Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Amazon's 100 books to read in a lifetime

bksfbk.jpg
bookshero3.jpg
shekf.jpg

The online bookseller has revealed its ultimate bucket list of reads, spanning classics such as Gulliver’s Travels and Little Women to modern hits including the groundbreaking economics tome Freakonomics and Julian Barnes' Sense of an Ending.

Ever wonder about the great books you've missed out on? Amazon.co.uk and Kindle has today released the top 100 works they say everyone should read in their lifetime.

“We set out to build a roadmap of a literary life that takes readers from their childhood favourites through to modern classics, and all the best books in between,” said Kindle's Ezequiel Szafir. “Over many months, the team passionately debated and defended the books we wanted on this list, now we can’t wait to hear what customers have to say about our selection.”

There are some notable absences on the list, which Amazon said it hopes "sparks discussion and debate". While the likes of Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice make the grade, Shakespeare doesn't get a look in. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is deemed a must-read, but J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye is not bucket list-worthy.

Has Game of Thrones earned it's place on the list?

  • Oldest book: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)
  • Newest book: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2011)
  • Number written by UK authors: 65
  • Unanimously chosen: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh and Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Most controversial inclusions: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson and Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • The ones that nearly made it - but didn't: Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  • Categories: Children's Books, Older Children and Young Adults, Approachable Classics, Something More Modern, Nineteenth Century Classics, Explore Alternative Worlds, Contemporary Fiction, Twentieth Century Classics, Nonfiction Essentials.

What do you think? Which books did Amazon get right and which works should they absolutely have included?

Related

use.jpg

New technology lets you speed read a book at 1,000 words per minute

madonna-reading-hero.jpg

Infographic shows favourite book choices of Queen Victoria, Madonna, Oprah Winfrey and more

hero-2.jpg

Hidden reading space around London: the best, most peaceful spots for you and your book

hero.jpg

Ten spectacular and easy ways to arrange your books

charhero2.jpg

100 best opening lines from children's books

Comments

More

Four of the best books so far this year, as chosen by Amazon and us

If you read nothing else, make sure you give these titles a whirl

by Anna Brech
22 Jun 2017

Emma Watson really, really wants you to read these 10 feminist books

She’s curated her very own “essential feminist bookshelf”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jun 2017

We need to talk about Offred’s secret weapon in The Handmaid’s Tale

This is the most important thing we can take from episode four

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jun 2017

Little girl crashes stranger’s wedding for a seriously cute reason

And the photos are just perfect

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jun 2017

JK Rowling flies to the rescue after Trump blocks Stephen King

This is getting ‘riddikulus’ now...

by Kayleigh Dray
14 Jun 2017

Bailey’s Prize winner Naomi Alderman on the importance of feminism

“If my novel is a dystopia, then we are living in a dystopia right now”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
08 Jun 2017

Boys ‘find it very hard’ to read a book starring a girl hero

Gender equality is still a problem for children's books, says leading author

by Anna Brech
08 Jun 2017

Dustbin man rescues books to create free community library

He's saved 20,000 books so far

by Sarah Biddlecombe
07 Jun 2017

Who is Arundhati Roy? The controversial author with an army of fans

The bestselling author’s much-anticipated second novel is out now.

by Moya Crockett
06 Jun 2017

Jacqueline Wilson confirms she is writing another Tracy Beaker book

Back to the dumping ground...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
06 Jun 2017