Please read these before you die (hurry, you may die tomorrow) [No particular order

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1. Bible 2. Koran 3. Torah 4. Beowulf 5. Davy Crockett 6. The Epit of Gilgamesh 7. Wild Bill Hickock 8. Kit Carson - John Abbott 9. The King of the Mountains - Edmond About 10. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe 11. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 12. Watership Down - Richard Adams 13. Prometheus Bound - Aeschylus 14. A Death in the Family - James Agee 15. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott 16. The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri 17. Fairy Tales and Stories - Hans Christian Anderson 18. Mahabharata - Anonymous 19. Njal's Saga - Anonymous 20. Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer 21. Nicomachean Ethics - Aristotle 22. The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M Auel

23. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius 24. Emma - Jane Austen* 25. Persuasion - Jane Austen

26. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen*
27. Daniel Boone - John Bakeless 28. Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin 29. Trilogy: Molly, Malone Dies, The Unamable - Samuel Beckett 30. Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett 31. The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow 32. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Berniers 33. The Last Spike - Pierre Berton 34. Carmen - George Bizet 35. Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman 36. The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton 37. Decameron - Giovanni Boccacio 38. Collected Fictions - Jorge Luis Borges 39. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 40. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte* 41. Fang and Claw - Frank Buck 42. On Jungle Trails - Frank Buck 43. Bring 'em Back Alive - Frank Buck and Edward Anthony 44. Last Days of Pompeii - Edward Bulwer-Lytton 45. The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan* 46. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

47. The Way of All Flesh - Samuel Butler 48. Marco Polo - Donn Byrne 49. The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot 50. Caesar's Conquests - Julius Caesar 51. The Stranger - Albert Camus 52. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Caroll* 53. Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather 54. Poems of Paul Celan - Paul Celan 55. Journey to the End of Night - Louis-Ferdinana D. Celine 56. The Adventures of Cellini - Benvenuto Cellini

57. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes* 58. Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer*
59. Selected Stories of Anton Chekov - Anton Pavlovich Chekov 60. The Cherry Orchard - Anton Chekov 61. The Awakening - Kate Chopin 62. The Crises - Winston Churchill 63. The Oxbow Incident - Walter Van Tillburn Clark 64. Buffalo Bill - William F Cody 65. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho 66. Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge 67. Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer 68. The Moonstone - William Wilkie Collins 69. The Woman in White - William Wilkie Collins 70. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad*

71. Nostromo - Joseph Conrad 72. Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad 73. Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimoore Cooper* 74. The Deerslayer - James Fenimoore Cooper 75. The Pathfiner - James Fenimoore Cooper* 76. The Pilot - James Fenimoore Cooper 77. The Pioneers - James Fenimoore Cooper 78. The Red Rover - James Fenimoore Cooper 79. The Spy - James Fenimoore Cooper 80. The Prairie - James Fenimoore Cooper 81. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane*

82. Charlie and the Chocolate Facotory - Roald Dahl* 83. Matilda - Roald Dahl*
84. The BFG - Roald Dahl 85. The Twits - Roald Dahl 86. Two Years Before the Mast - Richard Henry Dana Jr. 87. Inferno - Dante 88. The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin 89. Soldiers of Fortune - Richard Harding David 90. De Balzac, Honore – Old Goriot 91. Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe*

92. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe (1719)*
93. Conquest of Mexico - Bernal Diez Del Castillo (1632) 94. How We Think - Dewey, John

95. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 96. A Tale of Two Cities - Dickens, Charles (1859)* 97. Bleak House - Charles Dickens* 98. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (1850)* 99. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (1861)* 100.Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 101.Jacques the Fatalist and His Master - Denis Diderot 102.Berlin Alexanderplatz - Alfred Doblin 103.Crime and Punishment - Feodor Dostoyevsky(1866)* 104.The Brothers Karamazov - Feodor Dostoyevsky 105.The Idiot - Feodor Dostoyevsky 106.The Possessed - Feodor Dostoyevsky 107.Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass 108.A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle (1887) 109.The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle(1902) 110.The Sign of the Four - Arthur Conan Doyle 111.The Speckled Band - Arthur Conan Doyle (1892) 112.The White Company - Arthur Conan Doyle (1891) 113.Camille - Alexandre Dumas (1852) 114.The Black Tulip - Alexandre Dumas (1850) 115.The Conspirators - Alexandre Dumas (1843) 116.The Corsican Brothers - Alexandre Dumas (1845) 117.The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (1844)* 118.The Forty-Five Guardsmen - Alexandre Dumas (1848)

119.The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas (1850) 120.The Queen’s Necklace - (Alexandre Dumas (1849) 121.The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (1844)* 122.Twenty Years After - Alexandre Dumas (1845) 123.The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot* 124.Middlemarch - George Eliot* 125.Silas Marner - George Eliot (1861)* 126.Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison 127.Nature - Ralph Waldo Emerson* 128.Self-Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson* 129.Waterloo - Emile Erckmann & Alexandre Chatrian 130.Medea - Euripides* 131.The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner 132.Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner 133.As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner 134.Birdsong - Sebastien Faulks 135.Magician - Raymond E. Feist 136.Bridget Jone’s Diary - Helen Fielding* 137.Tom Jones - Henry Fielding* 138.The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald* 139.A Sentimental Education - Gustave Flaubert 140.Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert* 141.The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett 142.The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford

143.The Magus - John Fowles 144.Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin(1817) 145.Arabian Nights - Anthony Galland(1704) 146.Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons 147.Dead Souls - Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol 148.The Cossack Chief - Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol (1839) 149.Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 150.The Lord of the Flies - William Golding 151.Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 152.The Tin Drum - Gunter Grass 153.Cleopatra - H Rider Haggard (1889) 154.King Solomon's Mines - H Rider Haggard (1885) 155.Man Without a Country - Edward Everett Hale (1863) 156.Hunger - Knut Hamsun 157.Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 158.Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy 159.Tess of the D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy* 160.The Luck of Roaring Camp - Bret Harte (1870) 161.The Outcasts of Poker Falts - Bret Harte (1870) 162.The Dark Frigate - Charles Boardman Hawes (1923) 163.The Mutineers - Charles Boardman Hawes (1920) 164.The House of the Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851) 165.The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne* 166.Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

167.A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway 168.For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway 169.The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway 170.In the Reign of Terror - G A Henty (1890) 171.The Lion of the North - G A Henty (1890) 172.Won by the Sword - G A Henty (1899)

173.Dune - Frank Herbert* 174.The Iliad - Homer (962 BCE)*
175.The Odyssey - Homer (927 BCE) 176.The Prisoner of Zenda - Anthony Hope (1894) 177.The Covered Wagon - Emerson Hough (1922) 178.An American Tragedy - Irving Howe 179.Green Mansions - William Henry Hudson (1904) 180.Ton Brown's School Days - Thomas Hughes (1856)* 181.Les Miserables - Victor Hugo 182.The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo (1831)* 183.The Man Who Laughs - Victor Hugo (1869) 184.Toilers of the Sea - Victor Hugo (1866) 185.Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston 186.Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 187.A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen 188.Peer Gynt - Henrik Ibsen* 189.A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving 190.Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving

191.The Headless Horseman - Washington Irving 192.The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James 193.The Turn of the Screw - Henry James 194.A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce 195.Ulysses - James Joyce 196.The Castle - Franz Kafka 197.The Complete Stories - Franz Kafka 198.The Trial - Franz Kafka 199.The Recognition of Sakuntala - Kalidasa 200.Critique of Pure Reason - Immanuel Kant 201.The Sound of the Mountain - Yasunari Kawabata 202.Zora the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis 203.On the Road - Jack Kerouac 204.The Stand - Stephen King 205.Westward, Ho! - Charles Kingsley (1855) 206.The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston 207.Captains Courageous - Rudyard Kipling (1897) 208.Kim - Rudyard Kipling (1901) 209.The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling (1894)* 210.Sons and Lovers - D H Lawrence* 211.Independent People - Halldor Kiljan Laxness 212.To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 213.Complete Poems of Giacomo Leopardi - Giacomo Leopardi 214.The Golden Notebook - Doris M Lessing

215.The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C S Lewis*
216.Babbitt - Sinclair Lewis 217.Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren 218.The Call of the Wild - Jack London (1903) 219.The Sea Wolf - Jack London (1904) 220.White Fang - Jack London (1906) 221.The Song of Hiawatha - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1855) 222.Courtship of Miles Standish - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1858) 223.Evangeline - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1847) 224.The Prince - Machiavelli* 225.Goodnight Mister Tom - Michelle Magorian 226.Children of Gebelawi - Naguib Mahfous 227.Buddenbrooks - Thomas Mann 228.The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann 229.Love in the time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

230.One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez*
231.Mr Midshipman Easy - Captain Frederick Marryat (1836) 232.The Little Savage - Captain Frederick Marryat (1848) 233.Dap Kapital - Karl Marx 234.The Flayed Hand - Guy de Maupassant 235.Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier 236.The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCollough 237.Barteby the Scrivener - Herman Melville 238.Moby Dick - Herman Melville (1851)*

239.Typee - Herman Melville (1846) 240.Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller 241.The Crucible - Arthur Miller 242.Winnie the Pooh - A A Milne 243.Paradise Lost - John Milton 244.Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell 245.Tartuffe - Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere 246.Essays - Michel De Montaigne 247.Anne of Green Gables - L M Montgomery 248.History - Elsa Morante 249.Beloved - Toni Morrison 250.King of the Khyber Rifles - Talbot Mundy (1916) 251.The Man Without Qualities - Robert Musil 252.Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 253.Men Against the Sea - Charles Nordhoff & James Hall (1933) 254.Mutiny on the Bounty - Charles Nordhoff & James Hall (1932) 255.Pitcairn's Island - Charles Nordhoff & James Hall (1939) 256.The Hurricane - Charles Nordhoff & James Hall (1936) 257.The Octopus - Frank Norris 258.A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor 259.Long Day's Journey into Night - Eugene O'Neill 260.1984 - George Orwell 261.Animal Farm - George Orwell 262.Under Two Flags - Ouida (1868)

263.Metamorphoses - Ovid 264.The Conspiracy of the Pontiac - Francis Parkman (1851) 265.The Oregon Trail - Franic Parkman (1849) 266.Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak* 267.Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake 268.The Book of Disquiet - Fernando Pessoa 269.The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher 270.The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath 271.The Republic - Plato 272.The Complete Tales - Edgar Allen Poe* 273.Travels of Marco Polo - Marco Polo 274.The Scottish Chiefs - Jane Porter (1809) 275.Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett 276.Mort - Terry Pratchett 277.Night Watch - Terry Pratchett 278.The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett 279.Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman 280.Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust 281.Swann's Way - Marcel Proust

282.His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman*
283.The Godfather - Mario Puzo 284.Knights of the Round Table - Howard Pyle (1903) 285.Men of Iron - Howard Pyle (1891) 286.Robin Hood - Howard Pyle (1883)

287.The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon 288.Gargantua and Pantagruel - Francois Rabelais 289.Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Rasome 290.The Cloister and the Hearth - Charles Reade (1861) 291.All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque (1928) 292.The Devil to Pay in the Backlands - Joao Guimaraes Rosa 293.Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand (1897) 294.Call it Sleep - Henry Roth 295.The Social Contract - Jean Jacques Rousseau

296.Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J K Rowling* 297.Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J K Rowling* 298.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J K Rowling*
299.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J K Rowling

300.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J K Rowling*
301.Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J K Rowling 302.The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy 303.Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo 304.Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie 305.Holes - Louis Sachar 306.A Season of Migration to the North - Tayeb Salih 307.The Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger 308.Blindness - Jose Saramago 309.Lafitte the Pirate - Lyle Saxon (1930) 310.Joan of Arc - Frederick Schiller (1801)

311.William Tell - Frederick Schiller (1804) 312.The World as Will and Idea - Arthur Schopenhauer 313.Castle Dangerous - Walter Scott (1831) 314.Ivanhoe - Walter Scott (1820)* 315.Rob Roy - Walter Scott (1818) 316.The Lady of the Lake - Walter Scott (1810) 317.The Talisman - Walter Scott (1825) 318.A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth 319.Katherine - Anya Seton 320.Lives of the Hunted - Ernest Thompson Seton (1902) 321.Wild Animals I have known - Ernest Thompson Seton (1898) 322.Black Beauty - Anna Sewell (1860) 323.A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare (1600) 324.Hamlet - William Shakespeare (1603) 325.Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare (1607)* 326.King Lear - William Shakespeare* 327.Macbeth - William Shakespeare (1606) 328.Othello - William Shakespeare 329.Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare (1597) 330.The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare 331.The Tempest - William Shakespeare 332.Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw 333.The Bostan of Saadi - Sheikh Musliju-d-Din Sa'adi of Shiraz 334.Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (1818)

335.The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu 336.A Town like Alice - Nevil Shute 337.With Fire and Sword - Henry Sienkiewicz (1890) 338.Ceremony - Leslie Marmon Silko 339.The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith 340.I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith 341.One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitseyn 342.Antigone - Sophocles 343.Oedipus the King - Sophocles 344.The Decline of the West - Oswald Spengler 345.How I Found Livingstone - Henry M Stanley (1872) 346.Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 347.The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck* 348.The Red and the Black - Stendhal 349.The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne 350.David Balfour - Robert Louis Stevenson (1893) 351.Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson (1883) 352.Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)* 353.The Black Arrow - Robert Louis Stevenson (1888) 354.The Master of Ballantree - Robert Louis Stevenson (1889) 355.Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson (1883) 356.The Bottle Imp - Robert Louis Stevenson (1891) 357.The Beach at Falesa - Robert Louis Stevenson (1892)

358.Dracula - Bram Stoker*

359.Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852) 360.Mysteries of Pari - Eugene Sue (1842) 361.Perfume - Patrick Suskind 362.Confessions of Zeno - Italo Svevo 363.Gulliver's Travels - Jonathon Swift 364.The Secret History - Donna Tartt 365.Idyls of the King - Alfred Tennyson 366.Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray* 367.Abramham Lincoln - Benjamin Thomas (1952) 368.Walden - Henry David Thoreau 369.The Hobbit - J R R Tolkien

370.The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - J R R Tolkien* 371.The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - J R R Tolkien* 372.The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - J R R Tolkien*
373.Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy* 374.The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy 375.War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 376.The Raged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell 377.Fathers and Sons - Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev 378.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (1889) 379.Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (1884)* 380.Pudd'nhead Wilson - Mark Twain (1894)

381.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain (1876)*
382.The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain (1882)

383.Ramayana - Davi Vanamali 384.20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne (1870)* 385.A Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne (1864) 386.Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne (1873)* 387.From the Earth to the Moon - Jules Verne (1870) 388.Master of the World - Jules Verne (1904) 389.Michael Strogoff - Jules Verne (1876) 390.Mysterious Island - Jules Verne (1874) 391.Off on a Comet - Jules Verne (1874) 392.Robur the Conqueror - Jules Verne (1886) 393.Tigers and Traitors - Jules Verne (1880) 394.The Aeneid - Virgil* 395.Candide - Voltaire 396.Faust - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1808/1832) 397.Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 398.The Colour Purple - Alice Walker 399.Ben Hur - Lew Wallace (1880) 400.Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh 401.The First Men in the Moon - H G Wells (1901) 402.The Food of the Gods - H G Wells (1904) 403.The Invisible Man - H G Wells (1897) 404.The Time Machine - H G Wells (1895) 405.War of the Worlds - H G Wells (1898) 406.Collected Stories - Eudora Welty

407.The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton 408.The Mathnawi - E H Whinfield 409.Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman 410.The Importance of Being Earnet - Oscar Wilde 411.The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde* 412.Our Town - Thorton Wilder 413.The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams 414.Girls in Love - Jacqueline Wilson 415.The Story of Tracy Baker - Jacqueline Wilson 416.Vicky Angel - Jacqueline Wilson 417.Double Act - Jacqueline Wilson 418.The Virginian - Owen Wister (1902) 419.Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf 420.To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf* 421.Native Son - Richard Wright 422.Swiss Family Robinson - Johann Wyss (1813) 423.Diary of a Madman and Other Stories - Xun Lu 424.The Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar 425.The Downfall - Emile Zola (1892)