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

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