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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!
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1776 (David McCullough)
1776 (David McCullough)
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2666 (Roberto Bolano)
2666 (Roberto Bolano)
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11/22/63 (Stephen King)
11/22/63 (Stephen King)
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....And Ladies of the Club (Helen Hooven Santmeyer)
....And Ladies of the Club (Helen Hooven Santmeyer)
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1000 Books to Read Before You Die (James Mustich)
1000 Books to Read Before You Die (James Mustich)
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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Charles C. Mann)
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Charles C. Mann)
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1919 (John Dos Passos)
1919 (John Dos Passos)
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
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2010: Odyssey Two
2010: Odyssey Two
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The 42nd Parallel (John Dos Passos)
The 42nd Parallel (John Dos Passos)
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A Bend in the River (V.S. Naipaul)
A Bend in the River (V.S. Naipaul)
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A Black Women's History of the United States (Daina Ramey Berry)
A Black Women's History of the United States (Daina Ramey Berry)
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A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)
A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)
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A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
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A Bright Shining Lie (Neil Sheehan)
A Bright Shining Lie (Neil Sheehan)
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A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller)
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A Clash of Kings (George R.R. Martin)
A Clash of Kings (George R.R. Martin)
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A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
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A Coffin for Dimitrios (Eric Ambler)
A Coffin for Dimitrios (Eric Ambler)
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A Coffin for King Charles (C.V. Wedgwood)
A Coffin for King Charles (C.V. Wedgwood)
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A Column of Fire (Ken Follet)
A Column of Fire (Ken Follet)
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A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
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A Cowrie of Hope (Binwell Sinyangwe)
A Cowrie of Hope (Binwell Sinyangwe)
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A Cup of Coffee With My Interrogator: The Prague Chronicles of Ludvik Vaculik (Ludvík Vaculík)
A Cup of Coffee With My Interrogator: The Prague Chronicles of Ludvik Vaculik (Ludvík Vaculík)
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A Dance With Dragons (George R.R. Martin)
A Dance With Dragons (George R.R. Martin)
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A Deepness in the Sky
A Deepness in the Sky
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A Division of the Spoils (Paul Scott)
A Division of the Spoils (Paul Scott)
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A Doll's House (Henrik Ibsen)
A Doll's House (Henrik Ibsen)
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A Dry White Season (André Brink)
A Dry White Season (André Brink)
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A False Spring (PAT JORDAN)
A False Spring (PAT JORDAN)
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A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms
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A Feast for Crows (George R.R. Martin)
A Feast for Crows (George R.R. Martin)
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A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
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Of a Fire on the Moon (Norman Mailer)
Of a Fire on the Moon (Norman Mailer)
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A Fire Upon the Deep (Vernor Vinge)
A Fire Upon the Deep (Vernor Vinge)
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A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor (John Berger)
A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor (John Berger)
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A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
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