Top 100 books to read in a lifetime… my thoughts, part 2

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Last week I started this 10 part blog series where I go through one of those predictable “top 100 books to read in your lifetime” and give my two-cents about the books on the list. I found this top 100 list on AbeBooks, and I chose it because I thought it was that little bit less predictable in comparison to the BBC or Amazon one.

So, I’m here today to bring you the next 10 books on the list, bringing the count up to 20.

If you want to see part 1 of this series, click here!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

I don’t know a whole lot about this book, other than I don’t think I’m interested in reading it???

It’s hard to grasp what this is even about because it’s a “classic” and for some reason, when a book becomes a “classic”, its synopsis disappears into thin air.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

This is another one of those books I’ve never been interested in reading. I’m just not into these slow, coming of age type stories.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Finally a book I’m interested in! I love all things Alice in Wonderland, I went to a really interesting exhibition about the book and the author at The British Library once, but I still haven’t read it! One day… one day…

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I thought I might be like “yeah I’ll read this one” because it’s only 100 pages long, but then I read the synopsis and threw that idea out the window. This one sounds so dull!

Even my mum who’s into more meaningful, philosophical stuff thought this one sounded boring.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

I’m nervous about this one because so many people say it isn’t the novel they were expecting? But I still want to read it! I fully expect to ugly cry my way through it.


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I thought this novel was huge but apparently it’s only 200-and-something pages long.

I know this isn’t supposed to be a standard scary horror novel, it’s supposed to be much more than that., and for that reason I’m worried I won’t get it and only end up giving it 3 stars like so many other reviewers. Saying that, I do still want to give this a shot… I’ll just need to prepare myself for it.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

I have a love / hate relationship with things about war. Sometimes I find them too bleak and dull, and other times I think they’re extremely poignant and interesting. The last war book I read was To Die in Spring by Ralf Rothmann (which I loved). So this one does interest me, and if I can get myself a cheap copy, I’ll most likely buy it and read it.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I already have this one on my shelves to read, so I will definitely get around to it soon! My mum liked this one when she read it, so I hope I will too.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I had such a different picture in my head as to what this novel was going to be about. I’m not sure why, but I hadn’t expected it to be about the war. I am interested in reading this though, I’ve only seen good reviews for it.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I’m ashamed that I haven’t read this one yet! I will get around to it at some point. My nan bought me the beautiful special edition of it at Christmas, so I need to read it this year at least!

So there we have it for part two! A few more “classics” this time around but a couple of modern books towards the end there. I think the general consensus for most of these posts is going to be that I want to read the more modern books, but not so much the older ones.

I’d love to know how many of these first 10 books you’ve read, and what you thought of them!

19 Replies to “Top 100 books to read in a lifetime… my thoughts, part 2”

  1. I’ve only very recently read The Alchemist and it’s actually quite good. I ended up listening to it on audio, Jeremy Irons narrates, and it’s only about 4 hours so quite a quick listen and not too deep and philosophical if you don’t want it to be. The thing that bugged me the most was how sexist it is.

    I don’t think I’ve read any of the others or at least I don’t remember reading them but who knows.

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  2. I commented on this last night and my comment just disappeared as soon as I hit post and I’ve no idea why!!! So here goes round two lol

    I also am a big fan of Alice. I was super obsessed with all the movies in high school so my sister got me this huge illustrated edition of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. I still haven’t read Through The Looking Glass after all these years… 😳

    I bought The Alchemist on a whim because a co-worker told me he is one of her favorite authors. Still haven’t picked it up yet.

    I’ve seen All The Light We Cannot See everywhere! It’s following me!

    I just finished The Handmaid’s Tale the other day. It was pretty good!

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    1. I just found your other comment in my spam! Weird!
      I love all things Wonderland – it’s so weird and wonderful (obv lol)
      I don’t think I could read The Alchemist, not even on recommendation – it really doesn’t sound like my cup of tea haha

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  3. Of these, I’ve read:
    * Huck Finn (required school reading, and enjoyable in a character-study kind of way. I’m reading To Kill A Mockingbird now, and the beginning of that novel reminds me of this one)
    * Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (love it)
    * Frankenstein ((your title for that one is wrong, leftover from last week) more school reading, and though I remember liking it I also remember that the pacing was slower than modern novels)
    * Fahrenheit 451(I enjoyed it and am glad I read it, but it definitely makes you think)

    Sounds like you have a good handle on what kinds of books you would like from this list! I completely agree, though, that “classic” novels tend to lose their synopses.

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    1. Thanks for pointing out the error! Fixed that now 😛
      I love To Kill a Mockingbird, I hope you like it!
      I do have a pretty steady idea on the kinds of books I’ll enjoy – classics aren’t usually my thing!


  4. I have read all of these except All the Light We Cannot see which I have no interest in. I thought the Alchemist was boring. I loved all the others with Anne of Green Gables and All Quiet on the Western Front being particularly wonderful. Well the war book isn’t happy at all but so well-written and thought provoking. Another fun list. Off to part three.
    x The Captain

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