Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” —  Charles W. Eliot

According to thousands of readers, these are the Exclusive Books 101 Books To Read Before You Die list.  I have read quite a few of the books on the list already and have decided that I would like to read them all.  This is the list and my progress on it.

  • 72 books read
  • 29 books to go
  • Challenge is about 71.28 % complete

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien *I have read the first two books and really should read the last one
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Spud – John van de Ruit
The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy
Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
Possession – A. S. Byatt
Perfume – Patrick Suskind
The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
Chocolat – Joanne Harris
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
Q & A – Vikas Swarup
Dune – Frank Herbert
Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
River God – Wilbur Smith
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
Mort – Terry Pratchett
Crime and Punishment – Feodor Dostoyevsky
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
The Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
Watership Down – Richard Adams
Magician – Raymond E Feist
Middlemarch – George Eliot
The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth
We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
The Magus – John Fowles
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Agaat – Marlene van Niekerk
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
The Shell Seekers – Rosamunde Pilcher
The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
The Beach House – James Patterson
Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
Kringe in ‘n Bos – Dalene Matthee
The World according to Garp – John Irving
Northen Lights – Phillip Pullman
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Shades – Marguerite Poland
Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer
Fiela se kind – Dalene Matthee
Story of an African Farm – Olive Schreiner
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne

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