Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
  17.  Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  18.  Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  19.  Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  20.  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  21.  One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  22.  Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
  23.  My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  24.  The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  25.  Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  26.  Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  27.  Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
  28.  Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  29.  Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  30.  The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald - 30th June 2012
  31.  A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  32.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
  33.  Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  34.  Atonement – Ian McEwan
  35.  Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  36.  The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  37.  The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  38.  Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  39.  Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  40.  Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  41.  The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  42.  I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
  43.  A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  44.  Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  45.  War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  46.  Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel
  47.  The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  48.  The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  49.  The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  50.  Possession – A. S. Byatt
  51.  Perfume – Patrick Suskind
  52.  The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  53.  Chocolat – Joanne Harris
  54.  The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
  55.  Q & A – Vikas Swarup
  56.  Dune – Frank Herbert
  57.  Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  58.  Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  59.  River God – Wilbur Smith
  60.  Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  61.  Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  62.  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
  63.  Mort – Terry Pratchett
  64.  Crime and Punishment – Feodor Dostoyevsky
  65.  The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  66.  East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  67.  The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  68.  The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
  69.  The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  70.  The Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
  71.  Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  72.  Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
  73.  The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  74.  Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  75.  Animal Farm – George Orwell
  76.  The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  77.  Watership Down – Richard Adams
  78.  Magician – Raymond E Feist
  79.  Middlemarch – George Eliot
  80.  The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth
  81.  We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  82.  The Magus – John Fowles
  83.  The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  84.  Agaat – Marlene van Niekerk
  85.  The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  86.  The Shell Seekers – Rosamunde Pilcher
  87.  The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  88.  The Beach House – James Patterson
  89.  Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  90.  Kringe in ‘n Bos – Dalene Matthee
  91.  The World according to Garp – John Irving
  92.  Northern Lights – Phillip Pullman
  93.  Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  94.  Shades – Marguerite Poland
  95.  Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer
  96.  Fiela se kind – Dalene Matthee
  97.  Story of an African Farm – Olive Schreiner
  98.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  99.  The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
  100.  Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  101.  Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne
Books I have read on Goodreads:









1 comment:

  1. I have read 4, 9, 24, 26, 30, 33, 36, 44, & 62 I have seen the movies for almost all that have movies too. This is a good list. I might have to borrow it.

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