100 (or more) books to read before you die

The inspiration for this page is taken from the Art of Manliness list of must-read books, which I have made part of my list of 100 books to read before you die. Eventually I’ll get around to publishing my own recommendations, but here is a public record of which books, from that list, I have finished. The idea isn’t to finish the books and stop reading forever, but to have a place to come back to when I don’t have anything that strikes me as interesting.

Feedback from family has encouraged me to add some titles to the list, and so, based on their suggestions and a few wikipedia articles, I’ve added some titles to my list. Don’t expect this to stay at the number it’s at (found here and here).

If you’re curious about past books I’ve read, I’ve reviewed a fair amount of them on goodreads.com, and the link to my profile is in the footer of this page.

Currently in queue

  • The Bhagavad Gita

The List

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Completed 2005
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Completed February 2013
  3. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss Completed 1999
  4. The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer Completed 2005
  5. Catch‐22 by Joseph Heller Completed 2006
  6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding Completed 2005
  7. The Bible Completed 2006
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Completed 2005
  9. Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Completed 2008
  10. The Art of Warfare by Sun Tzu Completed 2016
  11. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Completed 2007
  12. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien Completed 1999
  13. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Completed 2000
  14. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Completed 2000
  15. Animal Farm by George Orwell Completed 2002
  16. Hamlet by Shakespeare Completed 2006
  17. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe Completed 2000
  18. The Pearl by John Steinbeck Completed 2004
  19. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Completed 1999
  20. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Completed 2006
  21. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Completed March 2013
  22. Cien años de soledad by Gabriel García Márquez Completed December 2013, in original Spanish
  23. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Completed November 2008, now to do it in French!
  24. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  25. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  26. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  27. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  28. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  29. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  30. The Strenuous Life by Theodore Roosevelt
  31. The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt
  32. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
  33. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  34. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  35. Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
  36. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  37. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
  38. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  39. Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  40. The Thin Red Line by James Jones
  41. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
  42. Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  43. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  44.  The Bhagavad Gita
  45. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  46. Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard
  47. Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  48. Epic of Gilgamesh
  49. One Thousand and One Nights
  50. The Quran
  51. The Torah
  52. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  53. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  54. 1984 by George Orwell
  55. The Republic by Plato
  56. The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
  57. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  58. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  59. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  60. Call of the Wild by Jack London
  61. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  62. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  63. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  64. American Boy’s Handy Book
  65. King Solomon’s Mines by H Rider Haggard
  66. A River Runs Through It by Norman F. Maclean
  67. The Island of Dr Moreau by H G Wells
  68. Malcolm X: The Autobiography
  69. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  70. All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarq
  71. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  72. Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans by Plutarch
  73. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  74. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  75. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  76. The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden
  77. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  78. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  79. The Histories by Herodotus
  80. The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner
  81. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  82. Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  83. Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
  84. White Noise by Don Delillo
  85. Ulysses by James Joyce
  86. The Young Man’s Guide by William Alcott
  87. Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
  88. Seek: Reports from the Edges of America Beyond by Denis Johnson
  89. Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
  90. The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry by Christine De Pizan
  91. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
  92. The Politics by Aristotle
  93. First Edition of the The Boy Scout Handbook
  94. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  95. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  96. The Crisis by Winston Churchill
  97. The Naked and The Dead by Norman Mailer
  98. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  99. Beyond Good and Evil by Freidrich Nietzsche
  100. The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
  101. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  102. Essential Manners for Men by Peter Post
  103. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
  104. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
  105. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  106. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  107. Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  108. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  109. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
  110. Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
  111. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  112. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  113. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  114. Faust by Goethe
  115. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  116. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  117. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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