Ottakar's "101 Books to Read Before You Die"

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This list was compiled by Ottakar’s booksellers in 2006 (?). The original listsource is no longer on the internet, but someone blogged it in 2007 here: Please do not change or reorder this list.

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  1. 1.
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Classics)
    by Mark Twain

  2. 2.
    Alias Grace: A Novel
    by Margaret Atwood

  3. 3.
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    by Erich Maria Remarque

  4. 5.
    American Psycho
    by Bret Easton Ellis

  5. 6.
    And Then There Were None
    by Agatha Christie

  6. 7.
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    by Anne Frank

  7. 8.
    Atonement: A Novel
    by Ian McEwan

  8. 9.
    The Bell Jar
    by Sylvia Plath

  9. 10.
    Beloved (Everyman's Library)
    by Toni Morrison

  10. 11.
    The Big Sleep
    by Raymond Chandler

  11. 12.
    Brave New World
    by Aldous Huxley

  12. 13.
    Breakfast at Tiffany's: With House of Flowers
    by Truman Capote

  13. 14.
    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  14. 15.
    by Joseph Heller

  15. 16.
    The Catcher in the Rye
    by J. D. Salinger

  16. 17.
    Cider With Rosie
    by Laurie Lee

  17. 18.
    A Clockwork Orange
    by Stanley Kubrick

  18. 19.
    The Code of the Woosters
    by P. G. Wodehouse

  19. 20.
    The Color Purple

  20. 21.
    A Confederacy of Dunces
    by John Kennedy Toole

  21. 22.
    Crime and Punishment (Penguin Popular Classics)
    by F.M. Dostoevsky

  22. 23.
    The Crimson Petal and the White
    by Michel Faber

  23. 24.
    The Crow Road
    by Iain M. Banks

  24. 25.
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    by Mark Haddon

  25. 26.
    The Daughter of Time (The Best Mysteries of All Time)
    by Josephine Tey

  26. 27.
    Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
    by Philip K. Dick

  27. 28.
    Dracula (Norton Critical Editions)
    by Bram Stoker

  28. 29.
    Evil Cradling
    by Brian Keenan

  29. 30.
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
    by Hunter S. Thompson

  30. 31.
    by Sarah Waters

  31. 32.
    The French Lieutenant's Woman
    by John Fowles

  32. 33.
    The God of Small Things
    by Arundhati Roy

  33. 34.
    Great Expectations (Dover Thrift Editions)
    by Charles Dickens

  34. 35.
    The Great Gatsby
    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  35. 36.
    Ham on Rye: A Novel
    by Charles Bukowski

  36. 37.

  37. 38.
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    by Douglas Adams

  38. 39.
    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    by Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle

  39. 40.
    House of Leaves
    by Mark Z. Danielewski

  40. 41.
    I Capture the Castle
    by Dodie Smith

  41. 42.
    If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
    by Jon McGregor

  42. 43.

  43. 44.
    In Patagonia (Penguin Classics)
    by Bruce Chatwin

  44. 45.
    An Instance of the Fingerpost
    by Iain Pears

  45. 46.
    Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
    by Charlotte Brontë

  46. 47.
    Jude the Obscure (Dover Thrift Editions)
    by Thomas Hardy

  47. 48.
    Life of Pi

  48. 49.
    Lolita (Penguin Modern Classics)
    by Vladimir Nabokov

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Created by xbethanym07x on Jan 30, 2007.


Sez who? — 2 years ago

There are a lot of books on this list that were pop faves at some time in the past (or are in the present) which I don’t think really form a necessary part of a well-read person’s experience. There are also some older selections which I happen to have read which were good (e.g. The Monk and Confessions of a Justified Sinner), but to consider them essential seems just plain weird.They’re more specialized reading.

JACK — 2 years ago…ckeck for more books and health tips

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