A Bucket List of 1,700 Books to Read Before You Die
A Bucket List of Books (1,700 Novels, Biographies, Essays, Memoirs, Plays, Science, Science Fiction and Sports Books). Updated to 2022
Most lists of "essential books" are flawed in some manner. They are either too short ("Top 50 Books for Men", or too old ("25 Best Sellers From The Past 25 Years That You Simply Must Re-Read"). Other book lists fail to include essays, plays, rock and roll memoirs, science books, and science fiction. Other lists fall short in providing a true world view. I tried to get a solid sampling from every genre and from most countries. This list was created by taking the best of 15 lists. I then added several years of recommended books from The Week, and foreign language recommended books. I completed my list by adding my favorites and some books recommended by friends that were not already there. Enjoy!
avg. score: 157 of 1700 (9%)
required scores: 1, 50, 109, 158, 248