100 Epic Reads of a Lifetime

For my birthday, my boyfriend got me scratch-off poster of “100 Epic Reads of a Lifetime.” Almost immediately upon opening it, he wanted me to scratch off all of the books I’ve read before so that I had knew what books I still needed to read in my lifetime. I decided however that, despite having read some of the books on the poster, I will not scratch them off until I’ve re-read them – to treat this list of 100 epic reads from scratch. When it comes to picking which books to scratch off, I’ve decided to take the poster one row at a time, picking a single book from each row before moving on to the next.*

*with the exception of books read for New England literary trip in March 2022.

The AlchemistThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyLife of PieThe Fault in Our StarsTo Kill a MockingbirdMoby DickThe Catcher in the RyeThe Great GatsbyThe DaVinci CodeThe Little Prince
The Handmaid’s TaleThe Hunger GamesA Clockwork OrangeThe Count of Monte CristoThe Old Man and the SeaFrankensteinThe Secret GardenHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone And Then There Were NoneCharolette’s Web
Pride & PrejudiceDon QuixoteThe Girl with the Dragon TattooAlice’s Adventure’s in WonderlandA Christmas CarolThe Kite RunnerThe RoadThe GiverDraculaAnne of Green Gables
Northern LightsThe Book ThiefGrapes of WrathThe Phantom TollboothThe Time Traveler’s WifeThe Adventures of Sherlock HolmesMidnight’s ChildrenThe Lord of the RingsFahrenheit 451Things Fall Apart
Of Mice and MenLord of the FliesThe Adventures of Tom SawyerOliver TwistThe Color PurpleCall of the WildLittle WomenRomeo & JulietHamletA Tale of Two Cities
Wuthering HeightsThe Shadow of the Wind1984The OdysseyThe Poisonwood BibleThe Brothers KaramazovCrime and PunishmentCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryOn the RoadUlysses
The HelpGreat ExpectationsBelovedOutlanderAnimal FarmDavid CopperfieldEmmaThe StandThe Chronicles of NarniaLolita
Memoirs of a GeishaRebeccaDuneJane EyreThe Princess BrideBrave New WorldAre You There God? It’s Me, MargaretA Game of ThronesNever Let Me GoCutting for Stone
The HobbitPortnoy’s ComplaintThe Sun Also RisesOne Hundred Years of SolitudeA Wrinkle in TimeLove in the Time of CholeraIn Cold BloodWater for ElephantsAtonementThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Far From the Madding CrowdEnder’s GameAnna KareninaThe Five People You Meet in HeavenWar and PeaceCatch-22A Prayer for Owen MeanyA Suitable BoySlaughter House FiveThe Bell Jar
Books that are highlighted & crossed off have been completed

Row 1:
01/15/21 – “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 5/5
I started off with this book for two reasons: 1) It is one of my favorite books [so much so, that I do, in fact, have a tattoo to prove it] and 2) “The Great Gatsby” has officially entered the public domain and “Nick” by Michael Farris Smith (a pseudo-prequel to “Gatsby”) was just released – making it an ideal time to revisit the book before cracking open Nick Carraway’s origin story.

03/07/22 – “Moby Dick” by Herman Mellville – 4/5
This book was read as part of the New England literary trip of March 2022.

Row 2:
05/14/21 – “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins – 5/5
I picked this book because “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” (the prequel to “Hunger Games) has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read; and, I want to re-read this – having not read it since the first time nearly 10 years ago – before I read this newest release in the franchise.

Row 3:
12/20/21 – “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens – 3/5
I picked this book simply because it’s almost Christmas.

Row 4:
02/28/22 – “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe – 5/5
I picked this book for two reasons: 1) I needed to clear this row in order to get to the next one, which contains books – plural – that pertain to a road trip I’m taking in a couple of weeks [more on that later] and 2) of the books in this row, this was the only one already on my bookshelf.

Row 5:
03/05/22 – “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott – 3/5
This book was read as part of the New England literary trip of March 2022.

03/24/22 – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain – 3/5
This book was read as part of the New England literary trip of March 2022.

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Row 9:
03/23/22 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – 3/5
This book was read as part of the New England literary trip of March 2022.

Row 10:
03/13/22 – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – 4/5
This book was read as part of the New England literary trip of March 2022.

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