Penguin Classic’s list of “100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die”

This is based on the Penguin Classic’s list of “100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die”. . Its for people reading them, wanting to read them or wishing they hadn’t read them!!


As an admitted “book-aholic” or “bookworm”, I am ashamed to admit, that from all these books, I have only read 6!!!!

So as part of my New Year’s Resolution for 2011, I am going to pick 10 books from this list and read. Of course, this is in addition to the other 12 books I have to read next year!!

So below is the list for you to peruse and check what you have read.

Happy Reading friends!

Be awesomely blessed!


100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

2. Diary of a Madman and Other Stories – Nikolai Gogol

3. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

4. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

5. Notes From Underground – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6. Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille

7. Spy In House Of Love: V4 In Nin’S Continuous Novel – Anais Nin

8. Lady Chatterly’s Lover – D.H.Lawrence

9. Venus in Furs – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

10. The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer

11. The Karamazov Brothers – Fyodor Dostoevsky

12. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

13. Diamonds Are Forever – Ian Fleming

14. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

15. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad

16. A Room With a View – E. M. Forster

17. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

18. Don Juan – Lord George Gordon Byron

19. Love in a Cold Climate- Nancy Mitford

20. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams

21. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

22. Middlemarch – George Eliot

23. She: A History of Adventure – H. Rider Haggard

24. The Fight – by Norman Mailer

25. No Easy Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela

26. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

27. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton

28. Notre-Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) – Victor Hugo

29. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

30. The Old Curiosity Shop – Charles Dickens

31. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

32. Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Bram Stoker

33. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

34. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole

35. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

36. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

37. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

38. Baby doll – Tennessee Williams

39. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

40. Emma – Jane Austen

41. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

42. The Odyssey – Homer

43. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

44. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome

45. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

46. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

47. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh

48. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

49. The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald

50. Against Nature – Joris-Karl Huysmans

51. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X

52. The Outsider – Albert Camus

53. Animal Farm – George Orwell

54. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx

55. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo

56. The Time Machine – H. G. Wells

57. The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick

58. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells

59. The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham

60. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

61. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

62. Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga – Hunter S. Thompson

63. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

64. Another Country – James Baldwin

65. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

66. Junky: The Definitive Text of Junk – William S. Burroughs

67. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins

68. Confessions of an English Opium Eater – Thomas De Quincey

69. Subterraneans – Jack Kerouac

70. Monsieur Monde Vanishes – Georges Simenon

71. Nineteen Eighty-four – George Orwell

72. The Monkey Wrench Gang – Edward Abbey

73. The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli

74. Bound for Glory – Woody Guthrie

75. Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

76. Maigret and the Ghost – Georges Simenon

77. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

78. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

79. A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle

80. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan

81. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

82. Therese Raquin – Ãmile Zola

83. Les Liaisons dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

84. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

85. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

86. I, Claudius : From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 – Robert Graves

87. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton

88. The Beggar’s Opera – John Gay

89. The Twelve Caesars – Suetonius

90. Guys and Dolls – Hal Leonard Corporation

91. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

92. The Iliad of Homer – Homer

93. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

94. From Russia with Love – Ian Fleming

95. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

96. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

97. The Diary of a Nobody – George Grossmith

98. Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens

99. Scoop – Evelyn Waugh

100. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis


  1. Jane eyre surly deserves a place in the list.
    A real classic, and ahead of its time.

    • I agree. Jane Eyre is a fantastic book.

      • That was my exact same first thought after reading the list

  2. well I have read 28…lots of science fiction in this list I think…lots I know I should read…lots of books by author’s whose other greats I have read…some I know I will never read no matter what Penguin says…

  3. 1984 and Animal Farm are on my to-read list this year. LOVE Count of Monte Cristo

  4. Number 75, Death of a Salesman was definitely written by Arthur Miller, not Georges Simenon.

    • Thanks for your comment.
      Unfortunately (or fortunately) I copied and pasted from Penguin themselves thus making this mistake theirs. 😉
      However, I have corrected my post.

  5. who made this list?

  6. 100 books. 91 by men. Way to go,Penguin, in every sense

  7. Saw your link on Pinterest. Very interesting post! I’ve read only 8 books from this list, tried to read another 7 and have copies of an additional 8, waiting for me to read. If I understood a previous comment correctly, I disagree with her premise (that Penguin chose books according to the gender of the author). I believe it’s a mistake to judge what’s best or a favorite on criteria other than the quality of the writing.

  8. Reblogged this on Amazing Focus and commented:
    This is an awesome list of novels. I’ll be sure to read, you should do the same 🙂

  9. Wow I’ve read 11 of these..I dont know whether thats something I should be pleased about or ashamed of! haha! add this list to the various lists of books that I want to read. There are too many. There is a lovely meme I spotted a little while ago that reads “I was born with a reading list that I will never finish” and now I keep adding to that list. Hope I at least get through the majority *fingers crossed*

  10. I have read 42. Guys and Dolls is by Damon Runyon, not by Hal Leonard Corp. I think that refers to the musical rights, not the actual book, which is a short story collection.

  11. Reblogged this on faizazizan and commented:

  12. The one book left off this list of must reads is “The Good Earth” by Pearl S Buck. Excellent read.

    • You are so right, S. Cherry! Fabulous read!

  13. Wow, read 37 of these 🙂

  14. So subjective. How can this list be taken seriously without including the Bible, THE most circulated book and translated into the most languages of all books?

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