300 books to read once in a lifetime

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” 

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Here we are again. December flew away faster than others months and Christmas arrived again. After one of the most incredible years of my life, it’s time to figure to the next one. So here I am, thinking about the new year’s resolutions, projects and dreams. For sure, I have a lot to do starting from my #onceinalifetime‘s list, beginning whit the “New Year abroad” resolution. Anyway, today I want to introduce to you the third article related to my #onceinalifetime‘s saga. After “101 things to do once in a lifetime” and “300 movies to read once in a lifetime“, here there is “300 books to read once in a lifetime”. Books are one of the most common and beautiful gifts for Christmas. A good book can tell the story written on it , the story of the one who chose that book and also the story of whom read that book. To have a story to tell is IMHO the best way to enjoy our life. Someone once said:

“We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”

― The Doctor, Doctor Who (Season 5, Episode 13)

It’s time to make our best story. Best wishes and Merry Christmas to everyone!!

As usual, the green ones on the list are the ones I have already read. If you have any suggestion about add or remove any books from the list feel free to tell me your opinion. 

  1. 1984 (George Orwell)
  2. A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
  3. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
  4. A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
  5. A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
  6. A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
  7. A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  8. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare)
  9. A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
  10. A People’s History of the United States (Howard Zinn)
  11. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
  12. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
  13. A Room With a View (E. M. Forster)
  14. A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
  15. A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)
  16. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
  17. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)
  18. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
  19. A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson)
  20. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)
  21. Aesops Fables
  22. Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carrol)
  23. All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
  24. All the King’s Men (Robert Penn Warren)
  25. American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
  26. American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
  27. An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
  28. And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
  29. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
  30. Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
  31. Animal Farm (George Orwell)
  32. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
  33. Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)
  34. Are You There God It’s Me Margaret (Judy Blume)
  35. As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
  36. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
  37. Atonement (Ian Mcewan)
  38. Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  39. Beowulf (Seamus Heaney)
  40. Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
  41. Blindness (José Saramago)
  42. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  43. Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
  44. Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)
  45. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Dee Brown)
  46. Candide (Voltaire)
  47. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
  48. Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
  49. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
  50. Charlotte’s Web (E. B. White)
  51. Complete Tales and Poems (Edgar Allan Poe)
  52. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
  53. Cry, the Beloved Country (Alan Paton)
  54. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)
  55. Dead Souls (Nikolai Gogol)
  56. Death Comes for the Archbishop (Willa Cather)
  57. Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
  58. Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
  59. Dracula (Bram Stoker)
  60. Dune (Frank Herbert)
  61. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
  62. Emma (Jane Austen)
  63. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
  64. Everything Is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)
  65. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer)
  66. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
  67. Far From the Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy)
  68. Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk)
  69. Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)
  70. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
  71. Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
  72. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
  73. Game of Thrones (G. R. R. Martin)
  74. Germinal (Emile Zola)
  75. Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
  76. Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
  77. Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  78. Good Omens (Terry Pratchett)
  79. Gravity’s Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
  80. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
  81. Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift)
  82. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Jared Diamond)
  83. Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
  84. Harry Potter Series (J. K. Rowling)
  85. Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
  86. Herzog (Saul Below)
  87. High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)
  88. His Dark Materials Trilogy (Philip Pullman)
  89. Holes (Louis Sachar)
  90. Howards End (E.M. Forster)
  91. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
  92. I, Claudius (Robert Graves)
  93. In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
  94. Interview With the Vampire (Anne Rice)
  95. Into the Wild (John Krakauer)
  96. Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
  97. Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O’Dell)
  98. James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)
  99. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  100. Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne)
  101. Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
  102. Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare)
  103. Kim (Rudyard Kipling)
  104. Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  105. Lady Chatterly’s Lover (David Herbert Lawrence)
  106. Lamb (Christopher Moore)
  107. Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman)
  108. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
  109. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
  110. Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Esquivel)  
  111. Little House Series (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
  112. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  113. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
  114. Lonesome Dove (Larry Mcmurtry)
  115. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
  116. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  117. MacBeth (William Shakespeare)
  118. Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
  119. Matilda (Roald Dahl)
  120. Maus: The Complete Maus
  121. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
  122. Middlemarch (George Eliot)
  123. Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
  124. Midnight’s Children (Salman Rushdie)
  125. Moby Dick (Melville)
  126. Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
  127. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)
  128. Native Son (Richard Wright)
  129. Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
  130. Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
  131. Nickel and Dimed (Barbara Ehrenreich)
  132. Night (Elie Wiesel)
  133. Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
  134. Notes From the Underground (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
  135. Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)
  136. Of Human Bondage (W. Somerset Maugham)
  137. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
  138. Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
  139. On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
  140. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
  141. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)
  142. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez)
  143. Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
  144. Paradise Lost (John Milton)
  145. Perfume (Patrick Suskind)
  146. Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
  147. Persuasion (Jane Austen)
  148. Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie)
  149. Possession (Byatt)
  150. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  151. Rabbit, Run (John Updike)
  152. Ragtime (E.L. Doctorow)
  153. Reading Lolita in Tehran (Azar Nafisi)
  154. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
  155. Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)
  156. Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
  157. Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
  158. Roots (Alex Haley)
  159. Schindler’s List (Thomas Keneally)
  160. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
  161. Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
  162. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
  163. Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison)
  164. Sons and Lovers (D.H. Lawrence)
  165. Sophie’s Choice (William Styron)
  166. Sophie’s World (Jostein Gaarder)
  167. Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
  168. Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert A. Heinlein)
  169. Tender Is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  170. Tess of the D’urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
  171. The Adventures of Augie March (Saul Bellow)
  172. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
  173. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
  174. The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
  175. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelh)
  176. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
  177. The Art of War (Sun Tzu’s)
  178. The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Alex Haley and Malcolm X)
  179. The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
  180. The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)
  181. The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
  182. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
  183. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)
  184. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Dìaz)
  185. The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
  186. The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
  187. The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
  188. The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)
  189. The Chronicles of Narnia (C. S. Lewis)
  190. The Collector (John Fowles)
  191. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)  
  192. The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
  193. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
  194. The Complete Stories (Flannery O’Connor)
  195. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexander Dumas)
  196. The Crucible (Arthur Miller)
  197. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)
  198. The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
  199. The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
  200. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
  201. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)
  202. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (John Fowles)
  203. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
  204. The Giver (Lois Lowry)
  205. The Glass Castle (Jeanette Walls)
  206. The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
  207. The Godfather (Mario Puzo)
  208. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
  209. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  210. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  211. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  212. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
  213. The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
  214. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
  215. The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien)
  216. The Hours (Michael Cunningham)
  217. The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
  218. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)
  219. The Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins)
  220. The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
  221. The Iliad and the Odyssey (Homer) 
  222. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
  223. The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
  224. The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
  225. The Little Prince (Antoine De Saint-Exupéry)
  226. The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)
  227. The Lottery (Shirley Jackson)
  228. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
  229. The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett)
  230. The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
  231. The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
  232. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
  233. The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
  234. The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  235. The New York Trilogy (Paul Auster)
  236. The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
  237. The Origin of Species (Charles Darwin)
  238. The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)
  239. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
  240. The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux)
  241. The Phantom Toolbooth (Norton Juster)
  242. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
  243. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
  244. The Plague (Albert Camus)
  245. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
  246. The Postman Always Rings Twice (James M. Cain)
  247. The Prince (Niccolò Macchiavelli)
  248. The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
  249. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant )
  250. The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
  251. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
  252. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  253. The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis)
  254. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  255. The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
  256. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
  257. The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
  258. The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
  259. The Stand (Stephen King)
  260. The Story of My Life (Helen Keller)
  261. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevensn)
  262. The Stranger (Albert Camus)
  263. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
  264. The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien)
  265. The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
  266. The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
  267. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
  268. The Trial (Franz Kafka)
  269. The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
  270. The War of the Worlds (Isaac Asimov)
  271. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
  272. The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
  273. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
  274. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
  275. The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion)
  276. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
  277. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
  278. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  279. To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
  280. Tom Jones (Henry Fielding)
  281. Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  282. Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller)
  283. Tuck Everlasting (Natalie Babbitt)
  284. Tuesdays With Morrie (Mitch Albom)
  285. Ulysses (James Joyce)
  286. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
  287. Valley of the Dolls (Jacqueline Susann)
  288. Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)
  289. Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
  290. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
  291. Watchmen (Alan Moore)
  292. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
  293. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
  294. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson)
  295. Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls)
  296. Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
  297. Winnie-The-Pooh (A. A. Milne)
  298. Women in Love (D. H. Lawrence)
  299. Wuthering Heights (S. E. Hinton)
  300. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig)


  • before January 2019;
  • after January 2019.


Check also:

  1. 101 things to do once in a lifetime.
  2. 300 movies to see once in a lifetime.
  3. 300 books to read once in a lifetime.


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