How many have you read?

By Nora Horvath
Updated August 31, 2017
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Hidden away in the books department on, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by the Amazon Books editors. The list is impressive and covers a large span of time, weaving together classics like Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations with more modern options like The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Below, shop the list of books (listed here in alphabetical order.) Happy reading!

1. 1984, by George Orwell

2. A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking

5. The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans!, by Lemony Snicket

6. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

7. Selected Stories, 1968-1994, by Alice Munro

9. All the President's Men, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

10. Angela's Ashes: A Memoir, by Frank McCourt

12. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett

13. Beloved, by Toni Morrison

15. Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat

16. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

18. Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White

19. Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

21. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1, by Jeff Kinney

22. Dune, by Frank Herbert

23. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

25. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

26. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown

27. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

30. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

31. Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri

32. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

34. Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain

35. Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

36 Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

37. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

38. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez

39. Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich

40. Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl

41. Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris

42. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

43. Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie

45. Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham

46. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

47. Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen

48. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi

49. Portnoy's Complaint, by Philip Roth

50. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

51. Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson

52. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

54. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

57. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

59. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

61. The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen

62. The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson

63. The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

64. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

65. The Giver, by Lois Lowry

67. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

68. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

69. The House at Pooh Corner, by A. A. Milne

70. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

72. The Liars' Club: A Memoir, by Mary Karr

73. The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

74. The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

75. The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler

77. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

80. The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

81. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

83. The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe

84. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

85. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

86. The Shining, by Stephen King

87. The Stranger, by Albert Camus

88. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

89. The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien

90. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

91. The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame

92. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami

93. The World According to Garp, by John Irving

94. The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion

95. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

96. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

98. Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann

100. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak