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MLAs 30 Books Every Adult Should Read Before They Die

Books I’ve Read are Highlighted in Blue; follow the links to my reviews

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee – read my review
  2. The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Third Edition, new Revised Standard Version
  3. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. The Return of the King: being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell
  7. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
  8. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
  9. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  10. All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque
  11. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book I), by Philip Pullman
  12. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book II), by Philip Pullman
  13. Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials Book III), by Philip Pullman
  14. Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War, by Sebastian Faulks
  15. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck – read my review
  16. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
  18. Tess of the d’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy
  19. Winnie-The Pooh, by A.A. Milne
  20. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  21. The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
  22. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
  23. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens – read my review
  24. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
  25. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
  26. The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
  27. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
  28. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho – read my review
  29. The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
  30. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel – read my review
  31. Middlemarch, by George Eliot
  32. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver – read my review
  33. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
  34. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn


  1. Wendy — I must come back here and spend time on your reviews. I am working on this list too.

    Can I add a link to your list on my list post? And what about your reviews — can I add a link to your reviews on my review posts for the same books? I always like to ask first, but then I can’t remember who I’ve asked!

    • Wendy on March 6, 2010 at 20:25

    Feel free to link up however you want 🙂

    I am not sure I have all these lists updated…I used to have a blog just dedicated to “the lists” and I’ve slowly been moving stuff over here…although THIS list looks current for now 🙂

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