There are a lot of amazing books to read but reading all of them will require a lot of time. That is why you should start right now. You can get started with this list of 30 books to read before you die!
This list includes only 30 books which means we had to make a lot of tough choices. Some must reads may just have missed out but may make a future list. With so many amazing books out there, some were going to get the short end of the stick.
We know choosing your next read isn’t always easy. That is why many of us stick with our favorite authors because we know what to expect. Taking risks is how we discover our new favorite book and authors. You can see the full list below!
30 Books to Read Before You Die!
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Must Read Books
One of the most iconic novels on the list has to be 1984. It is unlike anything else and it predicated governments spying on its citizens decades ago. Sometimes you are paranoid and other times you are right to be paranoid. That can also apply to The Handmaid’s Tale to a certain extent. Why else is it one of the most censored books of all time?
A novel that I loved on this list is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It is going to make you laugh throughout the series and there is never a dull moment. There is no other novel like it and it will make you appreciate the sci-fi genre.
The Lord of the Rings series is a fantasy series that everyone should read at least once. Not only is it a classic series, but it has inspired hundreds of books. Once you read it, you will notice similarities in many novels and know the origins of it. And if you read the LOTR series, then The Hobbit is also a must.
That is all for this list of the 20 must read books of all time. How many of these books have you read? What books should we include in our next list? Let us know in the comments below!