101 Books to Read before you die.

Just came across a post on a fellow teachers blog  ‘From Korea With Love’ about a list of ‘101 books to read before you die’ by the Exclusive Publishing company. These books were all selected by the readers themselves.

“The books that made the list are the books you’ve read, and re-read, books which define eras, created friends instead of characters, entertained generations and have become legends of literature”

The books in bold are ones I have read already and the books in italic are ones I hope to read throughout my year in Korea. As I still have no T.V or Internet in my apartment I spend hour every night reading books. In the last few weeks alone I have read ‘Catcher in the Rye’, ‘Catch-22’, ‘Angry Young Spaceman’, ‘Stupid White Men’, ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’, and ‘Kane and Abel’.

I’ve read 25/101…not bad but a lot more to read. No worries though, I’ve plenty of time. How many of these have YOU read??


  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (Have read this in English and French!)
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (Read while on holidays few years ago)
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (a classic, love this book!)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (Studied this for my Junior Cert in School!)
  • The Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (Many, many, many times!!!)
  • The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolverb (Read this just before coming to Korea, thanks Mum!)
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (Love all the Dan Brown books)
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  • Spud – John van de Ruit
  • The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (Read this while in Canada 2 years ago)
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  • Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (Read this many times too)
  • Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (Finished last week…!)
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
  • My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult (Tear-jerker…!)
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  • Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (Finished this last night!!)
  • Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
  • Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (Read this in school years ago)
  • Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon (my Dad has 3 copies of this so have read it 3 times haha)
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (just starting this now…!)
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  • Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
  • A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  • War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  • The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • Possession – A. S. Byatt
  • Perfume – Patrick Suskind
  • The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  • Chocolat – Joanne Harris
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith (Read the whole series while in South Africa)
  • Q & A – Vikas Swarup
  • Dune – Frank Herbert
  • The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame (Another lovely classic childrens tale)
  • Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  • River God – Wilbur Smith
  • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  • Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis  (Read back in school, years ago…)
  • Mort – Terry Pratchett (Read about 2 years ago and then got to MEET Terry Pratchett at a talk in Trinity college!)
  • Crime and Punishment – Feodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  • East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  • The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  • The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne (Read while on holidays in Egypt last year!)
  • The Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding (Ya gotta love this book!)
  • The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  • Watership Down – Richard Adams
  • Magician – Raymond E Feist
  • Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  • The Magus – John Fowles
  • The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Agaat – Marlene van Niekerk
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Shell Seekers – Rosamunde Pilcher
  • The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  • The Beach House – James Patterson
  • Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  • Kringe in ‘n Bos – Dalene Matthee
  • The World according to Garp – John Irving
  • Northen Lights – Phillip Pullman 
  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides 
  • Shades – Marguerite Poland
  • Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer (Absolutely LOVE Jeffrey Archer, have read ALL his books to date)
  • Fiela se kind – Dalene Matthee
  • Story of an African Farm – Olive Schreiner
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (Another childhood classic that I loved!)
  • The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton (Me and my sister used to love this book as we has a ‘magic tunnell tree’ on out farm!
  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne (Gotta love Tigger! )
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