50+ Books Before I Die

I am sure I’m not the only one that collects book they aspire to read. I tend to plan out the books down to the edition, whether I would mind reading it as a hard or soft copy, sometimes where to read them, things like that. On my Pinterest I call the ‘Books in my Library’. Now, I don’t actually own a shelf with books lined up in some wonderfully symmetrical order, but I do have a little collection going, I love to scour little second hand books stores or garage sales in search for not just the my next ‘blow me away’ book, but also to tick off books on my ‘ultimate read’ list.

The other day I was walking down Soho in London, and bumped, literally, into a little corner book store called Bookmark, clever. There I picked up a book on my list, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. They have an electric collection some first editions too, it was a delight. After losing myself in the mothy alcove I ended up with a few more books to add to the list. The list, you see is always growing I’m always finding new book I just have to read and somehow finding them on the list. But, I never actually read these book, I am not entirely sure why, but I collect them in preparation of reading them. I know it sounds just silly, I really should start reading them, I know this. Am I the only one that does this, buy a book you really want to read and save it? 

Anyway, here is the ever growing list of booksI want to read before I die, there are 57 so far…


Rebecca —by Daphne du Maurier

1984 — by George Orwell

Wuthering Heights —by Emily Brontë

Pride and Prejudice —by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre —by Charlotte Brontë

Hamlet —by William Shakespeare

Ulysses —by James Joyce

Othello —by William Shakespeare


Tess of D’urbervilles —by Thomas Hardy

Moby Dick —by Herman Melville

The Colour Purple —by Alice Walker

Don Quixote —by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The Bell Jar —by  Sylvia Plath


The Divine Comedy —by Dante Alighieri

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest —by Ken Kesey

Catch 22 —by Joseph Heller

The Picture of Dorian Grey —by Oscar Wilde

The War of the Worlds —by H.G. Wells

Alice in Wonderland —by Lewis Carroll

Anna Karenina —by Leo Tolstoy


The Diary of a Young Girl —by Anne Frank

The Perfume Collector —by Kathleen Tessaro

To Kill a Mockingbird —by Harper Lee

Lear —by Edward Bond

Merchant of Venice —by William Shakespeare

Great Expectations —by Charles Dickens

Life of Pi —by Yann Martel


The Secret Garden —by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Great Gatsby —by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Farewell to Arms —by Ernest Hemingway

Absalom, Absalom! —by William Faulkner

For Whom the Bell Tolds —by Ernest Hemingway

NIcholas Nickleby —by Charles Dickens

The Sound and the Fury —by William Faulkner


Save Me the Waltz  —by Zelda Fitzgerald

As I Lay Dying —by William Faulkner

David Copperfield —by Charles Dickens

Bleak House —by Charles Dickens

Little Women —by Louisa May Alcott

Little Dorrit —by Charles Dickens

Animal Farm —by George Orwell

Citizen Kane —by Orson Welles

The Kite Runner —by Khaled Hosseini


The Alchemist —by Paulo Coelho

Macbeth —by William Shakespeare

The Canterbury Tales —by Geoffrey Chaucer

Chimes at Midnight — by Orson Welles

The Little Prince —by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Emma —by Jane Austen


Memories of a Geisha—by Arthur Golden

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn —by Mark Twain

The Bronze Horseman —by Paullina Simons

Gone with the Wind —by Margaret Mitchell


Madame Bovary —by Gustave Flaubert

A Tale of Two Cities —by Charles Dickens

The Piper’s Son —by Melina Marchetta

Lolita —by Vladimir Nabokov

Kafka on the Shore —by Haruki Murakami

I think I am really wanting to read these books by my very own wood-burning fireplace with a collection of books and records stacked high, looming above me on my very own library, in a comfortable arm chair as it rains outside, with the view of the rain falling down the window. Sigh! Since this is not my reality and really isn’t looking like its going to be in the foreseeable future, I purchased a book on the list then two then three and commenced to living the here and now, and living the version my reality can afford me and to be honest with these stories for company there is much the dream scenario can provide that I don’t already get lost in one of these book. I imagine.

So I’m making my way down the list, although it keeps growing faster than I can read, but I guess that is the beauty of life, there is never really an end to wants and dreams, till there is.


Happy Reading!


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