100 Books to Read in a Lifetime: Readers' Picks

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29. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy Book 1)
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy Book 1)
by Suzanne Collins
4.7 out of 5 stars (4,404 customer reviews)
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Scholastic Fiction
1 March 2012
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The Hunger Games is amazing --Stephenie MeyerI couldn't stop reading --Stephen KingOne of the best written and most thought-provoking books I've read for a long time --Anothony Horowitz... Read more

30. The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
4.6 out of 5 stars (3,648 customer reviews)
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Transworld Digital
4 September 2008
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The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak was the best-selling debut literary novel of the year 2007, selling over 400,000 copies. The author is a prize-winning writer of children's books, and this, his first novel for adults, proved to be a triumphant success. The book is extraordinary on many levels: ... Read more

31. Beatrix Potter: The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Illustrated)
Beatrix Potter: The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Illustrated)
by Beatrix Potter
4.7 out of 5 stars (64 customer reviews)
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sun&wind
9 December 2013
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A tale that stands the test of time (Mother of Emily, aged 20 months ... Read more

32. Great Expectations (Wordsworth Classics)
Great Expectations (Wordsworth Classics)
by Charles Dickens
4.6 out of 5 stars (57 customer reviews)
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1 October 2011
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An absorbing mystery as well as a morality tale, the story of Pip, a poor village lad, and his expectations of wealth is Dickens at his most deliciously readable. The cast of characters includes kindly Joe Gargery, the loyal convict Abel Magwitch and the... Read more

33. The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
4.3 out of 5 stars (350 customer reviews)
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9 March 2012
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A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both? After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and h... Read more

34. The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1)
The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1)
by C. S. Lewis
4.7 out of 5 stars (163 customer reviews)
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HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
5 May 2009
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“The magic of C.S. Lewis’s parallel universe never fades.” The Times “When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including ... Read more

35. Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones series Book 1)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones series Book 1)
by Helen Fielding
4.2 out of 5 stars (235 customer reviews)
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Picador
21 August 2009
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In the course of the year recorded in Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget confides her hopes, her dreams, and her monstrously fluctuating poundage, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes and "Fat units 3457 (approx.) (hideous in every way)." In 365 days, she gains 74 pounds. On the ... Read more

36. Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontė
4.4 out of 5 stars (511 customer reviews)
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30 March 2011
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Bold and unique, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is a heartbreaking tale of love, loss and vengeance.... Read more

37. The Hobbit: Illustrated by Alan Lee
The Hobbit: Illustrated by Alan Lee
by J. R. R. Tolkien
4.7 out of 5 stars (2,120 customer reviews)
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HarperCollins
8 November 2012
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‘The Hobbit belongs to a very small class of books which have nothing in common save that each admits us to a world of its own. Its place is with Alice and The Wind in the Willows.’Times Literary Supplement ‘One of ... Read more

38. Good Omens
Good Omens
by Neil Gaiman
4.6 out of 5 stars (281 customer reviews)
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Transworld Digital
22 November 2011
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Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humour; the result is a humanist ... Read more

39. Birdsong
Birdsong
by Sebastian Faulks
4.4 out of 5 stars (689 customer reviews)
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23 February 2010
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Readers who are entranced by sweeping historical sagas will devour ... Read more

40. Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics)
Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics)
by Ray Bradbury
4.4 out of 5 stars (245 customer reviews)
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Harper Voyager
14 February 2013
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In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ... Read more

41. Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
4.2 out of 5 stars (413 customer reviews)
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Faber & Faber Fiction
15 March 2012
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Lord of the Flies , William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island, is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, ... Read more

42. Jane Eyre (Wordsworth Classics)
Jane Eyre (Wordsworth Classics)
by Charlotte Brontė
4.6 out of 5 stars (730 customer reviews)
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1 October 2011
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Time-crunched students and creative educators will welcome this abridged version of the classic novel. Fielding transports listeners into the 1800s; her tone and British accent subtly communicate the gradations of social strata, with characters distinguish... Read more

43. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾
by Sue Townsend
4.7 out of 5 stars (354 customer reviews)
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Puffin
5 November 2009
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Townsend has held a mirror up to the nation and made us happy to laugh at what we see in it (... Read more

44. Guards! Guards!: (Discworld Novel 8) (Discworld Novels)
Guards! Guards!: (Discworld Novel 8) (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
4.7 out of 5 stars (145 customer reviews)
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Transworld Digital
16 December 2008
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'This is one of Pratchett's best books. Hilarious and highly recommended' (... Read more

45. Winnie-the-Pooh
Winnie-the-Pooh
by A. A. Milne
4.8 out of 5 stars (99 customer reviews)
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Egmont
11 July 2012
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The Winnie-the-Pooh stories have been loved by generations of children since Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore first made their appearance in 1926. In this first volume we meet all the friends from the Hundred Acre Woo... Read more

46. The Secret Garden (Vintage Children's Classics)
The Secret Garden (Vintage Children's Classics)
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
4.8 out of 5 stars (18 customer reviews)
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2 August 2012
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"The Secret Garden should be on every child's bookshelf" (The Times)"The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is my "current" favourite children's book. I reread it to my six-year-old daughter last summer and both of us loved it - although she did require me to have a go at ... Read more

47. Neverwhere
Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman
4.5 out of 5 stars (369 customer reviews)
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11 November 2010
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'This is a wonderful booK - I had imagined it would sink without trace, but Headline now has him on board and this is back. Fantastic' Sarah Broadhurst, BOOKSELLER... Read more

48. First Term at Malory Towers (Malory Towers (Pamela Cox) Book 1)
First Term at Malory Towers (Malory Towers (Pamela Cox) Book 1)
by Enid Blyton
4.6 out of 5 stars (94 customer reviews)
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20 December 2013
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A classic children’s story from the world’s best-loved children’s author, Enid Blyton. Malory Towers is about everything school should stand for – friendships, lessons, sports, plays and especially mischief. Darrell and her friends grow together as they share their schooldays. There are new students to induct, sporting matches to ... Read more

49. A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
4.8 out of 5 stars (1,353 customer reviews)
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Bloomsbury Publishing
24 February 2009
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‘A beautifully crafted and disturbing story of two women victims of the wrath of men. As unforgettable as The Kite Runner, this novel places us in Afghanistan with an open heart' (Isabel Allende )‘I loved this book - I couldn't put it down and read it in one ... Read more

50. The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
4.7 out of 5 stars (6,370 customer reviews)
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Penguin
3 May 2012
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Electric . . . Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy (Jodi Picoult)... Read more

51. The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
4.3 out of 5 stars (1,330 customer reviews)
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6 January 2005
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"I was ridiculously entranced by Audrey Niffenegger's big, reckless novel - utterly convincing"--... Read more

52. Angels And Demons: (Robert Langdon Book 1)
Angels And Demons: (Robert Langdon Book 1)
by Dan Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars (694 customer reviews)
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Transworld Digital
14 May 2009
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It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss ... Read more

53. Memoirs Of A Geisha (Vintage 21st Anniv Editions)
Memoirs Of A Geisha (Vintage 21st Anniv Editions)
by Arthur Golden
4.6 out of 5 stars (477 customer reviews)
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Vintage Digital
2 December 2008
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According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word ... Read more

54. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Vintage Children's Classics)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Vintage Children's Classics)
by John Boyne
4.3 out of 5 stars (811 customer reviews)
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2 August 2012
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'Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone'Nine-year-old Bruno has a lot of things on his mind. Who is the 'Fury'? Why did he make them leave their nice home in Berlin ... Read more

55. The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4.2 out of 5 stars (1,774 customer reviews)
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13 August 2013
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In 1922, F Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write ... Read more

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