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Lifetime Reading List

Yes, upon first look this seems quite absurd.  But, as a friend recently pointed out, if I read an average of two of these each month, I’ll be done in a mere 24 years.  Not too shabby.  Of course, that assumes the list stays stagnant, and we all know that isn’t going to happen.

*Note: A strikethrough delineates a completed book

The New York Times Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels

Ulysses James Joyce
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler
Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry
The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
1984 George Orwell
I, Claudius Robert Graves
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Native Son Richard Wright
Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow
Appointment in Samarra John O’ Hara
U.S.A. (trilogy) John Dos Passos
Winesburg, Ohio Sherwood Anderson
A Passage to India E.M. Forster
The Wings of the Dove Henry James
The Ambassadors Henry James
Tender Is the Night F. Scott Firzgerald
The Studs Lonigan Trilogy James T. Farrell
The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
Animal Farm George Orwell
The Golden Bowl Henry James
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
All the King’s Men Robert Penn Warren
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder
Howards End E.M. Forster
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin
The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene
Lord of the Flies William Golding
Deliverance James Dickey
A Dance to the Music of Time (series) Anthony Powell
Point Counter Point Aldous Huxley
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
The Rainbow D.H. Lawrence
Women in Love D.H. Lawrence
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov
Light in August William Faulkner
On the Road Jack Kerouac
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
Parade’s End Ford Madox Ford
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
The Moviegoer Walker Percy
Death Comes to the Archbishop Willa Cather
From Here to Eternity James Jones
The Wapshot Chronicles John Cheever
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Main Street Sinclair Lewis
The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
The Alexandria Quartet Lawrence Durrell
A High Wind in Jamaica Richard Hughes
A House for Ms. Biswas V.S. Naipaul
The Day of the Locust Nathaniel West
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
Scoop Evelyn Waugh
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
Finnegans Wake James Joyce
Kim Rudyard Kipling
A Room With a View E.M. Forster
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow
Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner
A Bend in the River V.S. Naipaul
The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen
Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
Ragtime E.L. Doctorow
The Old Wives’ Tale Arnold Bennett
The Call of the Wild Jack London
Loving Henry Green
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Tobacco Road Erskine Caldwell
Ironweed William Kennedy
The Magus John Fowles
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
Under the Net Iris Murdoch
Sophie’s Choice William Styron
The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles
The Postman Always Rings Twice James M. Cain
The Ginger Man J.P. Donleavy
The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington

The Man’s Essential Library – The Art of Manliness

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli
Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
1984 George Orwell
The Republic Plato
Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
The Wealth of Nations Adam Smith
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie
Call of the Wild Jack London
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt Edmund Morris
Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss
Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac
The Iliad and Odyssey Homer
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Walden Henry David Thoreau
Lord of the Flies William Golding
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov
Bluebeard Kurt Vonnegut
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
Another Roadside Attraction Tom Robbins
White Noise Don Delillo
Ulysses James Joyce
The Young Man’s Guide William Alcott
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West Cormac McCarthy
Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond Denis Johnson
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
Steppenwolf Herman Hesse
The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry Christine De Pizan
The Art of Warfare Sun Tzu
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer
The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri
The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
The Rough Riders Theodore Roosevelt
East of Eden John Steinbeck
Leviathan Thomas Hobbes
The Thin Red Line James Jones
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
The Politics Aristotle
First Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook
Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
The Crisis Winston Churchill
The Naked and The Dead Norman Mailer
Hatchet Gary Paulsen
Animal Farm George Orwell
Tarzan of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs
Beyond Good and Evil Freidrich Nietzsche
The Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
Moby Dick Herman Melville
Essential Manners for Men Peter Post
Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
Hamlet Shakespeare
The Boys of Summer Roger Kahn
A Separate Peace John Knowles
A Farewill to Arms Ernest Hemingway
The Stranger Albert Camus
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Dafoe
The Pearl John Steinbeck
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
Foucault’s Pendulum Umberto Eco
The Great Railway Bazaar Paul Theroux
Fear and Trembling Soren Kierkegaard
Undaunted Courage Stephen Ambrose
Paradise Lost John Milton
Cannery Row John Steinbeck
The American Boys’ Handy Book
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer
King Solomon’s Mines H. Rider Haggard
The Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky
A River Runs Through It Norman F. Maclean
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Theodore Rex Edmund Morris
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
All Quiet on The Western Front Erich Maria Remarq
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane
Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans Plutarch
A Strenuous Life Theodore Roosevelt
The Bible
Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
The Dangerous Book for Boys Conn and Hal Iggulden
The Killer Angels Michael Shaara
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Histories Herodotus
From Here to Eternity James Jones
The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert Pirsig
Self Reliance Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Top 100 Books of All Time – The Guardian

1984 George Orwell
A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen
A Sentimental Education Gustave Flaubert
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
The Aeneid Leo Tolstoy
Beloved Toni Morrison
Berlin Alexanderplatz Alfred Doblin
Blindness Jose Saramago
The Book of Disquiet Fernando Pessoa
The Book of Job
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann
Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer
The Castle Franz Kafka
Children of Gebelawi Naguib Mahfouz
Collected Fictions Jorge Luis Borges
Complete Poems Giacomo Leopardi
The Complete Stories Franz Kafka
The Complete Tales Edgar Allan Poe
Confessions of Zeno Italo Svevo
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol
The Dath of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories Leo Tolstoy
Decameron Giovanni Boccaccio
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands Joao Guimaraes Rosa
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories Lu Xun
The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Essays Michel de Montaigne
Fairy Tales and Stories Hans Christian Andersen
Faust Johann Wolfgang
Gargantua and Pantagruel Francois Rabelais
The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Gypsy Ballads Federico Garcia Lorca
Hamlet William Shakespeare
History Elsa Morante
Hunger Knut Hamsun
The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Iliad Homer
Independent People Halldor K Laxness
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jacques the Fatalist and His Master Denis Diderot
Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Celine
King Lear William Shakespeare
Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann
The Man Without Qualities Robert Musil
The Mathnawi Jalal ad-din Rumi
Medea Euripides
Memoirs of Hadrian Marguerite Yourcenar
Metamorphoses Ovid
Middlemarch George Eliot
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick Herman Melville
Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf
Njaals Saga
Nostromo Joseph Conrad
The Odyssey Homer
Oedipus the King Sophocles
Old Goriot Honore de Balzac
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Orchard Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Sadi
Othello William Shakespeare
Pedro Paramo Juan Rulfo
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren
Poems Paul Celan
The Possessed Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
The Ramayana Valmiki
The Recognition of Sakuntala Kalidasa
The Red and the Black Stendhal
Remembrance of Things Past Marcel Proust
Season of Migration to the North Tayeb Salih
Selected Stories Anton P Checkhov
Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
The Sound of the Mountain Yasunari Kawabata
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Tale of Genji Shikibu Murasaki
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Thousand and One Nights
The Tin Drum Gunter Grass
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
The Trial Franz Kafka
Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable Samuel Beckett
Ulysses James Joyce
War and Peace Jeo Tolstoy
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis


The Time Machine H.G. Wells
A Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Vern
Around the World in 80 Days Jules Vern
Jewel Bret Lott
The Hunt Club Bret Lott
Dead Low Tide Bret Lott
Ancient Highway Bret Lott
The Man Who Owned Vermont Bret Lott
Fathers, Sons, and Brothers Bret Lott


Good to Great Jim Collins
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership John Maxwell
Courageous Leadership Bill Hybels
The Next Generation Leader Andy Stanley
Now, Discover Your Strengths Marcus Buckingham
Love is the Killer App Tim Sanders
The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell
Tribes Seth Godin
It: How Churches and Leaders can Get it and Keep it Craig Groeschel
Integrity Henry Cloud
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership Henri Nouwen
Axiom Bill Hybels
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day Mark Batterson
Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni
Visioneering Andy Stanley
Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us Daniel Pink
Silos, Politics and Turf Wars Patrick Lencioni
Linchpin Seth Godin
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie
Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization John Wooden
Leadership is an Art Max Depree
Leading with the Heart Coach Mike Krzyzewski
unChristian Gabe Lyons and Davi Kinnaman
True North Bill George
Built to Last Jim Collins
Execution Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy
In Search of Excellence Tom Peters
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey
The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork John Maxwell
What the CEO Wants You to Know Ram Charan
Rework Jason Fried and David Hansson
The Experience Economy Joseph Pine and James Gilmore
Made to Stick Chip and Dan Heath
Blink Malcolm Gladwell
Making Ideas Happen Scott Belsky
The Effective Executive Peter Drucker
Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman
On Becoming a Leader Warren Bennis
Leading Change John Kotter
One Comment leave one →
  1. Melanie Lott permalink
    April 16, 2012 3:04 pm

    You haven’t read Jewel yet?? It’s the Lott family saga, a must-read 🙂 Sending hugs!!

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