Monday, November 30, 2009

10 Books To Read Before You Die

Saw this posted over at Tif Talks Books and it looked like a fun meme. It's hosted by Pam over at Bookalicious if you want to check out all the books people have been recommending. I think this is a great idea, and much easier than those lists of 1001! So here, in no particular order, are the books that have left an impact, stayed with me, and that I think everyone should definitely read:

1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

2. The Complete Tales of the Brothers Grimm

3. The Child Thief by Brom

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

5. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

7. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

8. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

9. D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

10. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

This was much more difficult than expected! Especially number ten, as there were so many candidates! Went with books I find myself gifting again and again, as well as titles which have stayed with me over the years. So what do you think? Seems to be an awful lot of fantasy in there. Which must-read did I forget? Curious to see other people's lists now...


  1. Um...I;m gonna agree with Dickens, Gaimen and Potter, but I wouldn't call Chris Moore "must-read". He strikes me as kind of an Americanized Terry Pratchett--Alright, let's go with Discworlds by Terry Pratchett then!

  2. I 100% agree with the Harry Potter series needing to be read before one dies!

  3. Dannie - Picked Lamb because I've given it to so many people as a gift. There's just something about it that makes me laugh every time! Discworld series is good as well!

    Allison - Think Harry Potter will be on a lot of lists!

  4. I like your list. I would add POSSESSION by AS Byatt, because it's my personal all-time favorite novel. BUt I love your picks- a nice mix of modern lit and classics, adult and YA. Nice. :-)

  5. Marie - I don't think I've read that one, so will definitely take a look at it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. This is a great list of books! But only 10... That is hard to do. There are so many great books out there to read. I do have Child Thief on my list to read. I just have to find the time to read it. My pile and list just keep growing.

    Great list of books!

  7. I have read 5 of your list of ten. Both my kids would agree on HP! I liked him too.

  8. Lord of the Rings and HP are for sure must-reads. I'll add Treasure Island, Huckleberry Finn, the Inkheart trilogy, and The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey.

    Thanks for dropping by Book Dreaming! :)

  9. A great post and some interesting choices. I've only read three on your list - The Margaret Atwood book being my favourite.

  10. Very interesting list of books!! There are definitely some good ones here that I completely agree with, but there are others that I have not yet read and need to add to my list! I've only read one Moore (Fool) and loved it! And, I think you've commented on my review of The Handmaid's Tale . . . I'm still not sure on that one! Definitely one I need to re-visit as an actual read and not a dramatic reading!! I will get back to you on that one!! :) Oh, and just one last comment . . . it's really interesting to see Tolkien showing up a lot too, but I find it interesting to see which one is chosen . . . Hobbit or LOTR!! I wonder what draws up to one or the other?!?

    Okay, I'm done for now . . . :)

  11. Melissa - Was hard restricting the list to only 10, so it took me awhile. I loved The Child Thief, so hope you like it as well!

    Pam - How could I not include Harry? *L*

    Shannon - I didn't really care for Huck Finn, but that may have been because I read it back in high school. Not familiar with The Jesus I Never Knew, so will take a look. Thanks for the suggestions!

    Petty Witter - The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favorites as well! Really stayed with me, but think it's about time for a reread...

    Tif - So glad that you posted this first, as it was fun to try to come up with only ten books! Hobbit vs LOTR was an easy choice for me, as I haven't gotten to The Hobbit yet! *L*

  12. i have read so many wonderful book that i just could not distill them down to ten without feeling badly about all the ones i had not put in there.

  13. Hodgepodgespv - Have to agree that it wasn't easy paring my list down to only ten! Debated having several ties... :p

  14. Ahh, I'm embarassed to say I haven't read most of them (think 7)! Anywyas, great list. DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY agree with Pride and Prejudice, though I have to debate Harry Potter... while good, was it THAT good? Hm. There are quite a few I haven't even heard of on there, so I'll have to remind myself to read them, thanks! :)

  15. Jenn - Pride & Prejudice was one of the books that sucked me into reading. It was one of my first "keepers" and I remember asking for a hardcover version at Christmas one year so I could have it forever.

    The Harry Potter books start out strong, have a weak middle, then end strong, but I think you really need to read the entire series to get the full effect. That's just my opinion of course. :)

  16. Well, you will have to read The Hobbit and then let me know what you think! I just listened to it on audio for a multiple re-read. I love it more and more every time! Of course, I have only read LOTR once though!

  17. Harry Potter definitely deserves a place on this list, i think Twilight should have made it here too