You see them all the time don’t you, lists of books to read before you die, lists of bucket list books and lists of books that will enlighten you and change your life. Many of these lists are written by academics and we wondered how much those lists might differ from our own if we asked you for your suggestions.
You were all very enthusiastic, giving us almost 800 replies in all and so after tallying them all up and skimming off the ones that got the most votes we have a top 52 books everyone should read at least once!
Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom
Mitch makes it into the list more than once, and the memoir Tuesdays with Morrie about a young man’s visits to a professor with a terminal illness is jam packed with life and advice and thoughtful moments.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Although considered by many to be young adult fiction, Zusak has stated several times that although Leisl is a young girl, the book wasn’t written with children in mind. This beautiful story of a young German girl during WWII takes joint fourth place with Tuesdays with Morrie on our list.
11. The 5 People you Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
13. Night – Elie Wiesel
14. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
15. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
16. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
17. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
18. The Stand – Stephen King
And after the featured top 20, here we take the list to the full 52 books:
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Outsiders – S. E Hinton
Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Franki
The Giver – Louis Lowry 4
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
The Shack – William P. Young
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
The Physician – Noah Gordon
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Ishmael – Daniel Quinn
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Dune – Frank Herbert
The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
Good Omens – Neil Gaiman Terry Pratchett
Mockingbird – Sean Stewart
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
Look out for the YA Edition coming soon!
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