1,000 Books to Read Before You Die – Where I Stand

I was at the library recently and saw a book called 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich. Of course I checked it out, so I could see if there were any books that I had on my own TBR list. Amazingly, I found out that I have already completely read 31 books from the list and partially read quite a few more. On top of that, I went and added a lot of books to my TBR list. I wanted to share my lists from this book with you.

Books I Have Read Completely

  1. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  2. Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
  3. Beowulf
  4. Songs of Innocence and of Experience – William Blake
  5. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  6. Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
  7. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  8. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  9. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  10. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  11. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – Philip K. Dick
  12. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  14. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  15. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
  16. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  17. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  18. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  19. 1984 – George Orwell
  20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  21. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (I actually read this one in French)
  22. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
  23. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  24. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  25. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
  26. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  27. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  28. The Boxcar Children – Certrude Chandler Warner
  29. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
  30. Night – Elie Wiesel
  31. A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams

Books I Have Partially Read

Some of the following books I have read for school, while others were not finished. Many of the classics listed though are from when I was younger and had a large collection of Great Illustrated Classics because I read a lot of those. However, while I did finish reading them, they were shortened versions, not the full true version.

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  3. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  4. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
  5. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  6. The Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  7. The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
  8. Complete Poems, 1904-1962 – e.e.cummings
  9. Matilda – Roald Dahl
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  11. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  12. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  13. Poems – Emily Dickinson
  14. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave – Frederick Douglass
  15. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  16. Essays and Lectures – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  18. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  19. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  20. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  21. The Call of the Wild – Jack London
  22. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  23. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  24. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  25. Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
  26. The 9/11 Commission Report
  27. Poetry and Tales – Edgar Allan Poe
  28. The World of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
  29. Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
  30. Poems – Sappho
  31. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman – Laurence Sterne
  32. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  33. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  34. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  35. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  36. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  37. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  38. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  39. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  40. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sean – Jules Verne
  41. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  42. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman

Stay tuned next week for when I outline all the books on this list that have made it to my TBR list.

Have you checked out 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die? If so, what books have you read? What is your favourite one on the list?

You can check out the full list here.


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