Books you should read if you want to consider yourself well-read

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  1. Bible
  2. Koran
  3. Torah
  4. Beowulf
  5. Davy Crockett
  6. The Epic of Gilgamesh
  7. Wild Bill Hickock
  8. Kit Carson - John Abbott
  9. The King of the Mountains - Edmond About
  10. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
  11. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  12. Watership Down - Richard Adams
  13. Prometheus Bound - Aeschylus
  14. A Death in the Family - James Agee
  15. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  16. The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
  17. Fairy Tales and Stories - Hans Christian Anderson
  18. Mahabharata - Anonymous
  19. Njal's Saga - Anonymous
  20. Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer
  21. Nicomachean Ethics - Aristotle
  22. The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M Auel
  23. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
  24. Emma - Jane Austen
  25. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  26. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  27. Daniel Boone - John Bakeless
  28. Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin
  29. Trilogy: Molly, Malone Dies, The Unamable - Samuel Beckett
  30. Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
  31. The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow
  32. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Berniers
  33. The Last Spike - Pierre Berton
  34. Carmen - George Bizet
  35. Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman
  36. The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton
  37. Decameron - Giovanni Boccacio
  38. Collected Fictions - Jorge Luis Borges
  39. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  40. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  41. Fang and Claw - Frank Buck
  42. On Jungle Trails - Frank Buck
  43. Bring 'em Back Alive - Frank Buck and Edward Anthony
  44. Last Days of Pompeii - Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  45. The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
  46. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  47. The Way of All Flesh - Samuel Butler
  48. Marco Polo - Donn Byrne
  49. The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
  50. Caesar's Conquests - Julius Caesar
  51. The Stranger - Albert Camus
  52. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Caroll
  53. Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
  54. Poems of Paul Celan - Paul Celan
  55. Journey to the End of Night - Louis-Ferdinana D. Celine
  56. The Adventures of Cellini - Benvenuto Cellini
  57. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
  58. Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
  59. Selected Stories of Anton Chekov - Anton Pavlovich Chekov
  60. The Cherry Orchard - Anton Chekov
  61. The Awakening - Kate Chopin
  62. The Crises - Winston Churchill
  63. The Oxbow Incident - Walter Van Tillburn Clark
  64. Buffalo Bill - William F Cody
  65. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  66. Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  67. Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
  68. The Moonstone - William Wilkie Collins
  69. The Woman in White - William Wilkie Collins
  70. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
  71. Nostromo - Joseph Conrad
  72. Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad
  73. Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimoore Cooper
  74. The Deerslayer - James Fenimoore Cooper
  75. The Pathfiner - James Fenimoore Cooper
  76. The Pilot - James Fenimoore Cooper
  77. The Pioneers - James Fenimoore Cooper
  78. The Red Rover - James Fenimoore Cooper
  79. The Spy - James Fenimoore Cooper
  80. The Prairie - James Fenimoore Cooper
  81. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
  82. Charlie and the Chocolate Facotory - Roald Dahl
  83. Matilda - Roald Dahl
  84. The BFG - Roald Dahl
  85. The Twits - Roald Dahl
  86. Two Years Before the Mast - Richard Henry Dana Jr.
  87. Inferno - Dante
  88. The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
  89. Soldiers of Fortune - Richard Harding David
  90. De Balzac, Honore – Old Goriot
  91. Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe
  92. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe (1719)
  93. Conquest of Mexico - Bernal Diez Del Castillo (1632)
  94. How We Think - Dewey, John
  95. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  96. A Tale of Two Cities - Dickens, Charles (1859)
  97. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
  98. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (1850)
  99. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (1861)
  100. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  101. Jacques the Fatalist and His Master - Denis Diderot
  102. Berlin Alexanderplatz - Alfred Doblin
  103. Crime and Punishment - Feodor Dostoyevsky(1866)
  104. The Brothers Karamazov - Feodor Dostoyevsky
  105. The Idiot - Feodor Dostoyevsky
  106. The Possessed - Feodor Dostoyevsky
  107. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass
  108. A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle (1887)
  109. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle(1902)
  110. The Sign of the Four - Arthur Conan Doyle
  111. The Speckled Band - Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)
  112. The White Company - Arthur Conan Doyle (1891)
  113. Camille - Alexandre Dumas (1852)
  114. The Black Tulip - Alexandre Dumas (1850)
  115. The Conspirators - Alexandre Dumas (1843)
  116. The Corsican Brothers - Alexandre Dumas (1845)
  117. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (1844)
  118. The Forty-Five Guardsmen - Alexandre Dumas (1848)
  119. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas (1850)
  120. The Queen’s Necklace - (Alexandre Dumas (1849)
  121. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (1844)
  122. Twenty Years After - Alexandre Dumas (1845)
  123. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
  124. Middlemarch - George Eliot
  125. Silas Marner - George Eliot (1861)
  126. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
  127. Nature - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  128. Self-Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  129. Waterloo - Emile Erckmann & Alexandre Chatrian
  130. Medea - Euripides
  131. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
  132. Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner
  133. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
  134. Birdsong - Sebastien Faulks
  135. Magician - Raymond E. Feist
  136. Bridget Jone’s Diary - Helen Fielding
  137. Tom Jones - Henry Fielding
  138. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
  139. A Sentimental Education - Gustave Flaubert
  140. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  141. The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
  142. The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
  143. The Magus - John Fowles
  144. Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin(1817)
  145. Arabian Nights - Anthony Galland(1704)
  146. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
  147. Dead Souls - Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol
  148. The Cossack Chief - Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol (1839)
  149. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  150. The Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  151. Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
  152. The Tin Drum - Gunter Grass
  153. Cleopatra - H Rider Haggard (1889)
  154. King Solomon's Mines - H Rider Haggard (1885)
  155. Man Without a Country - Edward Everett Hale (1863)
  156. Hunger - Knut Hamsun
  157. Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
  158. Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
  159. Tess of the D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy
  160. The Luck of Roaring Camp - Bret Harte (1870)
  161. The Outcasts of Poker Falts - Bret Harte (1870)
  162. The Dark Frigate - Charles Boardman Hawes (1923)
  163. The Mutineers - Charles Boardman Hawes (1920)
  164. The House of the Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851)
  165. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  166. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  167. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
  168. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
  169. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  170. In the Reign of Terror - G A Henty (1890)
  171. The Lion of the North - G A Henty (1890)
  172. Won by the Sword - G A Henty (1899)
  173. Dune - Frank Herbert
  174. The Iliad - Homer (962 BCE)
  175. The Odyssey - Homer (927 BCE)
  176. The Prisoner of Zenda - Anthony Hope (1894)
  177. The Covered Wagon - Emerson Hough (1922)
  178. An American Tragedy - Irving Howe
  179. Green Mansions - William Henry Hudson (1904)
  180. Ton Brown's School Days - Thomas Hughes (1856)*
  181. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
  182. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo (1831)*
  183. The Man Who Laughs - Victor Hugo (1869)
  184. Toilers of the Sea - Victor Hugo (1866)
  185. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
  186. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  187. A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen
  188. Peer Gynt - Henrik Ibsen*
  189. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
  190. Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving
  191. The Headless Horseman - Washington Irving
  192. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
  193. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
  194. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
  195. Ulysses - James Joyce
  196. The Castle - Franz Kafka
  197. The Complete Stories - Franz Kafka
  198. The Trial - Franz Kafka
  199. The Recognition of Sakuntala - Kalidasa
  200. Critique of Pure Reason - Immanuel Kant
  201. The Sound of the Mountain - Yasunari Kawabata
  202. Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis
  203. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
  204. The Stand - Stephen King
  205. Westward, Ho! - Charles Kingsley (1855)
  206. The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston
  207. Captains Courageous - Rudyard Kipling (1897)
  208. Kim - Rudyard Kipling (1901)
  209. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling (1894)*
  210. Sons and Lovers - D H Lawrence*
  211. Independent People - Halldor Kiljan Laxness
  212. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  213. Complete Poems of Giacomo Leopardi - Giacomo Leopardi
  214. The Golden Notebook - Doris M Lessing
  215. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C S Lewis
  216. Babbitt - Sinclair Lewis
  217. Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren
  218. The Call of the Wild - Jack London (1903)
  219. The Sea Wolf - Jack London (1904)
  220. White Fang - Jack London (1906)
  221. The Song of Hiawatha - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1855)
  222. Courtship of Miles Standish - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1858)
  223. Evangeline - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1847)
  224. The Prince - Machiavelli*
  225. Goodnight Mister Tom - Michelle Magorian
  226. Children of Gebelawi - Naguib Mahfous
  227. Buddenbrooks - Thomas Mann
  228. The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
  229. Love in the time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  230. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  231. Mr Midshipman Easy - Captain Frederick Marryat (1836)
  232. The Little Savage - Captain Frederick Marryat (1848)
  233. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  234. Das Kapital - Karl Marx
  235. The Flayed Hand - Guy de Maupassant
  236. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
  237. The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCollough
  238. Barteby the Scrivener - Herman Melville
  239. Moby Dick - Herman Melville (1851)*
  240. Typee - Herman Melville (1846)
  241. Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
  242. The Crucible - Arthur Miller
  243. Winnie the Pooh - A A Milne
  244. Paradise Lost - John Milton
  245. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
  246. Tartuffe - Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere
  247. Essays - Michel De Montaigne
  248. Anne of Green Gables - L M Montgomery
  249. History - Elsa Morante
  250. Beloved - Toni Morrison
  251. King of the Khyber Rifles - Talbot Mundy (1916)
  252. The Man Without Qualities - Robert Musil
  253. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  254. Men Against the Sea - Charles Nordhoff & James Hall (1933)
  255. Mutiny on the Bounty - Charles Nordhoff & James Hall (1932)
  256. Pitcairn's Island - Charles Nordhoff & James Hall (1939)
  257. The Hurricane - Charles Nordhoff & James Hall (1936)
  258. The Octopus - Frank Norris
  259. A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor
  260. Long Day's Journey into Night - Eugene O'Neill
  261. 1984 - George Orwell
  262. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  263. Under Two Flags - Ouida (1868)
  264. Metamorphoses - Ovid
  265. The Conspiracy of the Pontiac - Francis Parkman (1851)
  266. The Oregon Trail - Franic Parkman (1849)
  267. Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak*
  268. Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake
  269. The Book of Disquiet - Fernando Pessoa
  270. The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher
  271. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  272. The Republic - Plato
  273. The Complete Tales - Edgar Allen Poe*
  274. Travels of Marco Polo - Marco Polo
  275. The Scottish Chiefs - Jane Porter (1809)
  276. Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
  277. Mort - Terry Pratchett
  278. Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
  279. The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
  280. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  281. Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust
  282. Swann's Way - Marcel Proust
  283. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
  284. The Godfather - Mario Puzo
  285. Knights of the Round Table - Howard Pyle (1903)
  286. Men of Iron - Howard Pyle (1891)
  287. Robin Hood - Howard Pyle (1883)
  288. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
  289. Gargantua and Pantagruel - Francois Rabelais
  290. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Rasome
  291. The Cloister and the Hearth - Charles Reade (1861)
  292. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque (1928)
  293. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands - Joao Guimaraes Rosa
  294. Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand (1897)
  295. Call it Sleep - Henry Roth
  296. The Social Contract - Jean Jacques Rousseau
  297. Harry Potter - J K Rowling
  298. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
  299. Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
  300. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
  301. Holes - Louis Sachar
  302. A Season of Migration to the North - Tayeb Salih
  303. The Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
  304. Blindness - Jose Saramago
  305. Lafitte the Pirate - Lyle Saxon (1930)
  306. Joan of Arc - Frederick Schiller (1801)
  307. William Tell - Frederick Schiller (1804)
  308. The World as Will and Idea - Arthur Schopenhauer
  309. Castle Dangerous - Walter Scott (1831)
  310. Ivanhoe - Walter Scott (1820)*
  311. Rob Roy - Walter Scott (1818)
  312. The Lady of the Lake - Walter Scott (1810)
  313. The Talisman - Walter Scott (1825)
  314. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
  315. Katherine - Anya Seton
  316. Lives of the Hunted - Ernest Thompson Seton (1902)
  317. Wild Animals I have known - Ernest Thompson Seton (1898)
  318. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell (1860)
  319. A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare (1600)
  320. Hamlet - William Shakespeare (1603)
  321. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare (1607)*
  322. King Lear - William Shakespeare*
  323. Macbeth - William Shakespeare (1606)
  324. Othello - William Shakespeare
  325. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare (1597)
  326. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  327. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  328. Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw
  329. The Bostan of Saadi - Sheikh Musliju-d-Din Sa'adi of Shiraz
  330. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (1818)
  331. The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu
  332. A Town like Alice - Nevil Shute
  333. With Fire and Sword - Henry Sienkiewicz (1890)
  334. Ceremony - Leslie Marmon Silko
  335. The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith
  336. I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
  337. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitseyn
  338. Antigone - Sophocles
  339. Oedipus the King - Sophocles
  340. The Decline of the West - Oswald Spengler
  341. How I Found Livingstone - Henry M Stanley (1872)
  342. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  343. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck*
  344. The Red and the Black - Stendhal
  345. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
  346. David Balfour - Robert Louis Stevenson (1893)
  347. Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
  348. Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)*
  349. The Black Arrow - Robert Louis Stevenson (1888)
  350. The Master of Ballantree - Robert Louis Stevenson (1889)
  351. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
  352. The Bottle Imp - Robert Louis Stevenson (1891)
  353. The Beach at Falesa - Robert Louis Stevenson (1892)
  354. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  355. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)
  356. Mysteries of Pari - Eugene Sue (1842)
  357. Perfume - Patrick Suskind
  358. Confessions of Zeno - Italo Svevo
  359. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathon Swift
  360. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  361. Idyls of the King - Alfred Tennyson
  362. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray*
  363. Abramham Lincoln - Benjamin Thomas (1952)
  364. Walden - Henry David Thoreau
  365. The Hobbit - J R R Tolkien
  366. The Lord of the Rings - J R R Tolkien
  367. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy*
  368. The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
  369. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
  370. The Raged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell
  371. Fathers and Sons - Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  372. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (1889)
  373. Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (1884)*
  374. Pudd'nhead Wilson - Mark Twain (1894)
  375. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain (1876)
  376. The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain (1882)
  377. Ramayana - Davi Vanamali
  378. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne (1870)*
  379. A Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne (1864)
  380. Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne (1873)*
  381. From the Earth to the Moon - Jules Verne (1870)
  382. Master of the World - Jules Verne (1904)
  383. Michael Strogoff - Jules Verne (1876)
  384. Mysterious Island - Jules Verne (1874)
  385. Off on a Comet - Jules Verne (1874)
  386. Robur the Conqueror - Jules Verne (1886)
  387. Tigers and Traitors - Jules Verne (1880)
  388. The Aeneid - Virgil*
  389. Candide - Voltaire
  390. Faust - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1808/1832)
  391. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  392. The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
  393. Ben Hur - Lew Wallace (1880)
  394. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
  395. The First Men in the Moon - H G Wells (1901)
  396. The Food of the Gods - H G Wells (1904)
  397. The Invisible Man - H G Wells (1897)
  398. The Time Machine - H G Wells (1895)
  399. War of the Worlds - H G Wells (1898)
  400. Collected Stories - Eudora Welty
  401. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
  402. The Mathnawi - E H Whinfield
  403. Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
  404. The Importance of Being Earnet - Oscar Wilde
  405. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde*
  406. Our Town - Thorton Wilder
  407. The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams
  408. Girls in Love - Jacqueline Wilson
  409. The Story of Tracy Baker - Jacqueline Wilson
  410. Vicky Angel - Jacqueline Wilson
  411. Double Act - Jacqueline Wilson
  412. The Virginian - Owen Wister (1902)
  413. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
  414. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf*
  415. Native Son - Richard Wright
  416. Swiss Family Robinson - Johann Wyss (1813)
  417. Diary of a Madman and Other Stories - Xun Lu
  418. The Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar
  419. The Downfall - Emile Zola (1892)
Author Comments: 

Can't say I agree with the title of this list. There are definitely some major works missing and a lot of stuff that really doesn't fall under what I would say makes a person "well read". But lists are fun and ultimately that's all that matters.