Top 100 books to read in a lifetime… my thoughts, part 4

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A few (!!) weeks ago 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 40.

You can catch up on the previous posts in this series here! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegur

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

Reading the synopsis for this one, I am actually kind of interested! I haven’t read anything by Vonnegut before but because H3H3 are such big fans of his, I want to.


The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Karamazov Brothers by Fyodor Dostoevsky

I;m not a traditional classics lover, so this book scares me. Almost 800 pages of deep Russian literature? It’s not for me.


Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

You know, until just now, when I read the synopsis, I had no idea what this book was actually about. I’m that far removed from literature classics. But anyway, another book that’s totally not for me!


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Naahhh, I’ve heard this book is boring as hell.


Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

I just can’t get on board with kids books, I really wish I could! But I don’t think I could read this one now.


The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Never heard of this novel until now! Not a huge sci-fi reader but I am interested in this one. Added to my ever-growing TBR!


City of Thieves by David Benioff

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Since this was published in 2008, I’m more interested in reading it. I like war books but when they’re old I find they’re a bit difficult to get along with. I’m willing to give this one a go!


Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

I’ve wanted to read this book for ages. I even has a copy of it, I just haven’t had the heart to pick it up yet, in case I hate it.


Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

No. No thank you.


Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

Bleh, this one doesn’t really sound like something I’m interested in… not feelin’ it.


So there we have it for part four! A few books on the list that I hadn’t heard of before today, and several I was well aware of already that I definitely do not want to waste my time on!

I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these books, and if you have, what you thought of them!

18 thoughts on “Top 100 books to read in a lifetime… my thoughts, part 4

  1. I loved City of Thieves, although I can’t remember much about it having read it so long ago. And I’m also not a huge literary classics fan, but I was actually completely surprised by Catch-22, in that it was hilarious and I ended up loving it. I hated Clockwork Orange, on the other hand…I had to read it in college and loathed the whole thing. Maybe these are all love-em-or-hate-em!

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  2. The only one I’ve read out of that list was Catcher in the Rye, and I was rather underwhelmed. So many of these lists are filled with books written by white males before 1980. I’ve thought about creating my own ‘must read’ list, but then again, I haven’t really read widely enough to be that knowledgeable about it. The sci fi one looked rather good, though.

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  3. A word of warning: Vonnegut is amazing (one of my favourites!), but he’s REALLY WEIRD. Like, really weird. Slaughterhouse Five is probably a better place to start than Breakfast of Champions. I love them both 🙂

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  4. I agree with a lot of what you say, but I think you should at least try Catch 22 – I’ve only know one person not like it. It’s funny and profound and bizarrely beautiful.
    And the Chrysalids was one of my favourite books as a kid, (partly because it’s the only book I’ve known where a character has the same first name as me). Wyndham always wrote interesting ideas and played with them in very human ways.

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  5. I really enjoyed Catch 22 when I read it in college. I never felt they synopsis I read did the book justice. I also enjoyed Catcher in the Rye, but part of that what the circumstances in which I was reading it. On the other hand, I did not enjoy A Clockwork Orange. It felt too over-the-top to me. I know a lot of people have different opinions of it, though.

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    1. I might have to keep Catch-22 on here because basically everyone has said it’s worth reading! I’m nervous about Clockwork Orange because so many people hated it but it’s my dad’s favourite book so I’m hoping I like it 😛

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      1. Maybe it’s worth trying Catch 22, since I know you’re not afraid to DNF a book if it’s not working for you. With Clockwork Orange, I think it all depends on what you think you’re going to get out of it. One thing that hindered my enjoyment the most was the author’s use of a made-up slang just because. (Shock value maybe? It seemed fake-edgy.) It got to be too much for me by the time I finished the book.

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      2. Ooo yeah, I love to DNF a book if I’m not enjoying it lol
        Yeah I am a little worried about the slang – the copy I have has a glossary at the back so I know what it’s all about haha!

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  6. I adore Charlotte’s Web – the book and the animated movie. I tried to read Catch-22 multiple times and never get to the end. I didn’t like Catcher in the Rye – boring. I haven’t read that Vonnegut but have liked his other works. And I do want to read The Chrysalids. The others not so much.
    x The Captain

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