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Amazon's 100 books to read in a lifetime


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?



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