23 Books to Read Before You Die

There are thousands of books out there to read. Choosing which ones to read can be difficult. That is why we decided to curate a list of 23 books to read before you die. Keep reading to see which books made the list!

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23 Books to Read Before You Die

Before I dive into the list, I know that it is going to ruffle a lot of feathers. Unlike other lists, this one was entirely off of feelings. When making this list, I thought about which books to add, I considered the impact of the novel as well as if not reading the novel would change anything. You can see the full list below.

23 Books to Read Before You Die

Must Read Books

The list includes classics such as 1984, The Book Thief, and Crime and Punishment. These are novels that I believe everyone should read because the story, writing, plot, and message are worth it. There are many books that people read for fun and then there are books that enlighten you and educate you.

With that said, reading is an experience that changes depending on the reader. Different people will get different messages but as long as It is within the boundaries of what the author intended, then that is a success. The Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, and The Handmaid’s Tale are important works of fiction that were and still are necessary.

The Catcher in the Rye Holden Caullfield classic novel
The Catcher in the Rye

But not every must read novel needs to be a lesson. The Count of Monte Cristo, The Great Gatsby and The Hobbit are brilliant novels that epitomize amazing writing. Not everyone is going to enjoy all of these novels but you can’t deny the quality of the writing as well as how important they are in the literary world and beyond.


That wraps up our list of the 23 books to read before you die. This list could easily have been much longer. However, making it short and to the point felt like a great starting point. Because we all know someone who loves books isn’t going to stop at 23 books.

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2 thoughts on “23 Books to Read Before You Die

  1. thedamari says:

    Only three on the list left to go and then I guess I can die at peace. 🙂

  2. Robert Dick says:

    Read the short novel “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. Excellent!


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