Are you in?

It was about a year ago when I found, as always in Virgin Mega Store, a very interesting bookmark where they usually have them in the book section. It was a metal one with the names of fifty books to read before you die carved on it in very tiny but possible to read letters. Maybe the reason why I liked this bookmark is because I love books and reading, but also because I liked the idea and thought of it as a nice challenge to work on, of course on the long term. I didn’t buy that bookmark, and I didn’t have the time nor the memory to know the names of all the books in there either, but luckily I found them online and ended up creating my own “Fifty books to read before you die” bookmark, what do you think? Would you want to start the challenge yourself too? Read the names of the books down there, maybe you’re lucky to find books you’ve already read on the list. Plus if you know any other books that you think are worth being on the list, you can add them and even make your own list as a challenge and share it with other people.

Here are the books:

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. 1984 by George Orwell
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
5. To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
8. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
9. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
11. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul                                                                                 12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
15. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
16. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
17. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
18. The Bible by Various
19. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
20. Ulysses by James Joyce
21. The Quiet American by Graham Green
22. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulke
23. Money by Martin Amis
24. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
25. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
26. The Wind in the Willow by Kenneth Grahame
27. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
28. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
29. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol
30. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
31. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
32. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
33. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
34. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
35. The Outsider by Albert Camus
36. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
37. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
38. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
39. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
40. Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
41. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
42. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
43. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
44. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
45. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
46. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
47. The Count of Monte Crisco by Alexandre Dumas
48. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
49. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
50. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

“He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes”, R.H. Barrow.

Have a good reading!


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