Amazon.co.uk announced yesterday a curated list of the essential books to read in a lifetime. The comprehensive list, hand-selected by the Amazon.co.uk Books and Kindle editorial team, covers a wide spectrum of fiction and nonfiction.
The list comprises everything you’d expect of a literary bucket list – Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, To Kill A Mockingbird, Great Expectations, yet with a smattering of quirky, less-obvious additions. These include the likes of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Dissolution by CJ Sansom, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for His Hat by Oliver Sacks.
A happy addition to the list is the plethora of cult fiction novels, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis and The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks.
Here are some fun facts about the bucket list:
- Oldest book on the list: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)
- Most recently published book on the list: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2011)
- Number of books on the list written by UK authors: 65
- The most controversial books on the list: 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
- A few books that were unanimously chosen: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh and Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
- The book each editor most wished had made the list (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
To see a complete list of the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, visit www.amazon.co.uk/100books. Cast your own votes for the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime: Reader Picks at Goodreads.