Amazon’s literary bucket list: 100 books to read in a lifetime

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 listGulliver’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.

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